Senator Risa Hontiveros is questioning why the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) are making so much of noise on the custody of two witnesses, each minors, to the killing of a youngster throughout a drug raid.
The two ladies, aged 13 and 16, witnessed the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos on Aug. 16 by policemen throughout a drug operation at barangay 160 in Caloocan City.
“We hope the custody and protection of some of the witnesses are not being used to muddle the search for truth and justice in the Kian killing,” Hontiveros stated.
Roy Concepcion, the daddy of one of the witnesses, sought the assistance of lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, to take custody of his youngster from Hontiveros. They failed to get her. It turned out that every one of his 5 youngsters are actually beneath the care of Caloocan Bishop Virgilio David.
Concepcion, not too long ago launched from jail on drug charges, stated he missed his youngsters. “Makuha ko lang mga anak ko, okay na po sa akin. Na-mi miss ko mga anak ko.”
Hontiveros stated that the custody of the younger witnesses has already been settled with the mom and guardian of the women. “If PAO wants to get the testimonies of the witnesses, they are free to do so.”
“The CHR (Commission on Human Rights), NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) and Ombudsman have already done so. It is only PAO who hasn’t. PAO doesn’t need to take custody of the witnesses in order to get their testimonies,” she stated.
Hontiveros added, “In fact, the NBI was able to file its own case using the testimonies of the witnesses without asking for their custody. Bakit hindi ito magawa ng PAO?”
“Kung tingin ng pamilya ng isa sa mga minor witnesses na nasa pangangalaga ngayon ng Simbahan ay mas mapapangalagaan ang kanyang kaligtasan sa ibang lugar, lubos nating igagalang ito. Sa dulo, at lagi naning inuulit, ang ultimong desisyon ay nasa mga witnesses at kanilang pamilya,” she stated.