Countless people were enraged when they found out about the suffering that Carl Angelo Arnaiz experienced at the hands of the police. Arnaiz was just one of the latest casualties in the Duterte regime’s War on Drugs. The public placed the blame on President Duterte, whose violence-laden rhetoric has emboldened the police and seemingly created a culture of impunity.
However, President Duterte recently claimed that Carl Arnaiz was his relative. According to a report by News 5, Duterte believes that the image of his regime is being sabotaged:
“Nandito si PNP Chief [Ronald dela Rosa]. Silipin mong mabuti kasi sinasabotahe kayo. Sinasadya talaga ‘yan. Alam mo ang police, magbaril yan, if at all – o sabihin mo extrajudicial pero hindi magbalot. That is not the job of a police na magbalot. So mayroong nagsasabotahe.”
He said that the executions were meant to taint the image of his controversial War on Drugs:
“Isa dyan sa pinatay, relative ko… Si Carl Arnaiz. Kamag-anak ko ‘yan. Kung gusto niyong malaman. Ako? Papayag ba ako na patayin kamag-anak ko?”
Apart from that, President Duterte also expressed his opinions on Senator Antonio Trillanes, one of his most vocal critics:
“‘Yang style ni Trillanes, ‘wag kayong pumayag. ‘Pag ganun, tindigan ninyo. P******** ka lumabas ka diyan. Draw tayo. Hambugero [Mayabang]. Talawan man na! [Duwag naman ‘yan!]”
The president also explained when police officers can arrest anyone even without a warrant, solidifying his stance on ordering PNP to use any means possible to apprehend criminals and lawbreakers.
It’s worth noting that what the President has said regarding police officers arresting civilians without a warrant could be interpreted as unconstitutional. There are checks and balances in place that are meant to ensure that the police force do not abuse their powers.
In a report by Rappler, Carl Arnaiz is believed to be related to President Duterte through the Roas, his mother’s side. Carl’s father, Carlito, reportedly hails from a place where the Dutertes lived for a period of time – Maasin, Southern Leyte.
In an additional report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Duterte said:
“The police would not wrap (victims). That is not the job of the police to…you wrap, that’s foolishness. So there are saboteurs.”
Meanwhile, here are the netizens’ comments about Duterte’s claim:
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