Duterte meets with Kian delos Santos’ parents

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Duterte meets with Kian delos Santos’ parents
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos, parents of the 17-year-old student whose death at the hands of police sparked outrage in the country

SAN FERNANDO, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two days after the burial of teenager Kian delos Santos, President Rodrigo Duterte met with his parents on Monday, August 28.

Duterte was meeting with Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos at the Malacañang Golf Club as of writing. According to a Palace source, the meeting was requested by the Delos Santoses.

The President typically holds more intimate meetings at the clubhouse, just a few steps from his Manila residence, Bahay Pangarap. Most meetings and events are held in the Palace.

Present at the meeting were Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta, and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption chairman Dante Jimenez, according to Malacañang.

Duterte was unable to attend 17-year-old Delos Santos’ wake, saying doing so would fuel too many “suppositions” about the boy’s death, including a validation that the police involved are guilty of murder.

The President, after watching the CCTV footage of two men, supposedly police, dragging Delos Santos to the alley where he died, agreed the incident points to possible abuse by law enforcement personnel.

He vowed that, if proven guilty, Caloocan police would “rot in jail.”

Hundreds marched alongside Delos Santos’ coffin during his funeral procession last Saturday, August 26. Protesters have called for an end to Duterte’s drug war, saying Delos Santos’ death proves it has spiraled out of control. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is Rappler’s Community Lead, in charge of linking our journalism with communities for impact.