The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday filed criminal raps with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against policemen linked to the killing of teenage student Kian Loyd Delos Santos in an anti-drug operation on August 16.
Facing complaints for murder, violation of domicile under the Revised Penal Code, and planting of evidence under Section 29 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are Caloocan City police station 7 head Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, and the three policemen in the operation, Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, Police Officer 1 Jerwin Cruz, and Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda.
Separate complaints for murder and torture were earlier filed by Delos Santos’ family, through the Public Attorney’s Office, against the policemen also with the DOJ.
The complaints filed by Delos Santos’ parents will soon undergo preliminary investigation where the respondents will be given a chance to air their side, which the prosecutors have to take into account when deciding whether to dismiss the complaints or press charges in court.
Policemen said they killed Delos Santos during an anti-illegal drug operation on August 16 in Barangay 160, Caloocan City after the teenager fired at them as he was escaping.
Delos Santos’ family, however, claimed that CCTV footage would prove that the teenager could not have run away as he was being dragged away by policemen after his apprehension.
But the police said Delos Santos was a drug runner and that his father and uncles were into the illegal drug trade, an accusation that has since been denied by his family.