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Sen. Bam demands Senate probe on death of teenager

Calling it shocking and worrisome, Sen. Bam Aquino plans to file a resolution to look into the death of a 17-year-old during an anti-illegal drug operation in Caloocan City.

"I plan to file a resolution kasi nakababahala talaga iyong news reports. Hindi lang iyan, may lumalabas pa na may paglilinlang sa pagpaslang," said Sen. Bam, referring to a 17-year-old Grade 11 student, identified as Kian Loyd Delos Santos.

Police claimed that Delos Santos shot them several times, prompting them to retaliate, killing him. However, CCTV footage from the barangay showed two policemen dragging the victim to the place where he was found dead.

"Makikita naman natin na hindi siya bumunot ng baril dahil dala-dala siya sa sulok kaya kailangan itong maimbestigahan at maparusahan ang mga nasa likod nito," added Sen. Bam.

While he supports the government's campaign against illegal drugs, Sen. Bam insisted that the government should rethink its strategy, saying the poor and helpless are casualties in this war while those involved in big drug cases are accorded due process.

In recent drug operations, 74 persons were killed in Manila, Bulacan and in the Camanava (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela) area.

Source: Senate of the Philippines

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