A Case of Mistaken Identity?
Last Wednesday, a teenager named Kian Lloyd Delos Santos was killed in a One Time Big Time operation called Oplan Galugad. This operation was conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Barangay 160 in Caloocan City.
Based on the report released by the Caloocan Police District, the seventeen-year-old student took a gunshot in his body. He reportedly drew a firearm to shoot the coming police officers.
Paraphernalia from the Operation
The police force allegedly found two sachets of suspected shabu, a .45 caliber pistol plus 4 bullets on the Grade 11 student’s body.
Different Image from the CCTV
The story turned when a CCTV footage showed a different scenario of what truly happened. The said video showed two men in civilian uniform dragging the young student to an unseen spot.
While the incident was happening, onlookers were seen watching. After a few minutes, another person followed the two men.
Another witness stated that she heard one of the men ordering Kian to hold the gun. The teenager was surprised and scared when he asked, “Ano pong gagawin ko dito?”
One of the men in civilian said, “Iputok mo! Tapos tumakbo ka!” The witness said the student tearfully run for his life.
Not a Drug Addict
The father of Kian, Saldy Delos Santos, denied the allegation that his son is a drug addict. He revealed that Kian is dreaming of becoming a policeman someday, after being inspired by the movie “Narcos.”
The teenager was attested by his neighbors to be a good son and model student, selling candies to continue his studies.
Saldy also questioned the claims that his son had a gun during the shootout. He said that if his son had a gun, the policemen will discover it immediately when he patted him down for weapons.
Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo stated that the teenager was believed to be a drug runner by Neneng Escopino who is on the watch list.
Netizens were enraged about the killing. A movement under the hashtag #JusticeForKian is trending online.
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