Complaints filed by PAO
MANILA, Philippines — The Public Attorneys’ Office (PAO) has formally filed complaints against the policemen and taxi driver involved in the killing of 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz and 14- year-old Reynaldo de Guzman alias Kulot.
They are facing double murder charges, violation of firearms act, planting of evidence, violation of the drugs act and of the anti – torture act or the Republic Act No. 9745.
“We included the driver because Carl was already dead when he said he was robbed between 2 to 3 o’clock. But as of 1:28, the minor was already killed,” said PAO chief Atty. Persida Acosta.
“The basis is : why did he connive with the police to charge Carl?” she added.
PAO also noted that the intervention of other investigating bodies in the slay cases of Arnaiz and Kulot is unreasonable.
The PAO chief said they should no longer interfere in terms of examining the remains the minors.
“Why did they conduct a test when the remains are positively identified by the NBI, the CHR, and PAO and even the parents themselves?” said Acosta. “Then they should excavate so they would face charges before the Ombudsman.”
On Thursday, the Department of Justice began the preliminary investigation on the killing of Kian delos Santos.
Some witnesses, two of them minors, were in attendance, assisted by PAO.
The parents of Kian also attended the preliminary investigation.
Acosta said they have strong evidence against the four Caloocan policemen who initially faced complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation over their merciless killing of the grade 12 student.
“Now, we move for the issuance of subpoena of the individuals the IAS will investigate,” said Acosta.
The four policemen involved in the slay case were present in the preliminary probe. They are CInsp. Amor Cerillo, PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and PO1 Jeremias Pereda.
Despite this, they have yet to submit their counter affidavit, saying they have not yet received the copy of the complaint.
“To seek a clarification because when we received the subpoena from the DOJ last Tuesday, there is no complaint affidavit attached in this subpoena, although there is a result of the investigation made by the NBI, but I have not seen any complaint affidavit attached herein. So may we request to have a copy of all the complaints?” said Atty. Oliver Yuan, a legal counsel of Caloocan police.
The DOJ also ordered the appearance of 12 other cops on duty in the Caloocan police station when the operation and killing of Kian delos Santos happened.
According to the acting prosecutor general, the murder of Kian, Carl and Kulot can be considered as high-profile slay cases.
“Considering that this case, maybe considered a high profile complaint. I will recommend to the secretary that a three-member panel be created otherwise it will be assigned to an individual prosecutor,” said acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr.
The next hearing on the Delos Santos slay case is set on September 25. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue