UP Diliman’s KAISA condemn Carl Arnaiz’s death: He’s a victim of police’s ‘manipulated narrative’
KAISA, a political organization based at the University of the Philippines Diliman, has slammed the administration’s bloody war on drugs following the death of UP student Carl Arnaiz.
In a statement, KAISA said Arnaiz is “not a mere statistic” since he, like other UP students, was a son, orgmate and fellow “Iskolar ng Bayan.”
“Carl was another victim of the vague, manipulated narratives of the police and Duterte’s drug war,” the group said.
Arnaiz was killed at around 3:30 a.m. on August 18, allegedly after engagung a shootout with the Caloocan City police.
According to the sworn affidavit of the cops who killed Arnaiz, the 19-year-old former Interior Design student from the UP College of Home Economics robbed a taxi driver along C-3 road, took the driver’s wallet and fled the scene.
The police said they saw Arnaiz while they were patrolling the area. When they accosted him, he allegedly opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back.
Aside from the taxi driver’s wallet, the police claimed they also saw marijuana and shabu among Arnaiz’s belongings.
The teenager’s parents were in shick over his death since they said he only left their house in Cainta, Rizal to buy snacks.
They found his body in a morgue a week after he went missing.
Autopsy by the Public Attorney’s Office showed that Arnaiz bore handcuff marks and his eyes were swollen. He also seemed to have been kneeling when he was shot in the chest several times.
Arnaiz’s death came just two days after 17-year old Kian Loyd Delos Santos was shot by the police in anti-drug operations, also in Caloocan City.
Apart from offering condolences to Arnaiz’s family, KAISA vowed to fight for justice about his death.
“Justice is taken away from the hand of a youth; but, in a similar vein, it is through the hands of the youth too, that justice will be demanded and justice be served,” the group said.