MANILA - The killing of teenager Carl Arnaiz allegedly at the hands of policemen may be a case of "hulidap" wherein corrupt cops try to extort money from people in exchange for not filing cases against them, the Public Attorney's Office chief said Tuesday.
Arnaiz, 19, was shot dead after he allegedly attempted to rob taxi driver Tomas Bagcal along C-3 Road in Caloocan last August 18.
PAO Chief Persida Acosta, who is assisting the Arnaiz family in seeking justice, said the teenager was not on the barangay's drug watch list and his death may be a result of a different modus of the police.
Eva Arnaiz, the teen's mother, earlier told senators that she sent her son 17,000 pesos a day before he went missing.
Acosta said the money went missing after the alleged robbery.
"May mga hulidap noon pa. May pera yan eh," she told ANC's Headstart.
"Patawarin sila ng langit, nasaan na ang pera ni Carl? Bakit yung backpack wala nang lamang pera? Pati yung Lenovo na padala ng ina na cellphone, wala na, napalitan na ng mumurahing analog?"
(There has been 'hulidap' way back. He had money. God forgive them, but where is Carl's money? Why wasn't the money in his backpack? Even the cellphone his mother sent was missing and was replaced with a cheap analog phone?)
"Hulidap" is a slang term pertaining to incidents where law enforcers pretend to arrest criminals to be able to extort money in exchange for their freedom.
Two Senate witnesses on Monday claimed they saw Arnaiz being shot by Caloocan cops while he was on his knees. An earlier PAO investigation found that he was tortured and was slain "execution style" with an obvious intent to kill.
The office has filed double murder charges against the cops and Bagal and accused them of planting evidence. Acosta believes they have more than enough evidence to stand trial.