Press Release
August 16, 2018

Statement of Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president,
On first year of the killing of Kian de los Santos and the President's resign statements

Justice has yet to be served one year after the brutal murder of Kian de los Santos, the 17-year-old boy who was shot dead while kneeling and begging to be allowed to go home because he had an early class the following day.

It is a farce and a tragedy that one year after, another P6.8-billion worth of shabu has slipped past the Bureau of Customs, even as the guilty in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling last year have yet to be punished. Go after the big-time smugglers of illegal drugs.

It is ironic that the President ran and won on the campaign to wipe out drugs in three to six months. Now, he's talking about giving up and resigning, but willing to turn over the presidency to the son of the dictator.

Poverty, hunger, and social injustice are still the problems that ordinary Filipinos face every day, in the rising prices of goods and the growing insecurity in jobs. The country's leaders are duty-bound to focus on easing, if not removing, these pains of their citizens.

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