Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Chito Gascon has expressed disappointment over the death of a 17-year-old senior highschool pupil in Caloocan City who was reportedly slain by policemen throughout an anti-narcotics operation on Wednesday evening.
“Malungkot na kaganapan na ang ating mga kabataan ay nagiging bahagi sa rising death toll (It is sad that our youth are part of the rising death toll),” Gascon informed the Philippine News Agency (PNA) after a press convention on the CHR workplace Friday afternoon.
Kian Loyd delos Santos was reportedly gunned down by policemen throughout an “Oplan Galugad” operation in Caloocan.
“Kung paniniwalaan natin yung CCTV (footage), hindi siya kailangan mapatay dahil mayroong eksenang lumabas sa CCTV, hawak na siya ng pulis. Tapos ang kasunod na eksena ay ito, napaslang siya (If we are to believe the CCTV footage, he did not have to end up dead. There was a scene in the CCTV where he was held by the police. Then in the next scene, he was already dead),” he added.
According to authorities, the boy took off on the sight of the policemen, and tried to withstand and struggle again with a gun, prompting the police officers to shoot him.
However, witness accounts and photographs from a safety digital camera confirmed two policemen dragging Kian before he was discovered lifeless.
Witnesses stated the boy was begging the officers to let him go as he was being compelled to disclose drug suppliers. They claimed the boy was given a gun and was instructed to fireside it and run away, presumably to corroborate claims he resisted arrest.
”Malungkot itong kay Kian. Nangarap pala siyang maging police officer. Mataas ang pagtingin sa kapulisan (Kian’s case is unhappy. He dreamt of changing into a police officer. He appeared as much as the police),” Gascon lamented.
Gascon stated the CHR is investigating Kian’s case, together with different deaths from police operations in Bulacan, Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela this week. (PNA)
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