Duterte tells Aguirre to handle investigation of Carl Arnaiz slay

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — The President has given his assurance that the investigation into the death of a  former University of the Philippines student's death will be "thorough and impartial."

Speaking at the anniversary of the Social Security System Wednesday, Duterte said he ordered Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to "take over" the investigation of 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz

Duterte said while policemen would always be protected, "there is always the element of the perfromance of duty."

"You do not kill defenseless persons," he said.

 

He added he would pursue the cases against the police, "and if need be, they will go to jail."

Duterte said he never gave any order to kill anyone, young or old, and even enemies on bended knees. He said it is "not the norm or the rule of a democracy."

"I would never, ever condone or allow it," said the President.

In a press briefing Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said there will be no whitewash and those found responsible will be made accountable.

Duterte met with Arnaiz's family Wednesday.

Arnaiz remembered as a brilliant student

A statement from the University of the Philippines Diliman where Arnaiz was a BS Interior Design student, said the university was mourning his death and is "calling for immediate justice."

The statement added, "Carl was consistently at the top of his class throughout his elementary years in a public school and at the Makati Science High School."

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Arnaiz was laid to rest on Sept. 5 in Makati.

Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said Arnaiz was killed on Aug. 18 after a shootout with police.

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He said the police officers from Caloocan City responded to a report of a taxi driver who was held up. The driver identified Arnaiz, a resident of Cainta, Rizal, as the suspect.

Dela Rosa said Arnaiz fought with policemen, prompting the police to retaliate.

The forensic analysis conducted by the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) on Sunday showed Arnaiz sustained a total of five gunshots: three to the chest, one on the left side of his body, and another one on the back of his arm.

PAO Forensics Lab Director Dr. Erwin Erfe said Arnaiz was on his knees when he was shot.

Arnaiz's family found his body at a morgue, 10 days after he was killed.

NBI also ordered to investigate Arnaiz companion's death

Also today, Aguirre gave the order to investigate the death of 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman, whose body - bearing 31 stab wounds - was found in Gapan, Nueva Ecija Wednesday.

The Department of Justice issued Department Order 581 Wednesday, telling the National Bureau of Investigation (NB) to conduct an "investigation and case build up over the death of Reynaldo de Guzman."

The Order states should there be sufficient evidence, appropriate charges would be filed.

 

READ: Carl Arnaiz's missing companion found dead in Nueva Ecija

De Guzman was last seen with Arnaiz on Aug. 18,  the night when the 19-year-old was killed by Caloocan police officers in an alleged shootout.

The police said it received a call from a person who reported seeing a body floating in a creek early Tuesday.

Police investigator Francisco Capili added the body was brought to Dariz Funeral parlor in San Roque in Gapan, where his remains were identified by his family.

De Guzman's body will undergo autopsy in Gapan City.

CNN Philippines Senior Digital Producer Lara Tan contributed to this report.