MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday placed the parents of slain 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz under provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program (WPP).
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, who met with Carlito and Eva Arnaiz on Monday, has ordered the processing of the couple's application for full WPP coverage, said DOJ Undersecretary Erickson Balmes.
The couple, Balmes said, needs to execute a memorandum of agreement to enjoy protection and other benefits under the WPP.
The Arnaizes however admitted that they have not received threats to their security.
Their son, a former student of the University of the Philippines, was shot dead by policemen after he allegedly attempted to rob a taxi driver along C-3 Road in Caloocan last August 17.
Arnaiz's family found his remains in a morgue 10 days later.
Forensic experts said the boy's body bore torture marks, and that he was repeatedly shot while kneeling or sprawled on the ground.
Arnaiz was killed in the same week that anti-narcotics cops in Caloocan shot dead 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos.
Witnesses have claimed Delos Santos, whom policed tagged as a drug courier, was mauled by officers and given a gun. Police also admitted that they verified the Grade 12 student's alleged drug links on social media, only a day after his killing.
The DOJ has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) toconduct a parallel investigation into his death.
The Arnaiz family is being assisted by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in pursuing legal charges against the policemen involved in the incident.
--With reports from Johnson Manabat, DZMM; and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News