TWO policemen and a taxi driver were formally charged with double murder before the Department of Justice (DoJ) in connection with the slayings of teenagers Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman.
Assisted by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), the parents of Arnaiz and De Guzman sued PO1s Jeffrey Perez and Ricky Arquilita of the Caloocan City police and taxi driver Tomas Bagcal.
Double murder is a non-bailable offense.
Furthermore, they were also charged with torture, planting of evidence under Section 29 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or Republic Act 9165 and Republic Act 10591 or Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Perez and Arquilita both claimed that they killed Arnaiz in a gunfight last August 18 after the latter allegedly robbed Bagcal. However, PAO disputed this, claiming the 19-year-old was handcuffed and possibly kneeling down when he was shot dead.
De Guzman was the last person seen alive with Arnaiz in Cainta, Rizal. A body believed by PAO and his parents to be his, bearing 26 stab wounds, was found in a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, last Sept. 6.