Chief PNP admitted he was disappointed by the results of the police operation, especially the death of the teen suspect. But he said the operation itself was legitimate because there was basis for allegations that Delos Santos was a source of illegal drugs.
"Dismayed ako sa outcome ng operation, bakit napatay ang bata, pero hindi ako dismayed sa operation itself dahil meron naman talagang basehan ang operation na itinuturo talaga si Kian ay source ng droga doon sa area," he said.
The PNP chief said that the slain teenager was just a victim of his own father and that the young man would have had a chance to change his life if he had lived.
"Biktima lang ang bata at ginagamit ng ama. Bigyan siya ng pagkakataon na magbagong-buhay at matuto na mali ang ginagawa niya. Sumusunod siya sa utos ng kanyang pusher na ama. Bata pa, magbago pa yan," he said.
He said he already ordered the the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) to immediately investigate the matter, saying he does not want an isolated case to diminish the PNP's accomplishments.