Ku­lot’s par­ents placed un­der WPP

Tempo - - Front Page - (Jef­frey G. Dam­icog)

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.

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