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UP Diliman joins the family of Carl Angelo M. Arnaiz, a former UP Diliman student, in mourning his death and calling for immediate justice.
Caloocan City police claim that at around 3 AM on August 18, Carl used a gun to hold up a taxi cab driver along C3. The driver sought police assistance and Carl was shot to death supposedly because he had fired at the police and resisted arrest (nanlaban). The police also claimed they found marijuana in his pockets and shabu in a backpack.
It was not until August 28 that a funeral parlor contacted Carl’s family, asking if they could identify the remains of an unknown male. The Public Attorney’s Office has since reported results of an autopsy showing that Carl was tortured before he was killed, in a kneeling position. There was no evidence that he had fired a gun.
Carl was consistently at the top of his class throughout his elementary years in a public school and at the Makati Science High School. In his senior year he took the tough UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT). Of the 83,000 who took the exam, 3800 made it into UP Diliman, including Carl, who enrolled as a BS Interior Design student for one semester during the schoolyear 2014-2015. He stopped schooling because of problems with depression, but was intent about returning to UP.
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. Using remittances from his mother, who has been working in Dubai for 7 years, he started a small sari-sari store.
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.
Carl would have turned 20 on November 15.
Photo credit: Carl Angelo M. Arnaiz Facebook page