By Mortz C. Ortigoza
Policemen were already summarily executing habitual delinquents and other notorious criminals even during the time of President Benigno Aquino III. One of the police officials told me that when he was a major his superior a Superintendent (Lieutenant Colonel in the military) asked some of his men – where the major was not part – to target a narcotics peddler.
| A Catholic student, Kian delos Santos, 17, one of the youngest |
victims of President Duterte's war-on-drugs. Text and Photo by
“They found him going to the basketball court when they pumped bullets that killed him,” my source said.
But he was not impressed with the operation; the situation of the corpse was the same as that murdered sensational teenager Kian delos Santos.
The police “planted” a hand gun beside the cadaver that was clad with a basketball shorts.
Basketball shorts, for everybody’s knowledge, is made of polyester with garter that holds it to the waist line.
"How can, salamabit, the short carry a tucked .38 revolver that weight from 1.59 kilogram to 2.26 kg with bullets without the handgun falling to the ground for everybody to see?” he told me with with incredulity.
HesusMariaHusep, after I saw the police in Caloocan City declared to the media of Kian wearing a shorts (some called it as boxer shorts)
I shook my head with disbelief.
“How can a .45 caliber weapon carried by a garter tightened shorts without the 2 kilogram handgun not falling?” I posed to myself.
Kian was murdered when he was knelling apt for that term “Death Knell” or he was just herded in a corner and treacherously killed when he was looking to the ground.
Experts said the bullet trajectories were pumped by the .45 hand gun, created for its lethality because of the Moro Insurrection in the U.S –Filipino War, of a cop who was standing behind him while the third bullet that pierced his left ear was the coup’ d’grace (means a final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person for the understanding of those who are trike drivers, plumbers, others who read this column).
I didn’t have issue with recidivists and notorious criminals like drug pushers being waylaid to death by cops in some dark alleys as they were effective deterrence to criminality, but for Christsakes, they should practice prudence in snapping on their prey.
Kian, as many Filipinos believed, was innocent.
Police laboratory experts found him to be negative with bullet powder burn in his hand.
These outraged did not only ensue in the streets but even in the two Houses of Congress that even the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte – the purveyor of death to dope pushers - were scandalized.
“Tama na po, may test pa ako bukas” begged by the 17 years old Kian, as recounted by a witness who saw the three cops who mauled him, would reverberate to the consciousness of the generations to come - just like South Vietnam's National Police Chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan gained international attention when he right temple shot in 1968 handcuffed prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém, a Việt Cộng member who killed the wife and six children of a South Vietnamese military officer as front cover of Time Magazine.
I was outraged when Kian was murdered thus the lyrics of this song I scribbled after his death.
(The four stanzas of this song were “robbed” from the melancholic melody of “You Never Give Me Your Money” composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, while the chorus was a “snatched” from Folk-Rock Singer-Composer Neil Young and his band Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young or CSNY’s “Ohio”.
Ohio, according to Wikipidia, was a protest song and counterculture anthem written and composed by Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of students of May 4, 1970, and performed by CSN&Y.
The shootings were committed by members of the Ohio National Guards.
29 guardsmen fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
Please bear with my composition he he he:
Bakit si Kian Pa?
(Di naman siya Parojinog Espinosa)
Pag umuwi daw siya ng bahay
Ibang daan ang tinatahak niya
Dahil sabi ng nanay niya may mga adik
Dahil sa naglilipana na mga pushers
Gusto daw ni Kian maging law enforcers
Para pagbibit-bitin itong mga pushers
Bakit si Kian pa ang pinaslang nila?
Hindi naman siya Parojinog Espinosa
Paano kung si Kian anak kapatid ninyo?
Ano ang gagawin ninyo?
Pero ano ang nangyari?
Si Kian ay binitbit ng mga enforcers
Rason siya daw ay isa sa mga pushers
Bakit nagkaganito General Bato?
Pati inosente ay kinakatay ng tao niyo
Di ba dapat ang inaaresto iyong mga nagbebenta ng shabu
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