Kulot’s parents placed under WPP
The parents of slain 14-year-old Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman were placed yesterday under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DoJ).
Eduardo Gabriel and Lina de Guzman-Dimaganti were admitted to WPP after meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at his office also yesterday.
“We want the parents of Kulot to know that they can trust the Government’s Witness Protection Program or WPP,” said Aguirre in a statement.
“The WPP is the only entity empowered under the law to secure witnesses to a crime and to take care of them,” he pointed out as he cited provisions of Republic Act 6981, the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Program Act.
During the meeting with the parents, Aguirre recounted “they voluntarily and freely signified their intention to be placed under our government’s Witness Protection Program or WPP.”
With this, he immediately ordered Undersecretary Raymund Mecate, who is in charge of the WPP, to process their admission to the WPP.
Kulot was found dead in a creek in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, last Sept. 5 with his head wrapped in packing tape and his body bore around 30 stab wounds.