NBI: Cops murdered Kian delos Santos, planted evidence

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NBI: Cops murdered Kian delos Santos, planted evidence


The National Bureau of Investigation says it is 'very evident' that Caloocan City policemen intended to kill the 17-year-old boy

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday, August 31, filed a complaint for murder and planting of evidence against Caloocan City policemen who killed teenager Kian delos Santos during a drug raid on August 16.

The NBI concluded that Delos Santos’ death was a case of intentional killing.

“From the collective acts of herein police officers prior, during, and after the incident, it is very evident that they have one single purpose, that is to kill [the] victim,” reads part of the complaint sent to reporters by the Department of Justice (DOJ).


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the case may be consolidated with the earlier complaint filed by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO). The PAO complaint was for murder and torture, while the NBI complaint also includes violation of Section 29 of Republic Act 9165 or planting of evidence.

“Any person who is found guilty of ‘planting’ any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical, regardless of quantity and purity, shall suffer the penalty of death,” states the law.

The NBI also said the cops staged the arrest of the supposed witness who claimed that Delos Santos was a drug runner.

A certain Mr Luberas, alias Nono, was arrested by Caloocan City cops on August 17. Nono was subsequently presented to media in a briefing where he claimed that the 17-year-old Delos Santos was involved in drug transactions.

“The alleged arrest of Nono was only staged to conceal the crime these police officers have committed,” stated the NBI.

The NBI complaint is against the same 4 policemen: Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, Police Officer 1 Jerwin Cruz, Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, and their station commander, Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo.

The DOJ earlier created a 3-man panel to handle the Delos Santos case.

The teenager’s killing has prompted tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte to temper his remarks about his bloody war on drugs.

Public outrage spread after CCTV footage and witnesses’ testimonies contradicted the police narrative that Delos Santos fought back. – Rappler.com

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Lian Buan

Lian Buan is a senior investigative reporter, and minder of Rappler's justice, human rights and crime cluster.