VP Robredo calls for independent probe on Kian's death

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  • Vice President Leni Robredo visited Kian's wake on Sunday after arriving from Naga City.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 20) — Vice President Leni Robredo called for an independent investigation on the death of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos, to give his family the closure they deserve.

Robredo visited Kian's wake on Sunday after arriving from Naga City. She was taken by Kian's father to the places where police dragged his son and where he was shot.

"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 said on her weekly radio show, Biserbisyong Leni.

[Translation:Now, this has a face, Kian. And the question on my mind is — how many Kians will happen?]

Robredo said it is the public's obligation to show outrage over the drug killings.

The Vice President says she feels for Kian's parents, being a mother herself.

"Mahirap nang mawalan ng asawa, pero sigurado ako mas mahirap mawalan ng anak," she said.

[Translation: It's difficult to lose a husband, but I'm certaom it's harder to lose a child.]

Robredo added this tragic incident could happen to any parent.

"Parang napaka-personal sa akin, kasi ka-edad niya iyong bunso ko. Kaya kapag nangyayari ito sa ganiyan, maiisip mo na kung nangyari sa kaniya, puwedeng mangyari sa mga anak natin," she said on her show.

[Translation: This feels personal to me because he is the same age as my youngest child. If this happened to him, this could happen to our children.]

Robredo relayed stories told by Kian's parents. They said he helped his father with their sari-sari store - working there in the morning and then going to school in the afternoon.

Kian's mother said her son asked money to buy a second-hand bicycle so he wouldn't have to walk home from school at night.

Robredo recalled Kian's father's guilt, as he had to leave their home that night to borrow money so he could replenish their store's stock of snacks.

"Sabi noong tatay, 'Kung hindi siguro ako lumabas para mangutang, hindi siguro iyon nangyari,'" she said.

[Translation: The father said, 'Maybe if I hadn't left home to borrow money, it would not have happened.']

Kian's mother worked overseas as a domestic helper, but rushed home after finding out her son was killed.

"Sabi naman noong nanay, 'Kung hindi siguro ako lumabas ng bansa, hindi ito mangyayari,'" Robredo said.

[Translation: The mother said, 'If I hadn't gone to work overseas, this would not have happened.]

Robredo said her office has offered to help the Delos Santos family.

Poe: The truth must come out

"Nakakalungkot at siyempre, nakakabahala [It's sad and of course, troubling]," Poe said, when asked what she felt about the death of  Kiam

She said her colleagues were right to call for an investigation into the spate on killings that left 69 people dead in a span of three days.

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"Dapat maparusahan ang mga abusado dito," she said.

[Translation: The abusive ones must be punished.]

She added, "Nakikita naman natin, maraming nang-aabuso talaga sa programa na ito para pigilin ang paglaganap ng droga. Yung mga wala namang - yung mga inosente, maprotektahan."

[Translation: We can see there are those who abuse this program to stop the spread of drugs. The innocent ones must be protected.]

Poe, along with Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Nancy Binay, have called for called for a probe on the death of Kian.

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