By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte said the Philippine National Police (PNP) is being sabotaged in the light of the recent killings of teenagers, including his ‘relative’ Carl Angelo Arnaiz in Caloocan City mid-August.
Duterte, in his speech in Digos City, Friday evening, ordered PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa to look into the killings closely as he claimed that someone is doing the slayings on purpose.
“Silipin mong mabuti kasi sinasabutahe kayo. Sinasadya talaga ‘yan (Look into it because you are being sabotaged. The killings are being intentionally done),” Duterte told Dela Rosa.
He also defended the police from the death of Carl’s companion, 14-year-old Reynaldo De Guzman whose body was found with 30 stab wounds and his head wrapped in packaging tape.
“That is not the job of the police Anak ng… So, meron diyan nagsasabutahe (So someone from the inside is sabotaging the PNP),” he added.
The President said he belives that this is being done to discredit the PNP and his drug war because there is no reason for him to order the police to kill his own relatives.
“One of them [slain teenagers] was my relative. Carl Angelo Arnaiz. Why would I want him dead?” Duterte said in dialect. “May nagluluto (Someone’s cooking up something) somewhere to discredit us.”
It was reported that Carl Angelo’s father Carlito, who hails from Maasin, Leyte, is Duterte’s relative from the mother side. Duterte met with Carl’s parents in Malacañang on Wednesday.
Duterte declared it is not a policy to kill drug suspects despite the recent killing of the teenagers, allegedly by the police, notably Kian delos Santos also in Caloocan City mid-August.