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Ilan pang Kian ang mangyayari? Robredo offers help to parents of teen killed in Caloocan drug ops

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Vice President Leni Robredo has offered assistance to the parents of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, the 17-year-old student who was shot dead by the police in anti-drug operations in Caloocan City last week.

Robredo made the offer during her visit to Delos Santos’ wake Sunday (August 20) in Barangay 160 in Caloocan.

She was accompanied in the visit by lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, national chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), a leading national organization of human rights lawyers.

“Sabi naman namin, kung anong desisyon nila at kung anong tulong na puwede naming igawad, tutulong tayo. Naiintindihan natin [na] talagang matindi iyong paghihinagpis ng mga magulang, at hindi naiintindihan kung bakit kailangang mangyari iyon sa anak nila,” Robredo said.

Robredo, who went straight to Delos Santos’ wake from Naga City, said she empathizes with Delos Santos’ parents since is a mother with a teenage daughter.

“Nakakalungkot ito. Ngayon, may mukha ito, itong si Kian. Parang sumasagi sa isip natin, ilan na ba iyong Kian na dumaan? Ilan pa ba iyong Kian na mangyayari?” she said in her weekly radio show, Biserbisyong Leni, on RMN. “Kaya tayo naman, kapag ganito, tingin ko obligasyon natin ipahayag iyong ating pagkamuhi sa ganitong klaseng pangyayari.”

The Vice President said that while she has experienced how to lose a loved one when her husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, died, she can only fathom how hard it was for Delos Santos’ parents to lose their son.

“Mahirap nang mawalan ng asawa, pero sigurado ako mas mahirap mawalan ng anak. Kasi ito, iniluwal mo, ikaw iyong nag-asikaso. Tapos nakakaawa kasi pareho iyong tatay saka iyong nanay, parang bine-blame iyong sarili nila,” she said.

Police claimed they shot Delos Santos because he fired at them while the anti-drug operations were happening on the evening of August 16.

However, surveillance footage and eyewitness accounts showed the teenager was mercilessly dragged into a dark alley by policemen wearing casual clothes.

A witness said Delos Santos was punched repeatedly by the cops before he was told to run and fire a gun.