3 Caloocan cops convicted of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos’ slay

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2018   •   4699


CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines — Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. of the Caloocan Regional Trial Court Branch 125 convicted three policemen for the murder of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos.

The court has found PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” in the  killing of Delos Santos on August 16, 2017.

Delos Santos was among the 82 individuals killed during the “One Time, Big Time” operation in Metro Manila and Bulacan from August 15 to 18, 2017.

Judge Azucena sentenced the convicted policemen to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years in prison.

The court also ordered them to compensate the family of Delos Santos with P100,000 as civil indemnity; P100,000 as moral damages; P45,000 as actual damages.

“Nakuha namin iyong hustisya para kay Kian at nagpapasalamat din kami sa lahat po ng grupo na tumulong…Maging sa press people sa pagtulong po at pagtutok sa kaso naming,” said Randy delos Santos, Kian’s uncle.

‘Iyan po ay patunay na may rule of law, truth and justice sa ating bansa at kung mayroon mang nagaganap na EJK ay hindi po iyan pinahihintulutan ng gobyerno. Kaya pag may sinumang kapulisan o enforcer na lumabag sa operations manual ng PNP at investigative body ay mananagot po sila sa batas,” said Atty. Persida Acosta, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief.

The convicted policemen earlier claimed that Delos Santos, who was alleged as a drug runner, resisted arrest and fought back by pulling a trigger at them. However, a footage from  a nearby closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) showed that the teenager was dragged by the police officers to a dark alley where his lifeless body was later found.

Investigation revealed that Delos Santos was shot in a kneeling position which led to the conclusion that the crime was an apparent execution. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

Pardon unlikely for convicted cops in Kian Delos Santos case — Malacañang

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2018


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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) considered it a welcome development that the Caloocan Regional Trial Court convicted the three cops involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos.

CHR Commissioner Chito Gascon thanked “all those who assisted in securing justice” in the case “particularly the courageous eye witnesses, the church workers, and human rights defenders who offered sanctuary, and the investigators and prosecutors who performed their duty.”

Malacañang, for its part, commended the efforts for the speedy resolution of the case.

Presidential Spokesman Secretary Salvador Panelo said the conviction of the three Caloocan cops is the proof that judicial system in still in effect in the country.

“It is a triumph of justice. It shows that this country has a robust judicial system. It also shows, that in the SONA speech of the president, the first time he said, when he declared war on drugs, those who will abuse their authority will have hell to pay,” Panelo said.

Malacañang strongly believes that the President will in no way grant pardon to the three cops because, as Panelo claims, their crime is not covered by President Duterte’s vow that he would take full responsibility for every loss of life in legitimate police operations.

 “The President will never tolerate policemen who intentionally kills, who have done it not in accordance with the performance of their duties. Obviously if the conviction is murder, which is intentional, then I don’t think the president will pardon,” the Presidential Spokesperson said,

Meanwhile, Gascon calls on the government “to step up their efforts in delivering justice for all victims of EJKs by ensuring that all perpetrators are apprehended and charged.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DOJ wraps preliminary investigation on Kian delos Santos case

admin   •   October 27, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — It was the last Department of Justice (DOJ) hearing on the death of Kian delos Santos, as the DOJ panel submitted the case for a resolution which will determine whether or not the policemen being implicated in the killing should be indicted.

Sixteen Caloocan cops are facing charges for murder, torture, and planting of evidence including PCP 7 Commander Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo.

Twelve of the policemen insisted they should not be charged since only three were present in the crime scene – namely, PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz.

Eight of them did not participate in the operation at all.

“If you will charge them just because they are members of PCP 7 of Caloocan, what kind of law do we have then? Kian’s parents are crying for justice, but what about the innocent cops,” said Atty. Oliver Yuan, the lawyer for the policemen.

The lawyer said that the Public Attorney’s Office should not rely on the findings of the PNP – internal affairs service (IAS) since it is only for administrative proceedings.

“They alleged in their joint reply that there was already a finding of the IAS that all of the respondents are liable. But in truth, there is no decision yet from the IAS,” said the lawyer.

But according to PAO, this is mere alibi of the police

“Those are self-serving allegations which are better threshed out in a trial because usually alibi is the weakest defense,” said Deputy Chief Public Attorney for Luzon. Atty. Howard Areza.

The policemen maintained Kian was killed after he engaged them in a shootout during a legitimate anti-drugs operation. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

Carl’s parents ask DOJ to speed up resolution of complaints against cop, taxi driver

UNTV News   •   October 23, 2017

The parents of Carl Arnaiz rebutted the claim of 2 Caloocan cops that the teener was killed in a legitimate police operation.

They pointed out that taxi driver Tomas Bagcal himself said there was no shoot out and the operation is ‘scripted’.

This is further controverted by the testimony of witness “Joe Daniel” who saw the cops shot carl while he was handcuffed and kneeling.

Forensic examination result also showed the victim was tortured before he was killed.

Bagcal maintained he was only coerced by PO1 Jeffrey Perez and PO1 Ricky Arquilita who threatened to kill him and his family if he will not obey the ‘script’.

But insisted he was robbed by Carl and Reynaldo de Guzman alias Kulot.

“What the family is saying is that, until Bagcal claims that their son is a robber, they will not believe him,” Public Attorney’s Office Chief Persida Acosta said.

Bagcal and the two cops are facing murder, torture and planting of evidence.

Arnaiz’s parents pleaded with the DOJ to speed up the resolution of the complaints.

Meanwhile, 12 Caloocan policemen deny involvement in the killing of Kian delos Santos.

Four of them who participated in the operation said they were not present in the crime scene when the teenager was killed.

The other 8 were not part of the operation and were only named respondents because they were previously assigned with Caloocan Police PCP 7.

“Some were on sick leave, some were assigned in other places. So you cannot commit a crime when you are not in the place of the commission of the crime, as simple as that,” policemen lawyer Atty. Oliver Yuan said.

Preliminary investigation resumes this Wednesday. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue


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