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Aguirre: Kian slay witnesses under Hontiveros no longer credible

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Three witnesses in the killing of 17-year-old student Kian Delos Santos might no longer be credible after Senator Risa Hontiveros took custody of them.

This is the concern made by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II considering Hontiveros is a member of the opposition and has been among the vocal critics of President Duterte’s war on drugs.

“Of course it will affect the credibility of these witnesses considering the bias of their handler,” he said Wednesday (August 23).

Earlier, Aguirre said he is willing to place in any witnesses in the death of Kian under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

“If they will apply, we are willing to consider them to the WPP,” he said.

KIan was killed by policemen during a drug operation in Caloocan City last August 16 when he resisted arrest and started firing at them.

His family disputed the claims of police he is a drug runner and the handgun and two sachets of shabu found in his possession were planted.