KABATAAN Representative Sarah Elago posted on Facebook a glimpse of the family life of the 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos, who was killed by cops during a police operation in Manila. She narrated how his mom, Nanay Lorenza, chose to go abroad as a domestic helper in Saudi to send Kian to school.
“Sabi ni Nanay Lorenza, nakita niya ang dedikasyon ni Kian sa pag-aaral kaya umalis siya muli para magtrabaho bilang domestic helper sa Saudi. Kumikita siya ng P18,000/month, P1500 kada buwan ang para sa baon ni Kian. Kasalukuyan siyang Grade 12. Wala pa raw bagong ID kaya Grade 11 ito. Kung may libre lang daw hanggang kolehiyo ay di na umalis si Nanay para mag-abroad. “Wala namang magandang kolehiyo na hindi nagpapabayad. Useless, nonsense ang pag-alis ko ngayong uuwi ako malamig na bangkay na ang anak ko,”” Elago wrote on Facebook on August 18.
Elago added that Lorenza left for Saudi in 2014 but chose not to go home every year in exchange for getting P3,000 for her plane tickets that could have taken her home. She added that Kian’s mom was trying to save money for a rice distribution business so she won’t have to leave home again.
“Umalis siya noong 2014 at ngayon lang nakabalik. Kinuwento niya kung paanong mula Saudi ay kinukwentuhan niya ang lahat ng gustong makinig, kung gaano kabait ang anak niya at kung gaano niya ito kamahal. Tinitiis niya raw na di umuwi kada taon kasi pwede na ipalit ng cash ang ticket pauwi. Tinitiis niya sa halagang 3k na di umuwi sa hirap ng buhay. Dagdag daw kasi para sa pangarap niyang negosyong bigasan para di na siya kailangang umalis,” Elago added.
But when she did come home, it was to see her son’s lifeless body in a coffin.
Elago urged people not to let something like Kian’s death happen to their children, siblings, parents, friends, and countrymen. She added that the people should hold the police and the government accountable and ask for justice to be served.
“Wag nating hayaang mangyari pa ito sa iba pang mga anak, kapatid, magulang, kaibigan, kababayan!!!” she wrote.
“Dapat managot hindi lang ang mga pulis, kundi lalo na ang estado na nagpapahintulot at nagtulak ng mga pamamaslang at karahasan sa tabing ng kontra-droga. Mariin natin kinukundena ang atake sa buhay at kinabukasan ng kabataan at mamamayan! Hustisya! Labanan ang karahasan at pasismo ng estado! Ipagtanggol ang ating mga karapatan!” she added.
Posting a photo of Kian’s ID, Elago said that Kian’s father, Tatay Saldy, swore to keep wearing as he fights for justice for his son.
“Suot suot ni Tatay Saldy ang ID na ito bilang simbolo ng kanyang paglaban hanggang makamit ang hustisya. Laban!!!” she narrated.
In the comments section of her post, Elago recalled how she can still hear Kian’s mom lamenting over her son’s death.
“I can still hear Nanay Lorenza crying out loud: “Pag mayaman, lalakad ang hustiya. Pag mahirap, ‘asan ang hustisya?”” Elago wrote.
Another viral Facebook post was written by Cynthia Allanigue.
In her post, she compared the fates of Kian and presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Polong” Duterte, whose name was dragged into the smuggling controversy, had his father, President Rodrigo Duterte himself, demanding an affidavit and due process.
Allanigue slammed the Duterte administration’s “lopsided sense of justice.”
“And you call this a war on drugs? You send your police on a murderous fit to extract blood from the poor while you direct your puppets in congress to shield your son linked to the spread of drugs?” she wrote.
“We are no longer surprised, actually. But we continue to be shocked at this administration’s lopsided sense of justice,” she further said.
As of writing, Allanigue’s post has been shared over 9,700 times and reacted to 20,000 times.
At the Mindanao Hour briefing at the Malacañang on August 18, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella described Kian’s case as “isolated.”
“That incident… I think is isolated,” Abella said.
He also assured the people that the President would not let abusive cops get away.
“I cannot assume what the President thinks but what we can say with confidence that those who are guilty of breaking the law, misuse or abuse will have to answer for that,” he said.
“He will defend the police in their carrying out of duties. However, he will also not tolerate any abuse and breaches of the law,” he added.