PNP-IAS: Men dragging Kian Delos Santos in the CCTV footage are police officers

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said two policemen have admitted they were the men dragging Kian Loyd Delos Santos on August 16 as caught in a CCTV footage in Caloocan City.

In their initial investigation, IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo revealed there were lapses in the alleged anti-illegal drugs operation which led to Kian's death.

"Dalawang pulis na sila nga daw ang nag akbay kay Kian at si Kian ang nasa video at taliwas sa kanilang unang sinasabi na yun informant," said Triambulo.

[Translation: Two policemen approached Kian, who was in the video, which is contrary to their previous claim that it was an informant.]

The PNP-IAS will submit its initial report to PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Wednesday and will recommend the filing of administrative charges against the involved policemen.

Triambulo said based on records, 13 Caloocan policemen were involved in that particular operation, not just the three officers who were initially placed under restrictive custody—PO3 Armel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, and PO1 Jerwin Cruz.

He said they will request the remaining policemen involved in the operation to be placed under restrictive custody as well.

"Kasama rin aming irerequest na sila ay aming disarmahan at ilagay sa restrictive custody para maglabasan, hindi matatakot yung para hindi matakot yung iba na pwedeng magbigay ng impormasyon dahil yung pulis ay aming nadisarmahan. Para mapanatag ang tao na sila ay magbigay ng impormasyon at matuklasan ang totoo," said the IAS chief.

[Translation: We will also request for them to be disarmed and put into restrictive custody, so the witnesses will not be afraid to step forward and give information.]

So far, station commander CInsp. Amor Cerillo, Caloocan Police Chief Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna, and Northern Police District Roberto Fajardo were administratively relieved from their posts to give-way to an impartial investigation.