Risa Hontiveros seeks to declare Aug. 16 as 'National Day of Remembrance' to commemorate Kian’s death - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Risa Hontiveros seeks to declare Aug. 16 as 'National Day of Remembrance' to commemorate Kian’s death

Senator Risa Hontiveros files resolution to commemorate EJK victims / photo file from UNTV

Manila, Philippines – To commemorate the death of 17-year old Kian Lloyd Delos Santos, Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a resolution seeking to declare August 16 as a “National Day of Remembrance”.

The opposition senator wants to honor all of the victims of Duterte’s alleged Extrajudicial KilIings on his war against illegal drugs.

Exactly one year ago, Delos Santos was kiIIed in anti-illegal drugs operation by the Caloocan City Police.

“By choosing to remember those who have been felled by the war on drugs, we state our clear rejection of this culture of impunity and brazen disregard for due process and human rights,” Hontiveros said in a resolution.

Hontiveros said that the act of remembering is an act of defiance against the kiIIings.

"To forget is to give consent. We have the duty to remember. Amid the deluge of fake news and the systemic attempt at data obfuscation and revisionism to cover up the thousands who have died under President Duterte's brutal drug war, we must not allow Kian and all the EJK victims to be rendered nameless, invisible and forgotten," she said.*

17-year old Kian Lloyd Delos Santos / Photo grabbed from Inquirer

Hontiveros also said that the president’s continuous attacks on drug-users and his expressions of disdain on principles of human rights and due process, directly or indirectly, encourage or endorse the kiIIings in the name of the war on drugs.

As part of the activities to commemorate Kian’s death, a memorial marker will be unveiled Friday, 5:30 p.m., at the San Roque Cathedral compound in Caloocan, says ABS CBN news report.

The unveiling of the said marker will be led by Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Hontiveros, and friends and some of Kian’s relatives.

Then a mass will follow at 6pm, the report said.

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila De Lima reminded the people that Duterte’s crime should not be forgotten and people should continue to seek for justice.

"For now, we pause and pray for your victims. As we remember Kian, we remember how we need to stand up and protect human rights, democracy and morality in our society," she said in a statement.

"Sa paglimot, magpapatuloy ang siklo ng kasinungalingan at pag-abuso sa ating mga karapatan. Sa pagwawalang-kibo, mauulit at mauulit lang ang pagpaslang sa mga batang gaya ni Kian—na pinagkaitang mabuhay at tuparin ang kanilang mga pangarap," De Lima added.

De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center due to drugs charges, which she repeatedly denied.

Source: GMA News.