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)