DOJ open to placing kin of slain former UP student under WPP

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is open to the possibility of placing the family of slain 19-year-old former University of the Philippines (UP) student to the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

At a press conference on Monday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the parents of Carl Angelo Arnaiz has yet to apply to the DOJ for their inclusion to the WPP.

Arnaiz was killed in an alleged shootout with Caloocan policemen who tried to apprehend him for allegedly robbing a taxi driver along C3 road in Caloocan City on August 18.

According to Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, the parents of Carl, Carlito and Eva, will apply to the program, even though there are no threats yet directed against their lives.

Acosta said the parents sought the assitance of the PAO on Saturday in examining the body of their son, which they found 10 days after he was killed.

She said the family did not believe the report of the police saying that their son had robbed a taxi driver and that found in his possession were shabu and marijuana.

"Di naniniwla ang magulang kaya humingi sila ng tulong sa PAO," she said.

A forensic analysis conducted by the PAO's forensic consultant on Sunday revealed that Carl was shot five times, three of these shots were found on his chest.

Bruises were also found under his eyes and his wrists indicating that he was tortured before he was killed.

"All in all, naposas siya, binugbog, kinaladkad at tsaka pinatay," forensic expert Dr. Erwin Erfe said.

"Mukang nakaluhod siya unang three shots. Last two shots inflicted nakahiga na siya, he added.

Erfe said their findings does not match the police report.

"It (report) doesn't match dun sa ebidensya na nakita namin sa body nung tao. Malayong-malayo po," Erfe said.

He added that the killing was intentional as the shots were found to be targeting the vital organs.

"Intentional killing po yan." Erfe said.

'Parallelism'

Acosta said the killing of Carl is quite parallel with the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos last August 16.

"May parallelism. May common denominator tong pagpatay kay Kian at Carl," said Acosta.

Among the similarities, she said, were both the victims were sons of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and both were killed in Caloocan, also by the city's police.

The mother of Carl said he will be laid to rest on Tuesday.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier issued an order directing the National Bureau of Investigation to probe Carl's killing.

His death came only two days following the death of teenage student Delos Santos. (SunStar Philippines)

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