By Ben Rosario
Blood will be in the hands of President Duterte should he pardon the three policemen convicted for the cold-blood murder of a 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, who was arrested during an anti-drug operations in Caloocan City last year.
Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin issued this warning as he called on Duterte to withdraw from his vow to defend law enforcers carrying out his anti-drug campaign if they find themselves in trouble with the law.
“He may pardon them but blood is on his hands. It will never erase the guilty verdict on the minds of our people,” said Villarin.
But Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo has already assured that President Duterte will not pardon the three convicted policemen – Police Officer 3ArnelOares, PO1 JeremiasPereda, and PO1 Jerwin Cruz.
Villarin, together with fellow oppositionist Reps Gary Alejano (MagdaloPartylist) and Ariel Casilao (Anakpawis Partylist), lauded the court decision finding three Caloocan City policemen guilty of murdering Delos Santos.
“Our PNP should fully accept this verdict and start re-orienting the institution to abide with the rule of law and human rights. Only then can justice and accountability be made into a reality,”Villarin said.
Alejano said the conviction of the anti-narcotics cops “is historic,” pointing out that this is the first time policemen were convicted as a result of Duterte’s “bloody, inhumane, and anti-poor policy on drugs.”
For his part, Casilao described the decision as “very welcome.”