Vice President Leni Robredo condoled with the household of Kian Loyd delos Santos, he 17-year-old scholar shot lifeless in police anti-drug operations in Caloocan City final week.
Robredo went straight from Naga early Sunday to Kian’s wake at Libis Baesa, Barangay 160, Caloocan the place Robredo Kian’s mother and father – Zaldy who runs a sari-sari retailer, and Lorenzana, an abroad Filipino employee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who had rushed dwelling following the information of her son’s death.
“Nakakalungkot ito. Ngayon, may mukha ito, itong si Kian. Parang sumasagi sa isip natin, ilan na ba iyong Kian na dumaan? Ilan pa ba iyong Kian na mangyayari?” she mentioned in her weekly radio present, Biserbisyong Leni, on RMN.
“Kaya tayo naman, kapag ganito, tingin ko obligasyon natin ipahayag iyong ating pagkamuhi sa ganitong klaseng pangyayari.”
VP Leni mentioned she empathized with the mother and father, since she was a mom and considered one of her daughters was Kian’s age.
“Ako, naramdaman ko kung papaano mawalan ng mahal sa buhay. Napakahirap talaga, parang pinapatay ka din. Pero hindi ko ma-imagine na— Mahirap nang mawalan ng asawa, pero sigurado ako mas mahirap mawalan ng anak. Kasi ito, iniluwal mo, ikaw iyong nag-asikaso. Tapos nakakaawa kasi pareho iyong tatay saka iyong nanay, parang bine-blame iyong sarili nila,” she mentioned.
She additionally famous how Kian’s household, in addition to their neighbors, have talked about how good the younger man was. His father, particularly, was emotional since Kian helped run their small sari-sari retailer, she added.
“Nakakaawa kasi makikita mo, isa itong ordinaryong pamilya, katulad ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino na talagang naghihikahos na pagdaan iyong lahat na kahirapan mapag-aral lang iyong mga anak,” Robredo mentioned.
Robredo was accompanied by lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, national chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), a number one national group of human rights legal professionals.
Kian’s father took the Vice President by the alleyway the place his son was dragged by policemen, as seen within the barangay’s CCTV footage, to the spot the place he was killed.
Robredo mentioned an “independent” investigation have to be carried out on the incident, because the CCTV footage and accounts from neighbors seemingly contradict the claims of the police.
“[I]yong atin lang ninanais, sana magkaroon naman ng independent na imbestigasyon, kasi lalong— Alam mo iyon? Kapag hindi kampante iyong magulang sa klase ng imbestigasyon, hindi nabibigyan ng parang closure iyong kaso, at baka patuloy na nangyayari iyong ganitong nangyari kay Kian,” she mentioned.
The Vice President additionally reiterated her name for the administration to rethink its strategy in the direction of its combat in opposition to unlawful medication.
“Sang-ayon naman tayo na malaki talaga iyong suliranin sa ilegal na droga, pero baka iyong pamamaraan, mayroong mas mabuti, na hindi iyong karapatang pantao na iyong nakasalalay, iyong mga inosente nabibiktima,” she mentioned.