PNP-IAS seeks 2 cops' dismissal, demotion of precinct chief
MANILA—The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) on Wednesday said the two Caloocan cops involved in the death of 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz "intentionally killed" the teen.
The PNP-IAS found PO1 Jeffrey Perez and PO1 Ricky Arquilita administratively culpable for grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer, and has recommended their dismissal from police service.
"Corroborating physical evidence na tumugma doon sa narration of facts noong witness—yung driver na allegedly hinoldap at nagdala ng biktima—si Carl sa police station and dinala doon sa area kung saan siya natagpuan at siya ay doon namatay the entry of the bullet and the position of the victim, shows that he was intentionally killed," PNP-IAS Insp. Gen. Alfegar Triambulo said.
The PNP-IAS will also recommend the one-rank demotion of Caloocan Police Community Precinct 2 head Chief Inspector Fortunato Ecle by virtue of command responsibility.
Consolidated position papers of Perez and Arquilita submitted August 18, 2017 earlier said the two cops argued that “they cannot be held liable for Grave misconduct and Conduct Unbecoming of a Police Officer as the death of Carlo Angelo Arnaiz was a result of a legitimate police operation.”
“They put to note that aside from the .38 caliber revolver, shabu and marijuana were recovered from the possession of Carl Angelo Arnaiz. They thus posited that their acts are worth emulating and they must be given commendation for their noble acts in the conduct of official police duties,” the resolution read.
The PNP-IAS, however, found the statement of taxi driver Tomas Bagcal consistent with the crime scene and the bullet entry on Arnaiz' body.
"Direct po ang statement. And there is no motive ng witness to falsify or concoct the story regarding nung holdapan, pagdala niya ng biktima sa precinct at yung dinala sa scene of the crime, kasama siya at yung nakita niyang pagbaril ay tumugma doon sa mga entry ng bullet and position ng victim," Triambulo said.
Bagcal claimed Arnaiz robbed him last August 18 with a companion. In a Senate hearing, Bagcal said he brought the two suspects to a precinct.
The PNP-IAS said it could not establish if Arnaiz robbed Bagcal. The teen did not have a criminal record.
“Lumalabas na yun ay boluntaryong ginagawa ng mga pulis na yan, unang-una, wala namang record sa kanila ng previous cases, yung tao na magsasabi na siya ay problematic sa kanilang jurisdiction," Triambulo said.
"Pati record ng DSWD sa kaniyang lugar sa mga police station na nakarating, wala pong other incidents na sila po ay involved sa criminal activities. Maliban doon sa sinasabi ng taxi driver. Ibig sabihin, iyan po ay motive," he added.
The body of Arnaiz was found in Caloocan while the body of his alleged companion, 14-year-old Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman, was reportedly found on September 6 in a creek in Nueva Ecija.
The PNP-IAS said once the policemen are dismissed, it will be forced to put on hold the resolution of De Guzman’s case.
“Hindi na namin pinoproseso ang kay Kulot laban din sa mga respondents na yan. Dahil once na itong aming recommendation ay ma-approve ni Chief PNP, magiging moot and academic dahil hindi na po sila pulis,” Triambulo said.
The Department of Justice has launched a separate criminal investigation on the deaths of Arnaiz and De Guzman.