The quiet neighborhood of Barangay 160 in Caloocan City was left shaken after a 17-year-old ended up being killed on Wednesday night, in what seems to be another case of extrajudicial execution.
Kian Loyd Delos Santos, a Grade 11 student, was the latest casualty of the bloody war on drugs. According to the police spot report, the minor began shooting upon seeing the authorities during an 'Oplan Galugad' operation.
This led to the them returning fire, which resulted in Kian's death. A .45-caliber pistol, four bullet casings, and two packs of shabu were also reportedly found near the boy's body.
But that account and the CCTV footage don't add up—the teenager was shown being restrained by two men in civilian clothes:
Witnesses, speaking to ABS-CBN News, claim that Kian was blindfolded and beat up before it was made to look like he resisted: he was given a firearm, ordered to pull the trigger, then put down in cold blood.
This development comes on the heels of the deadliest week in the government's intensifying drug war—32 and 25 suspects were neutralized in Bulacan and Manila, respectively, with the latter happening overnight. It doesn't help that President Rodrigo Duterte is vouching for these senseless acts of violence.
Despite the immediate dismissal of the three policemen involved in Kian's slay, people are convinced that this particular incident crossed the line.
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