Parents of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III yesterday welcomed the submission of sworn statement by suspect-turned-witness Marc Anthony Ventura, who appeared during the re-opening of the preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with the celebrated hazing death case.
During the re-opening of the preliminary investigation, Horacio Jr. and Carmina Castillo said that Ventura’s statement will boost the case’s chances of indicting the respondents on charges of murder, hazing and obstruction of justice charges filed against them.
“With his statement they cannot deny that a crime has been committed. Hindi nila puwedeng itanggi ’yun hazing na nangyari and we have a witness to the crime which I believe would put them all to jail,” Carmina told reporters after the hearing.
“It is just proper that they reopen the case to present the affidavit of Mark Ventura. It’s OK we are very happy for that (and) very grateful, very thankful to DoJ,” Atio’s mother added.
Horacio Jr. was also grateful to Ventura for telling the truth.
Ventura, accompanied by his lawyer, subscribed to his sworn statement before the panel of prosecutors led by Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Villanueva with member Assistant Prosecutor Attorney II Wendell Bendoval.