‘Di naman sila aktibista! Kian, Kulot killing not EJK – DOJ exec
by Xave Gregorio
The killings of Kian Loyd delos Santos and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman cannot be considered as extrajudicial killings (EJKs) as the two minors have not advocated for civil and political rights.
Department of Justice undersecretary Reynante Orceo said the killings of Delos Santos and De Guzman are not EJKs, as defined in the Administrative Order 35.
“When you read the AO 35 – Executive Order – it classifies EJK as to one who is advocating for a political or civil and political rights,” Orceo said Monday (January 22) at a press briefing in Malacañang.
AO 35, issued in 2012, said the administration of then-President Noynoy Aquino is “dedicated to the resolution of unsolved cases of political violence in the form of extra-legal killings,” among other things.
“Other than this definition, all extra killings not classified as EJK, but rather as a common crime being handled by the PNP as common criminals,” Orceo said.
Delos Santos was 17 years old when anti-drug cops dragged him to a dark alley and shot him during one of the “One Time, Big Time” operations.
Police maintain that Delos Santos had drug links, pointing to social media as evidence.
Another minor, 14-year-old Kulot, was last seen with Carl Angelo Arnaiz before he was found floating in a creek, with 30 stab wounds.
Arnaiz himself was shot by police after he allegedly robbed a taxi driver.