MANILA - The case on the twin killings of 19-year old Carl Angelo Arnaiz and 14-year old Reynaldo "Kulot" de Guzman has been submitted for resolution at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
With the development, the DOJ will now decide whether or not there is probable cause to charge the respondents in court for the double slay.
The DOJ submitted the case for resolution after 2 more witnesses for respondents Police Officers 1 Jeffrey Perez and Ricky Arquilita subscribed to their affidavit on Friday.
Perez and Arquilita, along with cab driver Tomas Bagcal, face charges for double murder, torture, and planting of evidence.
Solomon Rosca, a tricycle driver, and his partner, Madelene Soliman, reaffirmed their 2-page handwritten statement before Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Ma. Emilia Victorio and Assistant State Prosecutor Gilmarie Fe Pacamarra during proceedings on Friday.
A representative from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) was also present on behalf of the complainants: spouses Carlito and Eva Arnaiz, Arnaiz's parents; and spouses Eduardo Gabriel and Lina De Guzman, De Guzman's parents.
Rosca and Soliman claimed they saw Arnaiz fire first at the respondents around 4 a.m. on Aug. 18, when the two officers allegedly responded to a robbery.
The respondents have maintained that Arnaiz attempted to rob Bagcal, and that they shot at him to defend themselves.
Arnaiz was last seen alive on Aug. 17. His body was found at a morgue 10 days later, and forensic examination showed it bore possible signs of torture.
De Guzman's body was, meanwhile, recovered in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, 20 days after he and Arnaiz went missing. Police are disputing the identity of the body, however, saying a DNA test showed that it was not De Guzman.