MANILA - The taxi driver and two cops tagged in the killing of teenagers Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo "Kulot" De Guzman are asking for more time to respond to the charges against them.
Police Officers 1 Jeffrey Perez and Ricky Arquilita of the Caloocan Police, and taxi driver Tomas Marleo Bagcal, all failed to submit their counter-affidavits Monday.
They are all facing double murder, torture, and planting of evidence raps for the teens' slay.
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Ma. Emilia Victorio, and Assistant State Prosecutors Gilmarie Fe Pacamarra and Alejandro C. Daguiso gave them up to October 19 to submit their counter-affidavits.
The Public Attorney’s Office, meanwhile, who serves as counsel for the Arnaiz and De Guzman families, are given up to October 23 to submit their reply.
Deadline for the respondents' submission of rejoinder, if any, is set on October 26.
Complainants’ main witness, "Joe Daniel," earlier narrated in his sworn statement that he saw the policemen kill the handcuffed Arnaiz along C-3 Road, and sped off in a police mobile patrol car with De Guzman.
The respondents, however, have claimed Arnaiz held-up Bagcal and put up resistance.
The deaths of Arnaiz, De Guzman, and 17-year old Kian Delos Santos, who was also gunned down by Caloocan City policemen, drew flak from various sectors and was even condemned by members of the Philippine Senate.