Police admit Kian’s drug links confirmed via social media

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Relieved Caloocan City Police Chief Chito Bersaluna said their basis for Kian's alleged link to drugs are some social media reports.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24) —  Police admitted the alleged drug links to 17-year-old Kian delos Santos were confirmed through social media reports.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao asked police at the Senate probe on Delos Santos’ case Thursday where they got the teenager’s background before he was killed in an anti-drug operation last August 16.

Relieved Caloocan City Police Chief Chito Bersaluna answered, “Based d’un sa mga lumalabas sa mga social media, meron ding nagsasabi. ‘Yun lang po ang basis namin Sir.”

[Translation: Based on what appears on social media, some allege to it. That’s our only basis, Sir.]

Pacquiao then criticized the basis of the police for determining Kian’s background.


Masyadong napakababaw na dahilan na sabihin mo, na based on social media,” Pacquiao said.

[Translation: It’s such a shallow line of reasoning to argue it based on social media.]

But Bersaluna said there were other bases for linking Kian to the drug trade.

“The operating units of PCP 7 (police community precinct 7 were) able to recover a cellphone, na nandoon po ‘yung transaction doon sa cellphone Sir, na nagpapadala ng shabu doon sa mga umorder Sir,” he said.

[Translation: The operating units of PCP-7 were able to recover a cellphone that indicated a transaction, delivering shabu to those who order.]

Relieved Northern Police District Chief Roberto Fajardo added they confirmed the report after the drug raid in Caloocan last August 16, where Kian was among the 25 killed.

Fajardo and Bersaluna were among six relieved policemen. Others were Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, and PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and Precinct Commander Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo.

The Senate is investigating Kian’s death amid the spate of killings in Bulacan and Metro Manila in the intensified war on drugs.

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