Pasay teener shot dead; cops deny Kian’s murder
A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed outside his Pasay City home Sunday, GMA 7 News reported Monday.
Victim Jayross Brondial was sitting outside his home at about 2 p.m. when a motorcycle-riding gunman drove up and opened fire.
“Just as I went out the door, I heard gunshots and I ran,” Jayross’ mother, Rosanna, said in Filipino. “But I didn’t know my son was shot, because I saw the gun was aimed at our next-door neighbor.”
She went out the door and found her son sprawled on the ground. He died before they reached the hospital.
Police found six .45 caliber slugs and three casings from the crime scene.
Also on Monday, the four policemen accused of murdering 17-year-old Grade 11 student Kian delos Santos during an anti-drug operation in Caloocan City on Aug. 16 denied the charges against htem.
In the preliminary investigation hearing, Chief Insp. Amor Cerillo, Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, and Police Officers 1 Jeremiah Pereda and Jerwin Cruz of Caloocan City Police Community Precinct 7 sought the dismissal of the murder and torture charges filed by Kian’s parents for lack of probable cause.
The policemen maintained that they shot Kian after he supposedly shot at them with his firearm—even though an autopsy showed the boy had not fired a weapon before he died.
“His death is an isolated case because out of the four minors who got involved in Oplan Galugad on August 16, 2017, it (was) only Kian Delos Santos who ran away and worse engaged our police officers in a shootout,” their joint counter-affidavit stated.
They cited the failure of the complainants to establish conspiracy among them in the killing of Kian to make them liable for murder.
“There is no evidence of conspiracy. Nobody among the number of witnesses presented by the complainants testified that a conspiracy among the respondents transpired,” they said.
“All of the witnesses of the complainants have executed their sworn statements and not a single one of them ever mentioned that the respondents conspired when they speak of the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos,” they said.
In the previous hearing, lawyers of Kian’s parents led by Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta presented witnesses before the investigating panel of prosecutors.
The witnesses, who all appeared with faces covered with scarfs, affirmed their respective affidavits in support of the allegations against the four police respondents. Their names were withheld for security.
Among them was an eyewitness who saw Kian already under custody of the respondents before he was shot dead.
The minor witness who has been with the custody of the Caloocan diocese also appeared in the hearing.
The PAO also submitted to the DOJ panel the CCTV footage in the area operated by the barangay and results of the forensic exam conducted by the PAO indicating that Kian was lying face down when shot three times--twice in his head and once at the back.
Acosta asked the prosecutors to summon records of the PNP to identify the other policemen who joined the Oplan One-Time Big-Time anti-illegal drug operation last August and who would also be named respondents in the complaint.
The panel has set next hearings on Oct. 2 and Oct. 10 for filing of reply and rejoinder, respectively. Francisco Tuyay and Rey E. Requejo