PNP internal probe finds that cops conspired to murder Kian

Rambo Talabong
PNP internal probe finds that cops conspired to murder Kian
The PNP Internal Affairs Service says PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda planned the killing of Kian delos Santos

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS) ruled that cops in the killing of Kian delos Santos conspired to murder him.

“Their acts collectively and individually demonstrate the existence of a common design towards the accomplishment of the same unlawful purpose, conspiracy is evident,” said the September 4 pre-charge investigation report of the internal and administrative probing team. (READ: PNP internal probe finds 3 irregularities in raid that killed Kian)

“The acts of PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda in employing excessive force that resulted [in] the death of the victim Kian delos Santos constitute [a] violation of Article 248 (Murder),” they added.

The report also found that the 3 unlawfully and unjustifiably used firearms despite “no apparent, direct and clear threats to their lives.” (READ: How Kian delos Santos was killed, according to police)

Thus, they recommended that the 3 be subjected to summary administrative hearing proceedings, which at worst, can have them relieved permanently from the PNP. With them are 13 other cops from Caloocan Police Community Precinct 7 (PCP-7) including their station commander Police Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo.

The 3 were part of the drug raiding team which killed 17-year-old Delos Santos. They claimed the teenager fired the first shots, but further investigation pointed to the cops killing the defenseless teen. (READ: PNP, PAO agree: Kian kneeling when killed)

The first summary hearing was supposed to begin on September 21 but the President declared it a National Day of Protest, cancelling work in all government offices and classes in public schools. The next hearing was scheduled on Tuesday, September 26.

Complementing the administrative probe is the criminal probe undertaken by no less than the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.