Remember Kian: Kin, friends pay tribute to slain teen on death anniversary

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2018 06:32 PM

The family, neighbors, and upporters of Kian Delos Santos pay tribute at the site where he was slain at Barangay 160, Baesa Libis, Caloocan City on the eve of his death anniversary, August 15, 2018. Delos Santos was killed a year ago after being apprehended by police during its anti-drug campaign. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

MANILA- The family and friends of Kian Loyd Delos Santos paid tribute to the slain teen on Wednesday, a day before his death anniversary.

With posters that bear the teen's face and the words "Remember Kian," the Delos Santos family lighted candles on his tomb to remember the boy who died at 17.

Several of Delos Santos' friends and neighbors also paid tribute to the slain teen. Aside from candles, flowers also adorned his tomb site.

The family, neighbors, and supporters of Kian Delos Santos pay tribute at the site where he was slain at Barangay 160, Baesa Libis, Caloocan City on the eve of his death anniversary, August 15, 2018. Delos Santos was killed a year ago after being apprehended by police during its anti-drug campaign. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Delos Santos was killed in a controversial anti-drug operation last Aug. 16, 2017--an incident that sparked public outrage and raised questions on the conduct of police operations at the time.

Policemen alleged that the teen was a drug runner for his father and uncle, an accusation that his family has strongly denied.

The incident has drawn public condemnation as evidence, including security footage and witness statements, suggest that the teen was executed. 

The family, neighbors, and supporters of Kian Delos Santos pay tribute at the site where he was slain at Barangay 160, Baesa Libis, Caloocan City on the eve of his death anniversary, August 15, 2018. Delos Santos was killed a year ago after being apprehended by police during its anti-drug campaign. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday said policemen involved in the killing of Delos Santos have been dismissed and put behind bars.

He also reiterated the police force's commitment to human rights.

"Palagi naman natin binibigyan ng caution or reminders yung mga commanders on the ground na sumunod sa ating POP (police operational procedure) at respetuhin yung karapatang pantao ng bawat Pilipino," he said.

(We always remind our commanders on the ground to follow our POP and respect the human rights of each Filipino.) -with a report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News