PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa said Friday that 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos was not totally innocent when police killed him during a drug operation in Caloocan City in August.
"Pardon me sa mga grieving parents. Pardon me sa namatay na bata. Kapag sinabi mo na totally innocent 'yun na pinatay, I don't buy that story dahil meron akong alam talaga," he said.
[Pardon me to grieving parents. Pardon me to the minor who was killed. If you say he was totally innocent when he was killed, I don't buy that story because I really know something.]
Dela Rosa said there is more in the killing of Delos Santos that the public would know in the proper time and venue which is in the court.
However, Dela Rosa admitted that whatever the real story is, it still does not justify Delos Santos killing.
Delos Santos was killed on August 16 during the conduct of anti-illegal drugs operations in Barangay 160, Caloocan City.
Based on the incident report, the three policemen said there was a shootout before they chanced upon Delos Santos who tried to shoot them, which prompted them to shoot and kill him.
But a surveillance video showed Delos Santos being dragged by two policemen, making their claim of a shootout impossible.
Policemen involved in the incident said it was not Delos Santos that they were dragging but a police informant.
An eyewitness said there was no shootout that happened and that Delos Santos was dragged by the policemen in a dark alley and shot him.
The witness said Delos Santos even tried to plead for his life.
Delos Santos was killed before authorities had established that he is involved in the illegal drugs operations.
Forensic and autopsy reports reveal that Delos Santos was kneeling when police officers shot him.
Three police officers and a relieved police precinct chief are facing criminal complaints of torture and murder before the Department of Justice. (SunStar Philippines)