Family of 16-year-old shot in Laguna drug ops grieves

The family of the 16-year-old man killed in an anti-drugs operation in Biñan City, Laguna, is calling for justice.

Jhondie Helos, 16, died in an anti-drug operation in Barangay Canlalay on Wednesday, June 16.

“Ang hindi lang namin matanggap ’yung pagpatay sa kanya na brutal. Kung may mali ang ko o wala, dapat hindi nila pinatay, dapat hinuli na lang nila, ikulong para magbagong buhay ’yung anak ko,” said Cristina Maglinte, mother of the victim.

According to the spot report, Antonio Dalit and Helos were supposed to be arrested, ending up in a shootout.

But Dalit’s sister Lydia is skeptical about this.

“Kung lumaban po ang kapatid ko may isang pulis na mamamatay kasi hindi po siya kita sa loob ng kubo nya,” he she said.

Dalit was allegedly arrested twice for drugs.

The arrest warrant served recently is said to be another drug case.

Family of 16-year-old shot in Laguna drug ops grieves

The Kabataan Party-list condemned the operation, especially since it affected minors.

Sen. investigates the Senate’s incident, while the Commission on Human Rights also has its own investigation.

Gen. Guillermo Eleazar also ordered an in-depth investigation.

“Aking iniutos lahat ng mga pulis na kasali sa operasyon ay under restrictive custody na at isinailalim sa paraffin test. At mga baril naman na ginamit sa operasyon ay kasalukuyang isinasailalim sa ballistic examination at natapos na rin ang autopsy ng mga labi ng dalawang nasawi,” said Eleazar.

Eleazar is also calling on the community for help in the investigation.

The 10 policemen involved in the drug operation were removed from their posts as the investigation unfolded.

In June 2020, World Organization against Torture (OMCT) and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center said at least 129 children were killed in the Philippines’ four-year war on drugs.

The report entitled “How could they do this to my child?” said most of the victims were and were tagged as “collateral damage.”

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