And now the State funded University of the Philippines-Diliman campus is crying out for justice.
"UP Diliman joins the family of Carl Angelo M. Arnaiz, a former UP Diliman student, in mourning his death and calling for immediate justice."
The death of Carl Angelo Cruz, a former BS Interior Design student in UP Diliman in 2014, has drawn comparisons to that of the Caloocan teen Kian Delos Santos. *
|President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sits down with the parents of slain teen Carl Angelo Arnaiz (Carlito and Eva), and with Public Attorney's Office Chief Persida Acosta (photo credit Malacañan )|
A statement was released by the Chancellor’s Office yesterday, UP Diliman said the killing of Arnaiz and Delos Santos raises questions about the safety and welfare of young Filipinos today.
"Carl's life circumstances are so similar to that of Kian delos Santos, another extra-judicial killing victim murdered just two days before Carl, raising questions about the safety and welfare of young Filipinos in the current war on drugs," it said.
Arnaiz, had to stop attending school after his 1st semester allegedly because of problems with depression.
His mother, an Overseas Filipino Worker, sends him money, from which a mini sari-sari store was established for Arnaiz future plans of going back to being a college student.
"Carl was consistently at the top of his class throughout his elementary years in a public school and at the Makati Science High School," UP said.
"His mother describes him as a homebody who disliked going out. He lived with and was taking care of his maternal grandmother, and a younger cousin," the university added.
The police spot report said Arnaiz attempted to rob a taxi driver along C-3 Road last August 18, but was shot dead by arresting officers. Marijuana leaves were reportedly recovered from the teenager. *
Autopsy findings suggested the boy may have been tortured, contrary to police's claim that he was killed in a shootout with lawmen.
A report by the Public Attorney's Office (PAO), however, said Arnaiz left their home in Cainta, Rizal to buy midnight snacks with a friend on August 17.
His body was found in a funeral parlor in Caloocan 10 days after he went missing. PAO autopsy shows Arnaiz sustained 5 gunshot wounds and bore marks of possible torture.
Report from abs-cbn news