STATEMENT OF THE XAVIER SCHOOL NUVALI STUDENT COUNCIL
ON THE RECENT KILLINGS DURING THE DRUG OPERATIONS:
August 25, 2017 marked the end of Kian de los Santos’ wake in Caloocan. Kian was a 17-year-old 11th Grader, a student, same as any high schooler in XSN. He died on August 16, 2017 during a drug raid where he was shot by police officers. Those officers claim Kian was found in possession of drugs, and that he pulled a gun, forcing them to open fire.
Many other sources however, including reports from CNN, Rappler, and the Inquirer, shared the testimonies of witnesses as well as CCTV footage proving otherwise. According to different witnesses, Kian was handed a gun and was instructed to run, then was shot thrice: twice in the head and once in the back. This pool of controversial reports is part of the Philippines’ ongoing phenomenon: the war against drugs.
Kian is just one out of the 7,080 people killed in this war against drugs as of April 2017. Added to this statistic are the recent deaths of Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman whose deaths also call into question the involvement of police officers.
The Xavier School Nuvali Student Council Executive Board hereby condemns these unjust killings and acts of violence. The lack of due process, and lack of any sufficient action done to address these injustices, deeply disturbs us. No war, may it be against drugs or for any other reason, is worth the lives of our youth and our citizens. We stand our ground and voice out our opinion and concern, not just as members of the Student Council, but as members of the youth and citizens of our nation. It is during these times of controversy that our voices and choices are all the more important, so we compel everyone to be critical of current events and of the injustices that occur in our country and to take a stand against these injustices.
In light of the recent events, we, not only as Xaverians, but also human beings are reminded that it is not through violence that we achieve justice and peace. It is not through escalating conflict that we find the direction towards where we want to be as a nation.
We will not let these tragedies silence our spirits. Now, more than ever, we need to keep fighting the good fight by making our actions speak of our values, of the indignant flame that we keep alive for justice and the hope for a better future.