DOJ orders filing of murder charges vs 3 Caloocan cops, police asset in Kian slay

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At the site of the encounter, 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos was found in fetal position with a gunshot wound to his head.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) — The Department of Justice has ordered the filing of murder charges against three Caloocan policemen over the killing of 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos.

The DOJ resolution was sent to the media on Monday.

DOJ has found probable cause to file charges of murder and planting of illegal drugs and firearm against PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and Caloocan police asset Renato "Nono" Loveras.

Meanwhile, DOJ ordered the dismissal of the complaints against Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo and other Caloocan cops.

Kian was found dead lying in a fetal position with gunshots to his head after a so-called "one-time, big-time" anti-illegal drugs operation by the Caloocan City police on August 16, 2017.

Police said the minor drew a firearm, which prompted them to fire back.

However, accounts from witnesses and a closed-circuit television (CCTV) showed two men in civilian clothes dragging Kian across a basketball court.

Two small sachets of suspected shabu, one .45 caliber gun, and four fired cartridge cases were recovered at the scene of the encounter.

The Caloocan policemen alleged Kian was a drug runner, according to the testimony of Nono. This has been vehemently denied by Kian's family.

Although President Rodrigo Duterte promised Kian's parents that there will be a swift resolution to the case, the President said the whole truth surrounding the student's death has yet to unravel.