By JONAS ALPASAN
MANILA – The infamous drug-related killing of a Grade 11 student in Caloocan City has broken the internet with grief and uproar.
17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos was killed a few days ago, adding to the increasing bloody statistics of President Duterte’s war on drugs. Kian, the police said, fired at the cops, which compelled them to return fire.
Witnesses, however, belied the claims of the cops, saying that the victim was handed a gun, told to fire it and run before Kian was peppered with bullets. A 13-year-old witness even saw Kian pleading to the police while being punched and slapped to stop because he still has an examination the following day. A CCTV footage also revealed a young man being dragged away by cops in plainclothes to the same spot where Kian was found dead.
In their posts, Filipino netizens have expressed their doubts over the same-old “nanlaban” narrative of the police who claimed that the slain Grade 11 student resisted arrest and fired at the cops. They are demanding that justice be served for Kian.
— Ogie Rosa (@ogie_rosa) August 18, 2017
You're gone but not forgotten. Blood in their hands. ? #JusticeForKian
— Better PH ?? (@LivesMatterPH) August 18, 2017
Due process for the rich
Bullet for the poor.
What a sad reality#JusticeForKian
— PJ Palits™ (@PJ_Palits) August 19, 2017
Ppl are getting frantic about bird flu when there are other ANIMALS scarier out there. For example, the PHL policemen. #JusticeForKian
— apol? (@pauperrr) August 19, 2017
Musician and True Faith frontman Medwin Marfil also shared the same sentiment.
Innocents die while drug lords are free, protected & make money off the poor's misery. Where's the sense in this drug war? #JusticeForKian!!
— MEDS (@MedwinTruefaith) August 17, 2017
Filipino netizens also decried how Kian’s dream was cut off by the very same people he dreamed of becoming one someday. Kian, they said, could be anyone you know – “your brother, your son, your nephew, your cousin, your grandson, your friend,” one netizen said.
— don r.b. (@donthebasher) August 18, 2017
Kian should be crying for his grades not for his life#JusticeForKian
— dana (@obvslydeyna) August 19, 2017
— Cross Eyed Raven (@ribinstarr) August 18, 2017
I have a lot of dreams for my daughter. But honestly now, I only wish she'd be alive and well by the time she is 17. #JusticeForKian
— Cha (@chacherryred) August 19, 2017
Ma, Pa, if matulad man po ako kay Kian, I just want you to know na I'm innocent and wasn't involve in a drug-related crime. #JusticeForKian
— Warren Ryan?? (@RynWrrn) August 19, 2017
Meanwhile, some Filipino netizens recalled what they were doing at the age of 17.
At 17, I'm thinking how I can survive engg
Kian at 17 can no longer aspire, dream, hope & plan things he wants for his life#JusticeForKian
— August; (@ryeegonzales) August 18, 2017
At 17, I cried for failing a quiz.
At 17, Kian Delos Santos cried for his life.#JusticeForKian
— Ken O. Montejo (@kenmontejo) August 19, 2017
In a Facebook post, lawyer Maria Sol Taule said she had an opportunity to meet the grieving parents of Kian.
“Do you think my son is a drug addict? He is just starting to grow his mustache. He would bring rice to school and would ask his classmates for viand. When he goes home at night, he would bring me some siomai. He was a very sweet kid,” Kian’s father Saldy was quoted as saying in Saule’s post.
Let Kian's story break your heart.
Be human. #JusticeForKian
— Tess GV (@mgvtrb) August 18, 2017