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Senator Risa Hontiveros on Saturday said that she will submit a bill making August 26 as Kian Lloyd Delos Santos Day. Hontiveros comment draw applause from hundreds of mourners during Delos Santos funeral.
The 17-year-old student, Kian Delos Santos, was finally laid to rest on Saturday more than a week after he was killed in the hands of Caloocan City policemen conducting an anti-illegal drug operation.
Hundreds of Delos Santos’ family members, friends, and supporters marched for almost three hours from the boy’s neighborhood in Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan City to the La Loma Catholic Cemetery in Manila, braving the sudden changing of weather, which shown some sun in the morning and a little drizzle in early afternoon.
Priests, family members, and friends carrying Delos Santos’ coffin inched through the labyrinth of tombs inside the La Loma cemetery as mourners chanted for justice for the boy’s death and end to drug-related killings.
In her speech, Hontiveros said Kian Lloyd Delos Santos is a true hero that should be remembered every August 26, the day of his funeral.
Hontiveros also said she will start a fund raising project for Kian’s statue, that will be erected in front of Caloocan City police headquarters.
“Not only that we should remember Kian’s death, we should also honor him with a statue that will serve as a symbol of police brutality,” the senator said.
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