Caloocan police present witness who tags Kian as ‘drug runner’; family, friends in doubt

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Caloocan police Sunday presented a suspected drug peddler, who had allegedly received drugs from slain Kian Delos Santos several times in a span of about three months.

Kian , 17, was killed by policemen during an anti-illegal drugs operation in Barangay 160, Caloocan Wednesday The police claimed Kian, a Grade 11 student, was a drug runner and was killed after he allegedly resisted arrest. But Barangay 160 officials said Kian was not on their drug watch-list.
Many witnesses claimed that they saw Kian being slapped and punched by armed cops who were not wearing uniforms. They also said that they heard the Grade 11 student pleaded:”Tama na po! Taman na po! May test pa ako bukas.”
Renato “Nono” Loveras, according to the police, was a drug suspect they arrested a day after Kian was killed. The suspect allegedly told them that Kian was a “drug runner.”
In earlier statements, Caloocan police said Kian was targeted after he was pointed by an asset.
But, in the first spot report the Caloocan police released, they said that Kian was an “unidentified man” they just encountered, meaning he was not the target.
The witness presented by the police said that a certain “Neneng” was the one ordering Kian to deliver drugs to him.
“Kay Neneng po ako kumukuha ng droga. Si Kian lang po ang nag-aabot sa akin,” Loveras said.
“Mga nasa anim na beses po ako dala linggo nakakaluha ng droga mula kay Neneng… Pero hindi po si Kian ang langing nagdadala,” he added. “May iba pa pong inuutusan.”
Loveras said that he gave Kian money after receiving the illegal drugs.
However, he said that he can’t recall how many times Kian delivered “drugs” to him.
 
‘Why only now? Where’s Neneng?’
The grieving Delos Santos family questioned why the cops presented the witness only now.
“Bakit ngayon lang po nila nilabas ‘yang witness kuno nila? Matagal na ‘yang nahuli, ‘di ba?” Randy Delos Santos, uncle of Kian.
The Manila Bulletin asked some residents in Barangay 160 if they know a woman named “Neneng”, but it turned out negative.
Lorenza Delos Santos ,43, said that the people in their area will attest about who they are, adding that they are simple indivuduals living an honest life.
“Hindi po magagawa ng anak ko ‘yun. Kahit huwag na po sa akin manggaling, kahit sa mga kapitbahay para malaman nila ang totoo,” she said.
 ‘Justice!’
 
Some young neighbors and friends of Kian were posting printed papers with the photo of Kian, saying :”JUSTICE FOR KIAN.”
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Sunday went to the wake of Kian at about 6 a.m. She promised to help the family legally.
The vice president went to the funeral straight from Naga City.
Police are still clueless about the whereabouts of “Neneng.”

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