News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella

The President has clearly stated that the war against drugs is not a license to break the law. He has already directed a fair and impartial investigation on the death of Kian de los Santos as he assures the public that he would not tolerate any illegal act or wrongdoing committed by erring policemen. Those found responsible would be held accountable before the law.

This incident, however, would not deter the Administration from the task of reducing criminality and illegal drugs. The campaign against illegal drugs would continue. As the President has declared time and again, it will be pursued relentlessly.

We hope this serves as a reminder to the PNP personnel to follow the established PNP policies and operational procedures; that their personnel are properly guided in the conduct of police operations, particularly in the adherence to the rule of law and due process.

Kian’s case is a wake-up call for the need to reform government institutions; even law enforcement agencies – a challenge that the President voiced from the beginning of his campaign for the presidency.