By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
The parents of Carl Arnaiz urged other victims and their parents to “be fearless” to “fight” for the truth amid continuous killings in police operations.
Arnaiz, a former University of the Philippines (UP) student, was 19 when he was gunned down allegedly by two rookie cops in Caloocan City on August 18, 2017.
The police said that Arnaiz robbed a taxi driver and was later killed after he reportedly “resisted arrest” and “fired shots at them.” But experts from a forensic team said that there was no indication that Arnaiz fired a gun because of the trajectory of his gunshot wounds.
The victim’s family, who reside in Cainta, Rizal, said that Arnaiz went missing after he left their house to buy snacks nearby. Ten days later, they found him already dead in a morgue in Caloocan.
In an interview on Friday, Arnaiz’ father, Carlito, urged other victims of police operations to “be fearless” to “fight” for the truth.
“Magdemanda kayo. Panagutin ang mga dapat managot. [File a complaint. Hold those who are responsible accountable],” he said.
Carlito said that they are getting all the courage to fight for what is right from their late son whom they loved so much.
“Alam naming inosente ang anak namin. Kaya hindi kami natatakot. [We know that he is innocent. That is why we are not afraid],” he added.
Meanwhile, Arnaiz’ mother, Eva, was hopeful that his son would also get justice after another similar case was already addressed.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires already ordered dismissal and approved the filing of murder case against PSSg Gerry Geñalope after he admitted that he shot 23-year-old Djastin Lopez in a police operation on May 18, 2017 in Tondo, Manila. Like Arnaiz, Lopez was also killed after he reportedly “resisted arrest.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) already ordered the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to release all documents concerning anti-illegal drugs operations conducted by the police since July 1, 2016, which the OSG said they will “faithfully abide.”
“Okay ‘yan. Dumadami yung complainants na nagsasalita talaga. [That is good. Many are already speaking out],” Eva commented.
On Monday, April 8, another hearing is set again.
It has been almost two years since the case started. But until now, Arnaiz parents have still been seeking justice.
“Wala silang karapatang patayin, lalo na yung mga matitino. [They (the police) have no right to (kill) especially the innocent ones],” Carlito said.
“Inaabuso [nila] ang kapangyarihan. Hindi dapat ganoon. [They should not abuse their power],” he added.
“Magdedemanda kami…’di kami matatakot [We will push this (fight)…we are not afraid],” he said.