Informant, drug suspect implicating Kian is same person – witnesses
MANILA, Philippines – Did police use their informant in the drug raid that killed Kian delos Santos then nab him the next day? Witness accounts say so.
According to accounts accompanying the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) complaint against cops involved in the killing of the boy, a certain Nono Lubiras pointed Delos Santos as involved in the drug trade at the evening of August 16.
When cops and Lubiras saw Delos Santos, an IBP witness supposedly heard Lubiras say: "“Siya po si Kian, siya yung nag-aabot sa akin.”" (That is Kian, he's the one I get drugs from.)
The killing followed. (READ: NBI: Cops murdered Kian delos Santos, planted evidence)
The next day, cops conducted another police operation in the area and arrested Lubiras, named Renato Loveras in their report for his involvement in the drug trade. This was reinforced by the witnesses saying Lubiras was a known drug pusher in their neighborhood.
When Delos Santos' case elevated to national attention and sparked public outcry, police presented Lubiras to the media on August 22 to say once more that he got drugs from the teenager.
In the span of a week, Lubiras helped out cops, was nabbed, then made to face cameras. Does this mean that there was a case of betrayal? Not necessarily.
According to sources privy to police operations, informants cooperating with police should just be "knowledgeable" of illegal activity, and not necessarily be "sangkot" (involved) in it themselves.
"Informants who are guilty of crimes cannot ask protection from police at magyabang sila na tumulong sila sa operation," (They cannot brag that they helped in the police operation) a source said. (READ: How the PNP's one-time, big-time operations work)
Nonetheless, the witness accounts still clash with the cops' claims in their report.
According to the police account, Delos Santos was not targeted by the operation, but just so happened to fire at them when they chased a group of men they found suspicious during the operation. – Rappler.com
In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important.
Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action.
Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community.
As a bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers.
You can also support Rappler without a PLUS membership. Help us stay free and independent by making a donation: https://www.rappler.com/crowdfunding. Every contribution counts.