PNP internal affairs starts probe on deaths of Carl Angelo, 14-year-old companion

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2017 09:25 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) on Wednesday began its investigation into the death of 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz and his companion 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman.

Lawyer Michael Darwin Bayotas, acting chief of the IAS Intelligence and Investigation Division, said the National Internal Affairs Service (NIAS) has ordered the profiling of taxi driver Tomas Bagcal, who had alleged that Arnaiz robbed him.

"Kami po ay naatasan na mag-conduct ng profiling doon sa taxi driver na si Tomas Bagcal, kung siya ba talga ay legitimate na driver ng taxi na kanyang pinagmamanehuhan. At 'yung kanyang operator, kung legitimate or talagang driver siya doon sa taxi na yon," Bayotas said. 

A police spot report said Arnaiz attempted to rob Bagcal along C-3 Road on Aug. 18 and was shot dead by arresting officers after allegedly resisting arrest. Marijuana leaves were reportedly recovered from the teenager.

Autopsy findings suggest the boy may have been tortured, contrary to police's claim that he was killed in a shootout.

The NIAS is currently compiling all documents related to the police operation, gathering testimonial evidence, and identifying possible witnesses. 

"Kinukuha pa namin ang mga after-operations report o dokumento, at kung may makitang prima facie [evidence] na may problema or lapse na naman sa aming police operational procedures, they will be subjected to pre-charge investigation," Bayotas said.

"Doon pa lang po sila makakapagbigay ng counter-affidavit, pero puwede naman po silang makapagbigay ng salaysay dito pa lamang sa investigation stage," he added.

Meanwhile, IAS Region 3 has been dispatched to investigate the death of Reynaldo de Guzman, who was initially reported missing and eventually found dead with multiple stab wounds in Gapan, Nueva Ecija.

De Guzman was with Arnaiz on the night he disappeared. 

"Although hindi pa po malinaw kung nasa police custody siya that time na he was taken by the police or under police custody, pero nevertheless, na-dispatch na ang IAS Region 3 to investigate kung namatay ang bata sa custody ng police or police operation, lilinawin pa po muna," Bayotas said. 

The deaths of Arnaiz and De Guzman followed the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos in a police operation in Caloocan City on Aug. 16. 

Delos Santos was shot dead after allegedly fighting cops conducting an anti-narcotics sweep. Witnesses, however, claimed the Grade 12 student was mauled, handed a gun and told to run for his life.

Forensic examinations by the Public Attorney’s Office revealed that Arnaiz and Delos Santos appear to have been murdered as they were already on the ground when shot.