Caloocan cops blame ‘grandstanding’ politikos, media for ‘twisting’ Kian slay case
Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo and his fellow police suspects have blamed the media and politicians for twisting the death of 17-year-old student Kian Delos Santos as another extrajudicial killing.
The dismissed commander of Caloocan City Police Community Precinct 7 and his former subordinates pointed this out in their respective counter-affidavits they filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday(September 25).
“The media and the grandstanding politicians only twisted the incident involving Kian delos Santos by making it appear that there is a policy of killing in the PNP (Philippine National Police), but the truth is, there is none,” their affidavits read.
The policemen insisted Kian is a drug courier and fired his firearm during the drug operation on August 16.
“If only Kian delos Santos did not engage our police officers in a shootout, that tragic incident would have not happened. Moreover, if Kian Loyd delos Santos did not involve himself in the illegal activities, then he would not be involved in any “Oplan Galugad” and he does not need to open fire at our patrolling police officers,” the respondents stated.
However, they lamented “the media and grandstanding politicians pictured Kian delos Santos before the public as an innocent minor but the truth of th matter is that Kian Loyd delos Santos is indeed a drug courier.”
“This is no longer surprising because it is a public knowledge that minors are being used by criminal syndicates in perpetrating crimes, particularly illegal drug trade,” they added.
Cerillo’s co-respondents include PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and PO1 Jeremias Pereda.
They are accused of murder, violation of domicile, torture and planting of evidence.