The Murder of Kian Delos Santos and the EJK in the Philippines
The turning point
War on Drugs and the Extra-judicial killings : Enough is enough!!!
The world is sympathizing with what is happening in my country, Philippines, as President Rodrigo Duterte took his reign as our leader since 2016 as our new leader.
He eventually launched one of his major campaigns, his " War on Drugs" and the result is the continuous violation or the so-called extra judicial killings (EJK) where he boasted as part of his effort to eradicate drug addicts in the country.
Many Filipinos were silent during the first year of his reign and allowed the president to free campaign about it.
But, all things changed, when a teenager named Kian 'Pulong' Delos Santos was killed during a murderous incident in the night of Oplan Tokhang operation in Caloocal City in Metro Manila.
Let me, first, share to you this very chilling and gruesome details of the news.
Philippine police are under pressure to explain the killing of a 17-year-old high school student, who has become the latest victim of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs.
Kian Loyd Delos Santos died on Thursday night in the capital Manila amid allegations that he was framed by three police officers, who witnesses said forced the teenager to hold a gun, fire and run.
CCTV footage from the Manila suburb of Caloocan showed Delos Santos being carried by two men to a place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first.
According to the police report, Delos Santos ran when he saw the officers approaching him. He then pulled out a gun and opened fire at the policemen, who shot back.
Witnesses told local media that the teenager was unarmed.
Kian Lloyd delos Santos is an 11th grader. Police handed him a gun to shoot, then shot him for it while he cried. He wanted to be a cop.
What the President has to say:
President Duterte hailed the recent killing of 32 drug suspects in a 24-hour police crackdown, the highest death toll in a single day in his administration's anti-drug war.
"That's beautiful. If we can only kill 32 every day, then maybe we can reduce what ails this country," Duterte said on Wednesday.
According to police statistics, more than 3,000 suspects have been killed in anti-drug operations since Duterte became president on June 30, 2016.
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I've been silent about the rendezvous of Duterte's administration since he took over as the leader of my country.
His bold moves and constant cuss-words that he will kill all the violators in the country made most of the people became the "silent" majority.
I don't even want to write about the political situation in the Philippines, since his administration started.
But, my long hiatus was jolted by this very 'bloody move' as more innocent people are killed in the reign of war on drugs.
There are many 'WHAT IFs' hovering in the minds of ordinary Filipinos.
1. What if my son or daughter is killed during the police operation while still outside our home?
2.What if my father is killed infront of me?
3. What if my mother is being accused of peddling illegal drugs?
What if...what if...what if?
I'm back as a member of the local media, but dabbled my time into production but not in the news department.
I was saddened by the way Duterte and his cabinet handle the nation's main issues.
The killings of suspected drug dealers and users were just the icing in the cake of the drug world.
We've witnessed how some politicians were involved in drug business and killed.
Drug cartels and it's laboratories were distrubed and discovered, but still, amid the massive campaign of the government, there are huge amount of drugs (shabu) being shipped to the Philippine shore coming from the favored country of the President, which is China.
So, to conclude, killings of the less fortunate addicts will not solve the drug menace, as long as its producers and financiers are still on the loose.
Police authorities can claim human lives and escalate it to millions, but as long as there is connivance between the operatives and the perpetrators, there will be always the grim scenario in the Philippine society.
People of different sectors are starting to be vocal about the consequences this "One-Time, Big Time" campaign to eradicate drugs and street crimes.
1. Veteran actor and "Ang Probinsyano" star Jaime Fabregas was among those who went to the People Power Monument on Monday in protest over the killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos whom police accused of peddling illegal drugs in Caloocan City.
Fabregas hopes that Delos Santos' death will bring awareness and make people start voicing their opinion against drug-related killings.
"The drug problem is, I think, for one, it's there because of poverty. I don't know if you read the papers today about the confessions of a drug addict, sinasabi, especially talking about shabu, kasi wala na akong makain, wala na kaming makain( because I don't have anything to eat) . If you hit at poverty, it might be a longer term thing, but so is killings. It's not solving anything," he said.
He said drug addiction is a disease and should not be penalized as a criminal act.
2. The Ateneo de Manila University Faculty has issued a public statement regarding Kian's murder.
As Filipino educators with a Christian perspective, we promote the inalienable values of deliberation and fairness, of care and justice. We therefore demand an end to the carnage that has created a climate of fear, lawlessness, and abuse. We call on people of conscience to join us in demanding the restoration of the rule of law and the cessation of the arbitrary use of brute force against the most vulnerable sectors of our community: the poor, the ill, and the innocent.
There is no place for terror in a just society. Stop the killings now!
3. Maris Diokno, who belongs to the Diokno clan (the famous was former senator Jose Diokno) published her strong sentiment regarding the killings.
Enough of the slaughter of mostly poor Filipinos. Enough of the perversions of law in the name of the war on drugs. Killings, rather than the arrests and prosecutions mandated in our laws, have become the standard operating procedure of law enforcement. The murder of Kian de los Santos, and the deaths of thousands before him, show how little the government values the lives of Filipinos, and how much contempt it has for the law.
4.The Department of Education has issued a statement denouncing the murder of Kian delos Santos and “all forms of violence against our students, teachers, and personnel.”
“The Department of Education strongly condemns the shooting of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, a Grade 11 student of Our Lady of Lourdes Senior High School in Valenzuela, by elements of the Caloocan police,” it said in a statement.
The vengeance of a mother
Amid the so-called 'witnesses' being presented by the police to attest that Kian delos Santos was indeed a notorious drug pusher or runner, his mother believed otherwise.
In her confession to the mediamen:
No mother should ever have to bury her child, but this is now the tragic task ahead for Lorenza delos Santos after her 17-year-old son, Kian Loyd, became the latest victim of the government’s war on drugs.
A domestic helper in Saudi Arabia, she rushed home when she learned that Kian, a Grade 11 student at Our Lady of Lourdes College in Valenzuela City, was gunned down by the police on Tuesday night during a “One Time, Big Time” operation in Barangay 160.
“We were just chatting on Facebook the night before his death. His classmates had bikes. He said, ‘Mama, I want a bike too.’ But I told him to wait 10 days. He got excited,” she said. She has not seen her son for three years.
She could only weep when her daughter broke the news to her on Facebook.
“I know in my heart that he has done nothing but dream for the future even though we are poor,” she said.
She vowed justice for her son no matter what it took.
“If they think my son was just selling drugs, they ought to look at our house. We barely have possessions. Is this the life of a drug pusher?” she said.
The Call for Justice
The Filipino youth started to march the streets amid rains as they voiced out agains the rampant killings of the likes of Kian delos Santos.
The massive protest started on Monday, August 21 (also the death anniversary of the modern Filipino hero, Benigno 'Ninoy'Aquino Jr., the husband of the late President Corazon Aquino, and father to former President Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy'Aquino III).
The succeeding schedules will be staged by different sector as the death of Kian encouraged the majority of Filipino to go on the streets to show their support regarding the impunity being suffered by the innocent people.
This hubber is indebted to the following:
- All media outlets/schools/private individuals, where most of the news were derived, and the television networks whose reporters presented the news as it happened.
© 2017 Ireno Alcala