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Palace on Kian slay case: Let law take due course

The law must take its course now that the criminal charges have been filed against the policemen involved in the killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, Malacañang said yesterday.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella made the remarks after the funeral of Delos Santos was turned into a protest against government’s bloody crackdown against illegal drugs.

“Kian de los Santos has been laid to rest. A criminal complaint against the Caloocan policemen involved in the incident has already been filed,” Abella said.

“Investigation is now in the process. Let us allow the law to take its due course,” he added.

The 17-year-old student was one of the dozens of persons killed during the massive anti-drug operations recently conducted by the police.

His death sparked protests over the policemen’s alleged execution of drug suspects, a charge with the authorities have denied.

Murder and torture charges have already been filed against the three cops behind the August 16 shooting of Delos Santos in Caloocan City.

The police claimed the student was a drug courier who fired at the cops during the raid. The family however insisted that he was brutally killed by the cops while pleading for his life.

Despite the incident, Malacañang said the campaign to reduce illegal drugs and criminality would continue. (Genalyn Kabiling)