Caloocan police chief placed in freezer during probe on Kian’s death

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday placed the police station commander of Caloocan City on “administrative relief” in the wake of the public outcry over the shooting of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos during an anti-drugs operation last August 16.

“On instructions of PNP Chief, Police Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa, Special Orders have been issued placing Police Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna on administrative relief as Chief of Police of Caloocan City Police Station effective today (Monday),” said PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos in a briefing Monday at Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Carlos said the action was a “procedural measure” to guarantee impartiality in the ongoing investigation of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on the circumstances surrounding Delos Santos’ death.

Although Bersaluna is not directly a subject of the investigation, the administrative relief prevents the former from possibly exerting his influence on the investigation involving four members of his command.

“I extend the deepest sympathy of the PNP leadership to the bereaved family of Kian Lloyd over this unfortunate incident with the sincerest assurance of our highest resolve to serve the best interest of truth and justice,” Carlos stressed.

Dela Rosa has also ordered National Capital Region Police Office head Director Oscar Albayalde to place the above-mentioned four officers into restrictive custody.

The four policemen, identified as PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremiah Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz and their precinct commander, Chief Insp. Amor Cerillo, were earlier ordered relieved over Delos Santos’ death.

Initial reports claimed that the victim was shot dead by law men after the former fired shots at officers conducting anti-narcotics operations in the area. (PNA)