Huge crowds attended a funeral procession in the present day (Saturday, August 26) for the teenager shot by police final week, making the march one of many largest protests but towards President Duterte’s battle on medication.
The death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos has drawn recent consideration to accusations that police are engaged in a marketing campaign of extra-judicial killings — a charge the authorities deny.
Nuns, monks and lots of of kids, chanting “justice for Kian, justice for all” joined the funeral cortege as it made its means from a church to the cemetery the place the coed was buried.
The boy’s father, Saldy, spoke briefly throughout a mass to defend his son’s innocence and specific anger over the police. “Don’t they have a heart?” he requested. “I’m not sure they do. There’s a lot of churches, they should go there.”
According to witnesses and CCTV footage, Delos Santos was dragged by plain-clothes policemen to a darkish alley in Caloocan, Metro Manila, earlier than being shot within the head.
Police say they acted in self defence after delos Santos opened hearth on them utilizing a gun recovered from the right-handed teenager’s left hand.
The mother and father and legal professionals of delos Santos filed a homicide criticism towards the three anti-narcotics policemen yesterday.
The criticism follows at the very least two different circumstances filed final yr towards police over alleged drug-war killings.
Delos Santos’ flower-draped coffin handed alongside a fundamental street atop a small truck adorned with tarpaulins studying “Run, Kian, Run” and “Stop the killings”. Passing motorists honked in assist.
Renato Reyes, secretary basic of left-wing activist group Bayan (Nation), mentioned: “This is an indication that the folks have had sufficient and are indignant over the impunity that prevails in the present day.
“The people protest the utter lack of accountability in the police force.”
Mourners, a few of them carrying white shirts, held flowers and small flags, and placards denouncing the killing.
A member of Rise Up, a Manila-based coalition of church-related teams opposing the drug battle, informed Reuters that households of about 20 different victims had joined the procession.
Department of Justice personnel armed with assault rifles had been on guard through the procession and church service.
A strong majority of Filipinos proceed to assist the anti-drug marketing campaign, however recent voices are becoming a member of the refrain of criticism for the reason that death of Delos Santos amid a bloody week of killings throughout Luzon final week.
The president’s communication workplace reiterated in the present day that he wouldn’t tolerate wrongdoing by regulation enforcers and referred to as on the general public to “trust the justice system under the Duterte presidency.”