President Duterte has called for a thorough investigation of the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos and the arrest of policemen involved in the killing of the teenager.
In a press conference late Monday night, the President said that after watching the said CCTV footage of the raid, he immediately ordered the arrest of the police officers involved.
“I agree that there should be an investigation. Should it point to liability, there should be prosecution and jail if they are convicted,” Duterte said.
“No luto-luto (cooking things up) because I really don’t interfere,” he added.
Duterte said that he refused to comment on the issue during the past few days since Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguire II already ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the case.
“I refrained from commenting because naunahan ako ni (I was preempted by) Aguirre. Hindi ko makwestiyon decision niya (I cannot question his decision) because that would be unethical and illegal,” he said.
The President also said that they would abide by the result of the NBI’s investigation.
“Whatever the recommendation the NBI will make, will be our take. ‘Pag sinabi na kulungin kayo, kulungin (If they say that they will have to be imprisoned, then that will happen). Sorry. You’ll have to face the consequence,” he said.
Meanwhile, following the visit of Vice President Leni Robredo to the wake of Delos Santos in Caloocan City, Duterte said he can’t do the same since it would be like admitting the fault of the police.
“My visit would be pregnant with so many suppositions. It would put so much pressure on the police and be interpreted as saying sorry,” Duterte said.
“I would be the last to condemn the police without investigation,” he added.
Duterte also reiterated that he did not order the police to kill drug suspects but said that he believes that some deaths brought about by the drug war are the results of police abuse.
Malacañang earlier condemned Kian’s death, reassuring the public that the police officers in question will be properly investigated.
“The President, who continues to vigorously pursue the dismantling of drug apparatus, ensures that erring enforcers will be properly investigated,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Saturdaymorning.
Abella also acknowledged the public’s sentiment on the latest incident that was brought about by the administration’s drug war.
“[I] would like to make it clear that the violent death of any Filipino is one death too many, especially that of Kian Lloyd de los Santos,” Abella said.
“This deeply regrettable incident has triggered deep public sentiment and challenges those in law enforcement to be wary of the reckless exercise of power and authority,” he added.
Abella earlier said the death of Delos Santos is an isolated case while defending the drug war, saying the recent drug operations were not being done without rhyme or reason.