Three witnesses to the homicide of Kian Delos Santos, the 17-year-old pupil killed within the Caloocan City anti-drug operations final Aug. 16, at the moment are underneath Senate custody, Senator Risa Hontiveros mentioned Thursday.
Hontiveros together with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) National Center for Legal Aid and Caloocan Bishop Ambo David took custody of the three witnesses — 31-year-old and two minors aged 16 and 13 years previous — since Sunday (August 20).
“Chairman Lacson also extended the sanctuary of the Senate using his Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs,” Hontiveros instructed reporters in a press convention after the listening to into Kian’s slay.
Hontiveros mentioned that her workplace has “full coordination” with Lacson in addition to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.
She mentioned her request for an government session to hear to the testimonies’ of the minor witnesses didn’t push by way of as a result of Lacson’s committee was ready for an authorization letter from one of many witnesses’ mom who works as an abroad Filipino employee (OFW) in Oman.
“Minabuti ni Chairman Lacson na bago sila idinig sa executive session ay makuha ang authorization in writing mula sa Nanay (ng isa sa mga testigo),” she mentioned.
She added her workplace has additionally stored in contact with the witnesses’ dad and mom through textual content message.
The senator mentioned that the siblings of one of many witnesses have additionally requested to accompany their member of the family within the Senate.
During the listening to, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II insisted that the witnesses needs to be positioned underneath the federal government’s witness safety program (WPP) as they might simply be “brainwashed” underneath Hontiveros’ custody.
Hontiveros, nevertheless, reiterated that it was up to the witnesses and their households to resolve who ought to present them safety.
Also throughout the listening to, Kian’s dad and mom, Saldy and Lorenzana Delos Santos, got here face to face with the three police officers accused of killing their son specifically; PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz.
The three cops refused to reply a lot of the senators’ questions together with “Who killed Kian Delos Santos?” and as an alternative invoked their proper towards self incrimination.
Delos Santos’ dad and mom , took the chance to naked their hearts out to the policemen telling them how painful it was to lose their son who dreamt of changing into a cop like them. (Philippine News Agency)