KIAN REMEMBERED People offer flowers at the Kian delos Santos, found in the San Roque Cathedral compound in Caloocan City. -RICHARD A. REYES
Teen Victim Kian Loyd delos Santos' last help cry must serve as a constant call for justice on behalf of all victims of human rights violations in the government's war against drugs, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said on Friday
As the public marked the first anniversary of Delos Santos' death, his story Filipinos should continue to remember never to remain in the midst of the wave of murder, said lawyer Jacqueline de Guia, CHR spokesperson,
] Appropriate justice
"The call for opportunistic justice is not just for him, but for all minors and young people whose lives and dreams were endured in the campaign against illegal drugs," she said.
She quoted the results of an investigation by a CHR team that found that Delos Santos, a 17-year-old grade 11 student, in contrast to the demands of the police actually begged for mercy when he was picked up by police officers from his home in Caloocan City on August 16 read t year.
"Please stop, sir, I have an exam tomorrow," he told his kidnappers, as quoted from a research report by the CHR.
The Guia showed disgust that Delos Santos was killed by "policemen who [were] were the protectors of the people."
"We owe it to youth, especially to the innocent lives lost in the anti- drug operations, to fight for a society that is free from violence and abuse and that really upholds the dignity and rights of everyone "she said.
Although criminal and administrative cases were filed against three police officers, others were not held accountable. "Worse, [they were even] promoted," she said.
The Guia called on the PNP leadership to ensure that they would bring the law of law enforcement that was involved in drug-related killings.
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