In what has been the bloodiest week but in President Duterte’s battle on medication, critics of the crackdown now have a reputation, and a face, to function a spotlight for opposition.
Last Wednesday (August 18) 17-ear-old pupil Kian Loyd Delos Santos was shot lifeless by police after they claimed he had resisted arrest and fired at them.
However, CCTV footage, witness testimony and post-mortem proof all seem to contradict this declare.
Now the three police officers are suspended and in custody and investigations are underway.
While loads of phrases have been spoken, and loads of inked spilled, right here — in no specific order — are some of the key quotes about the case:
“Should the investigation level to liabilities, my warning to all is there will likely be a prosecution and so they [police] have to go to jail. That I can guarantee you.
“If it is really rubout, they have to answer for it. They have to go to jail.”
Police chief Ronald dela Rosa
[When asked if he would attend the teenager’s wake] “Do you need me to be pretentious like a politician if I’ll go there? I’ll be pretending.
“I know they are grieving. They feel bad. The police killed their son then I would go there just to be slapped by the mother.”
Cardinal Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila
“We knock on the consciences of those that kill even the helpless, particularly those that cowl their faces with bonnets, to cease losing human lives.
“The illegal drug problem should not be reduced to a political or criminal issue. It is a humanitarian concern that affects all of us.”
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
“I would love to specific my deepest sympathies to the household and family members of Kian delos Santos. Whether or not he was concerned in the use or trafficking of unlawful medication, he didn’t deserve to die in the method that he did.
“If the allegations of foul play are proven then the perpetrators must be brought to justice. They must be made to account for what they have done.”
Senator Manny Pacquiao
“I totally help President Duterte’s battle on medication however I don’t help the mindless killings of these abusive policemen who’re taking benefit of their energy
“Even President Duterte stated, if police murdered Kian delos Santos, he will likely be the one who will carry them to jail and that’s the clear stance of the president, which making it clear that he’s instructing the police to do their obligation however not instructing them to violate the regulation.
“It’s our duty to uphold the principle of due process.”
Senator Bam Aquino
“This is a chance for the Senate to assert independence, uphold justice and stand with the Filipino.
“Lots of our countrymen are saddened, angered and calling to an finish of these killings whereby poor Filipinos are all the time the victims.
“[The drug war] targets only the poor and the helpless, while influential personalities are given due process, especially those involved in the P6.4 billion illegal drugs that slipped past the Bureau of Customs last May.”
“The government’s all-out war against illegal drugs has failed to address the root causes of the drug menace in the country.”
Leila de Lima
[In a hand-written statement issued from her jail cell] “I dare you, Mr President to situation a transparent and categorical order to the complete police pressure to STOP THE KILLINGS NOW.
“Any other way to try to appease the growing outrage sparked by the Kian killing and other recent incidents of summary execution under the mantle of the “One Time, Big Time” operations can be inadequate as it’s hypocritical,” De Lima stated.
“Just say it. Do it now, please,
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
[On his order that church bells be tolled daily to demand justice for the dead] “Let the ringing of bells additionally signify the diocese’s strongest condemnation of the persevering with killings, that are being justified as crucial in the battle [on] medication.
“We continue to pray for justice for the victims; peace in our country and enlightenment for all Filipinos to preserve the sanctity of life.”
Northern Police District Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo.
“People used to call him an addict and a pusher, but now that he is dead, he is now being described as kind. People are riding on this, that he was kind and practically a saint. But before that, it seemed he was an addict and a pusher.”
“The 10 grams more or less cost 18,000 pesos, depending if it is high grade. Shabu sold in one pack is equal to 5 grams, which is 8,000 to 9,000 pesos. So they got two packs containing 10 grams with a value of around 18,000 pesos, which they recovered from Kian,”
Senator Antonio Trillanes
[On Chf. Supt. Fajardo’s accusation, above] “You already killed him, and you’ll nonetheless besmirch his identify? That is how evil these individuals are. To them the whole lot is propaganda.
“He did not fight back. That is the issue. Whatever was the circumstances that led to his death, this is a clear case of summary execution.”
Vice President Leni Robredo
You know, that is one thing private to me as a result of he was the similar age as my youngest daughter. That’s why when this stuff occur, you’ll suppose that if it occurred to him, it may additionally occur to our youngsters.
“This is saddening. Now, Kian gives it a human face. How many Kians have we had? How many more Kians will follow? That’s why when this happens, I think it is our obligation to express our condemnation.”
US Ambassador Sung Kim
“My condolences go out to the family and friends of Kian. Hope that the investigations lead to full accountability,”