Look: Children’s Tackles Story Of Kian Lloyd Delos Santos
Ringo | On 07, Sep 2017
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) on Tuesday launched a children’s book that tackles the story of Kian Lloyd Delos Santos.
Delos Santos is the 17-year-old boy who was killed by the police in a drug operation. Since the issue was covered by the media, stories piled up.
The book entitled “Si Kian” was written in both Filipino and English by author Weng Cahiles. It is illustrated by Alde Aguirre, in collaboration with researcher Kimberly Dela Cruz.
To make sure that the writer will have enough resources for the book, Dela Cruz followed the case and interviewed at least 30 people and obtaining documents from the police.
“Nagse-send ako ng photos sa illustrator mula sa lamay, then around the neighborhood, sa crime scene at lahat ng audio and findings ko, ni-relay ko kay Weng at Sheila,” told the ABS-CBN News.
Cahiles, on the other hand, said she joined Dela Cruz once. She said the project was quite challenging for her because that same day she had to go to Singapore and work from there and had to work on a matter that is a “reality.”
“Importante ito dahil ito ang realidad. Kian was just 17 when this happened to him. He was a typical teenager who wanted to have his own bike, had a girlfriend, the joker among his barkada,” Cahiles noted.
She added that Kian is a reflection of someone’s friend, classmate, neighbor and much more.
“Kids and young adults need to know that these things do happen to people their age. Kian could be their classmate, a friend, a neighbor. It may seem harsh, but this is our reality now. It is unsafe out there,” said Cahiles.
Ito ang kuwento ni Kian Loyd Delos Santos, labimpitong taong gulang, isang estudyante na pinatay ng pulis sa Kalookan…