Bay Area Pinoys demand justice for Kian

SAN FRANCISCO — Activists made a plea to kababayans waiting for consular services to denounce the Philippines’ war on drugs.

The announcement was made prior to meeting with Deputy Consul General Jaimon Ascalon last Friday.

These activists told Aascalon that the death of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos is a tragic example of the Duterte administration’s failed stance on eradicating drugs in the Philippines.

“How much blood has to go out on the street for this administration to realize that this drug war, like many other drugs wars that had happen across the world, including the United States, have ended in failure?” said Adrian Bonifacio from Anakbayan east bay

The activists demanded that Ascalon call Malacanang and convey their message.
Ascalon declined, citing the time difference while also ensuring that the proper channels will and have been getting their messages of concern.

The activists were not satisfied.

“We’ve never gotten a reply for the consulate, unfortunately, to any of our pleas. All we hear is ‘we’ve conveyed your message,” said Rhonda Ramiro.
“There’s strict instructions and guidance from the very top from the office of the president that the rule of law should prevail in these operations,” Ascalon said.

Vigils for kian continued at the Bayanihan community center, where they focused on Kian’s mother – Lorenza – an overseas Filipino worker.
People here say that Lorenza who was only trying to support her family and the Philippine economy did not have to also sacrifice her son.

And in Oakland, an art exhibit featuring pieces done by Filipino political prisoners also became a tribute to Kian.

“Building a cultural resistance is really key in shaping the minds and spirits of people, of how they see how beautiful the struggle is, and really uplifting the resistance of the people,” said Irma Shauf-Bajar from Gabriella SF.

According to organizers, the exhibit raised about $1600, which will go towards human rights organizations aiding the Philippines.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    29 August 2017 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    According to Contreras (Manila Times 2017), Kian Lloyd De Los Santos was a peddler and courier…while the PNP continue their investigation of Kian’s alleged mercer case, the Philliphines media intensifies in dramatizing the incident…