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Out for Yellows? Caloocan prosecutor who doubted Kian’s innocence now handling De Lima drug cases

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by Xave Gregorio

What goes around, comes back around.

Caloocan City prosecutor Darwin Cañete, who handled the case of slain Grade 11 student Kian delos Santos and doubted his innocence, is back – this time as part of the panel pursuing drug charges against opposition Senator Leila De Lima.

Lead prosecutor Ramoncito Ocampo told reporters in an interview that Cañete was selected by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to join the prosecution panel against De Lima.

“He’s one of the members of the [prosecution] panel [against De Lima.] Magaling ito eh. Kaya kailangan [namin,]” Ocampo said.

Asked why Cañete was chosen, Ocampo said, “Wala lang. Maybe because of his competence in trial. Kailangan namin ng competent sa trial. Kailangan namin doon ‘yung may guts.”

Cañete was spotted trotting with other government prosecutors on Friday (June 22) at the Muntinlupa City Hall of Justice in time for De Lima’s scheduled court appearance.

He was reassigned by former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in August 2017 to Mandaluyong due to supposed threats to his safety.

Aguirre’s order was issued on the same day he granted government protection to Delos Santos’ parents.

Cañete, a rabid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, doubted the innocence of Delos Santos, saying in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he is “not buying” that the Grade 11 student was “super innocent.”

He also advocate on Facebook last year for the killing of yellows, a term now used to refer to the formerly rulin Liberal Party and other opposition forces.

“Fact is, YELLOWS are EVIL. You don’t talk to them, YOU KILL THEM. After you kill one, you find another to DESTROY. Like COCKROACHES,” Cañete said.