PAO chief welcomes raps vs Caloocan cops: ‘Justice prevailed!’

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Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta welcomed the filing of charges against two Caloocan City policemen over the murder of teenagers Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman.

“Justice prevailed,” Acosta said commenting on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) filing of murder cases against Police Officers 1 Jeffrey Perez and Ricky Arquilita.

“This case proves that there is no state-sponsored illegal killings,” she added.

In a 35-page resolution, the DOJ panel found the existence of conspiracy in the deaths of Arnaiz and de Guzman.

The two policemen were charged with two counts of murder, two counts of torture and three counts of planting of evidence under the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunitions Regulation Act and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Acosta said they would coordinate with the DOJ prosecutors in preparation for the trial.

She added that the teenagers’ parents were thankful that charges were filed against their sons’ killers.