President Rodrigo Duterte this Monday, August 28 had a meeting with the parents of 17-year old Grade 11 student Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was killed during the Oplan Galugad operation in Barangay 160, Caloocan City last August 16. The president met Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Palace.
So far, no details has been released as what President Duterte and Kian’s parents have talked about. Nevertheless, the Delos Santos family reportedly requested the said meeting, which took place two days after the teenage was buried. His death caused public anger, and protests against the Duterte administration’s intensified war against illegal drugs.
In an earlier interview, President Duterte said he already have watched the CCTV video showing two policemen dragging a man to the dark alley, where Kian’s lifeless body was found. According to him, he will not interfere with the ongoing investigation by the NBI and CHR, and that the cops involved should be jailed if they will be proven guilty.
Nevertheless, the president said he decided not to visit Kian’s wake just like what Vice President Leni Robredro and two Liberal Party (LP) ally senators Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes IV did. According to him, his visit might validate claims that the police really killed Kian, and there might be speculations that he will just apologize to the family.
Meanwhile, Sen. Trillanes criticized President Duterte for personally talking with Kian’s parents. According to the soldier turned politician, the president’s act is very suspicious considering the fact that it was held at Malacañang. He added that the president is also guilty to Kian’s killing because of his repeated strong statements against drug suspects.
“Ayan na, lumalabas na rin na guilty ang mamang ito. Ni hindi na nga pumunta sa burol para makiramay man lang, tapos ngayon kinausap nya ng private. Dalawa lang yan e. Pinakiusapan nya ang mga ito na huwag nang ituloy ang kaso at bibigyan na lang sila ng pera, o kaya naman tinakot nya.” Trillanes, who is a staunch Duterte critic, told reporters.