Senate resumes probe on death of Kian Delos Santos

 

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2) — The Senate resumed its probe on the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos on Monday.

Today's probe is the third hearing on the case of Kian, a Grade 11 student who died in an anti-drug operation in Caloocan City on August 16, conducted by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson.

During the second committee hearing, a witness identified two Caloocan police - Police Station 7 head Police Officer (PO) 3 Arnel Oares and PO1 Jeremias Pereda - who were with Kian when he was killed.

Authorities claimed the 17-year-old was a drug courier. He allegedly drew a firearm during the anti-drug operations, which prompted the police to fire back.

However, the witness said she heard Kian plead for his life.

READ: Witness identifies two Caloocan cops in Kian slay

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation filed a murder complaint with the Justice Department (DOJ) on August 31 against four Caloocan police, including Oares and Pereda, who allegedly had a hand in killing Kian.

READ: NBI files murder raps vs police linked in Kian Delos Santos slay

The DOJ started its own probe on Kian's case on September 15.

Metro Manila Police Chief Oscar Albayalde relieved all 1,143 Caloocan police officers on Friday following a series of incidents that linked police personnel to the killings in August of teenagers Delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, and Reynaldo "Kulot" de Guzman.

Personnel of Caloocan Police Station 4 were also tagged in a robbery incident, after they conducted a supposed anti-drug raid without a search warrant. CCTV footage showed no one was home during the raid. One of the police officers was also seen picking up some items.

READ: Caloocan police force replaced