With reports surfacing over the death of a 19-year-old former University of the Philippines student Carl Angelo Arnaiz that netizens thought had many similarities to Kian delos Santos’s case, outrage was expressed online with #JusticeForCarl.
The hashtag trended on Twitter on September 4 as netizens mourned the loss of Carl and condemned the cops’ use of the “nanlaban” excuse.
On Facebook, Manila Bulletin columnist Tonyo Cruz’s post about Carl, the circumstances behind his death, and what he was in real life went viral. As of writing, it already had over 5,000 shares.
“Official version: Ayon sa Caloocan City Police, nakipagpalitan ng putok sa kanila noong Aug. 18 ang armed, dangerous at nakakatakot na taong ito.
Rumesponde daw ang pulis sa paghingi ng saklolo ng taxi driver na hinoldap nya. Napatay ang taong ito at natagpuan ang shabu at marijuana sa katawan nya.
IRL version: Ito si Carl Angelo Arnaiz. Elementary school valedictorian, Makati Science HS graduate at estudyante ng UP. Anak ng isang OFW sa Middle East.
Nagpaalam lang noong maghahatinggabi Aug. 17 na magmemerienda. Natagpuan ang bangkay nya Aug. 28 ng pamilyang di makapaniwala sa istorya ng pulis.
Ayon sa PAO autopsy, maraming palatandaan na biktima siya ng heavy torture, kinaladkad, pinosasan, pinaluhod at saka binaril habang nakaluhod.”
The Twitterverse also reacted to Carl’s death.
“I see humans but no humanity.”
— di 🌻 (@dionceballos_) September 4, 2017
“Being an honor student is not what affords Carl due process, but simply being a human being does. Drug pusher or not. #JusticeForCarl,” @pilosopotanya said.
Being an honor student is not what affords Carl due process, but simply being a human being does. Drug pusher or not. #JusticeForCarl
— Nathania Chua (@PilosopoTanya) September 4, 2017
Stop using “nanlaban” to justify the killings.
Stop using NANLABAN as an excuse to kill. Only Mocha and Sass Salot will buy that, given the size of their brains.#JusticeForCarl
— Ogie Rosa (@ogie_rosa) September 4, 2017
— Professional Heckler (@HecklerForever) September 4, 2017
— Don RB (@donthebasher) September 4, 2017
What about the cops?
Now tell me what will happen to those PNP killers? Wala lang?
— The Night King (@dnightking) September 4, 2017
— FAFDA MAGIC DRAGON (@leiron) September 4, 2017
These words from “Where Is The Love?” by Black Eyed Peas.
"People killin'… Father, Father, Father help us, send some guidance from above" #JusticeForCarl
— Essa (@EdoubleSA) September 4, 2017
Something to be afraid of even for non-drug users.
yung kahit di naman tayo gumagamit ng drugs and di tayo involved in any such nakakaba pa rin no #JusticeForCarl
— renz (@jayerenz) September 4, 2017