I had a creeping suspicion that the deaths of Kian, Arnaiz, and Kulot were part of a conspiracy to bring down the government of President Rody Duterte.
The coincidence is just too much.
There seemed to be panic after Andy Bautista was exposed for alleged hidden wealth.
A few weeks after Patricia Bautista's exposé of her husband's alleged hidden wealth, Kian Loyd Delo Santos was killed. Shortly after that, Senator Sonny Trillanes IV went hyperdrive in his attempt to link the P6.4 billion shabu shipment to Duterte by linking his son Paulo and son-in-law Mans Carpio.
After that, more deaths namely that of Carl Arnaiz and his friend Reynaldo de Guzman who was stabbed 30 times.
After Reynaldo de Guzman's dead, I started wondering. Why was he stabbed 30 times? Why the brutality? Was this all drama to set the stage for a massive demonstration against the President?
By all indicators, there is a movement right now for protest.
Then yesterday, September 8, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday blamed saboteurs for the deaths of teenager Carl Arnaiz – whom he described as a relative – and other innocent victims.
Duterte said the efforts were aimed at bringing down his administration.
He said he had directed Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa to look into the matter. “That’s why I have said to, the PNP Chief is here, to closely look into this because we are being sabotaged,” he said.
Duterte said the killings “were intentional” and were definitely aimed against his government.
He then said that if ever it was true that policemen would shoot at suspects, they would not bother to wrap the victims in plastic anymore. “The police would not wrap (victims). That is not the job of the police to…you wrap, that’s foolishness.
So there are saboteurs,” he said. Duterte said he could not also possibly order the police to just kill anybody, including Arnaiz.
“I am telling you, one of those killed was my relative. Carl Arnaiz. He was my relative I want you to know that. Would I allow the police to kill my relative?” he asked.
Arnaiz was killed after allegedly shooting it out with Caloocan policemen who were responding to a report of a taxi robbery. His companion, 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman was later found dead with his head wrapped in plastic.
Duterte said what was certain was that “somebody was cooking somewhere to discredit us.” ‘Let them shout all day’ He then pointed out that a massive rally was being planned against the killings. Addressing dela Rosa and the military, Duterte said the protesters should be given their day.
“During the massive rally, I want the military confined in the barracks. Policemen should only be for traffic duties. Give them the space and they can shout all day,” he said.
Duterte said the police should not engage the protesters, whom he said, were out to make trouble. “Just leave somebody to manage the traffic, period. So that there will be no trouble because they will find a reason to create one.
They would want that they will get physically assaulted so they would have more reason to…let them,” he added. Duterte then reminded policemen that their duty required them to make arrest when ordered to do so.
He said arrests can also be made without any warrant if a suspect was “committing a crime in your presence, or have committed a crime and is running away or about to shoot somebody.”
“That is the time you can arrest a person without a warrant,” he said, as he blasted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for reportedly saying that suspects should not submit to an arrest without a warrant. “I told her, Madam Chief Justice, don’t teach the people a wrong thing.
You have forgotten that there are arrests that can be made without a warrant. The war in Marawi, if somebody shoots at me, should I still run to the court first to secure a warrant? If an NPA rebel was being pursued, should I go to the municipal judge first?” the President said.