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Duterte tells Kian delos Santos' parents they will have justice
The President promises Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos that there will be no interference in the case against the Caloocan police accused of murdering their son

Pia Ranada
Published 5:15 PM, August 28, 2017
Updated 5:20 PM, August 28, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte personally promised the parents of 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos that they will have justice for the death of their son.

"Yes. It was made very clear to them," Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II told Rappler in a text message on Monday, August 28. He was asked to clarify if justice was among Duterte's promises to Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos.

Aguirre was among the government officials present at the meeting, which took place over lunch and lasted two hours. The justice chief previously downplayed Delos Santos' death, saying it was "blown out of proportion" by the media.

Malacañang, in a photo caption, said Duterte vowed to the couple that "there will be no interference in the case," adding that "only due process will prevail."

The Delos Santoses earlier filed criminal complaints against Caloocan police involved in the August 16 anti-drug operation that left their son dead.

Duterte supposedly assured the couple that their complaint will be handled in a "fair" manner. Opposition senators have called for the case to be transferred to the Office of the Ombudsman, however, questioning the independence of the Department of Justice. (READ: Aguirre: What's the difference between kids killed by addicts, cops?)

Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta also said one of Duterte's assurances to the parents of Kian was that "justice will prevail." (READ: PNP contradicts PAO: Only 2, not 3, gunshot wounds on Kian)

Aguirre, in a DZMM radio interview, said the Delos Santos couple also asked for protection or security since they felt their lives are under threat.

Duterte, meanwhile, explained to them why he did not attend their son's wake. According to Aguirre, it was the same explanation he gave to media a week before – that he, as president, is commander of the police force and it would be inappropriate for him to attend the wake while the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is conducting a probe into Kian's death.

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