THREE individuals are now being considered as principal suspects in the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) freshman law student Horacio Tomas ‘Atio’ Castillo III.
At the same time, the Bureau of Immigration placed under the Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) members of Aegis Juris Fraternity tagged in the death of Castillo. They are Arvin R. Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Marc Anthony Ventura, Axel Mundo Hipe, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Jason Adolfo Robiños, Ralph Trangia, Ranie Rafael Santiago, Danielle Hans Mattew Rodrigo, Carl Mattew Villanueva, Aeron Salientes, Marcelino Bagtang, Zimon Padro, Jose Miguel Salamat and John Paul Solano.
Manila Police District director Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel ordered the immediate arrest of John Paul Solano, Antonio Trangia and his son Ralph.
On the other hand, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, a close friend of Atio’s father, said he has the names of five of those allegedly involved in the hazing of Castillo. The five people are the officers of the Aegis Juris fraternity at the time of the hazing.
“So far may mga lima kaming ilalabas, ‘yung mga officers ng fraternity at the time of the hazing. ‘Yung ibang mga alumni, mga members na andoon, may pangalan na pero hindi pa mare-reveal as of now, it would be revealed during the committee hearing,” Zubiri said.
Zubiri said there were at least 15 people, alumni and members of the Aegis Juris fraternity, who were present during the hazing.
Coronel said the ownership of the vehicle that brought the victim to the hospital, a red Mitsubishi Strada (plate number ZTV 539), was traced to the Trangias. Antonio Trangia was said to be an official of the Aegis Juris fraternity, which recruited Castillo. The vehicle was registered under Antonio Trangia.
Solano was the one who brought the victim to the Chinese General Hospital who claimed that he saw the victim’s body dumped at the corner of H. Lopez Boulevard and Infanta Street in Tondo on Sept. 18 and then sought help from a passing motorist to have the victim taken to the hospital.
Coronel said the Trangias are now possible suspects and face arrest.
Solano is now considered a suspect due to his allegedly conflicting statements. Police learned that he was not just a medical technologist at the San Lazaro Hospital but also a freshman law student at the UST and a member of the Aegis Juris who allegedly recruited Castillo to join the fraternity.
“As a result of our investigation, Mr. John Paul Solano together with the assistance and cooperation of Mr. Antonio Trangia and Ralph Trangia deliberately misled our investigation on the death of Horacio Castillo by providing us false and fraudulent statements concerning the delivery of Mr. Castillo in Balut, Tondo, which we feel was a cover up for the actual murder and the killing of the victim,” said Coronel. But Solano claimed he did not know the victim.
MPD also acquired CCTV footages on Dapitan Street in Sampaloc which showed Castillo walking with Solano and several others, at around 11:45 a.m. of Sept. 16, a day before he was killed.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to obtain additional information about the members of the fraternity in ILBO.
Aside from Solano and the Trangias, Coronel said there are several others still being investigated as possible suspects, along with members and officials of the Aegis Juris fraternity.
Meanwhile, Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo filed a resolution calling for the probe on Castillo’s death in a bid to amend the Anti-Hazing Law that regulates fraternity rites while Senator Manny Pacquiao called the fraternity members and killers of Castillo coward and challenged them to a duel.
Zubiri who earlier sought an inquiry on the death of Castillo also sneered at UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina’s order to suspend the fraternity members and bar them from campus. He said it is “highly suspicious” as it could give the investigators a hard time in locating the members.
Senator Chiz Escudero wanted Divina to appear in Senate hearing next week.
With Marlon Purificacion and Ryan Pacpaco