THE parents of hazing death victim UST freshman law student Horacio Tomas ‘Atio’ Castillo III expressed optimism that Ralph Trangia, tagged as one of the possible suspects in the case and also an officer of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, would be able to shed light on the said incident.
Horacio Jr. and Carminia Castillo made this pronouncement as they reserved comments on the possibility of Trangia being accepted to the Witness Protection Program, saying it will all depend on what he has to say about the case.
“He can face his charges. He can tell us the truth kung ano talaga ang nangyari sa anak namin para we can all know what happened. Makita natin ’yung katotohanan,” Carminia told an interview.
“Depende po sa statement niya. What he has to say. Dapat mayroong substance ’yung kanyang sasabihin. So, dapat may new leads. Dapat ma-identify talaga who are the guilty ones. If he wants to tell all, we would listen first to what he has to say. He must be charged,” Horacio Jr. said.
The Castillos, meantime, expressed dismay that the other suspects remain at large.
Manila Police District spokesperson Supt. Erwin Margarejo said the MPD continues monitoring to locate the suspects.
It was learned that of the 18 persons tagged as suspects, only two have so far surfaced. They are John Paul Solano, who was seen via CCTV as among those who took the victim to the Chinese General Hospital, and Trangia, whose father owned the red Strada used in taking the victim to the hospital and who returned home before the government could cancel his passport to cause his deportation from the US, where he flew two days after Horacio’s death.
Solano was allowed to go free by the Department of Justice (DoJ) while he is undergoing preliminary investigation.
Margarejo said they are no longer expecting Trangia to give any statement to the police since a case had been filed against him before the DoJ.