MANILA - (UPDATED) Horacio Castillo III, a law student at the University of Santo Tomas, succumbed to "extreme pain and suffering" in a suspected fraternity hazing that left his remains bloated and covered with bruises and burns, his father claimed Monday.
The 22-year-old student told his parents that he had been accepted to the Aegis Jvris fraternity after completing tasks like cleaning hallways and running errands for members. On Saturday, he attended the organization's welcoming rites at the UST campus, his father Horacio Castillo Jr. told ABS-CBN News.
The freshman law student never made it home.
A resident found Castillo's body dumped in a street in Balut, Tondo on the wee hours of Sunday. He was rushed to the Chinese General Hospital, but was already lifeless when he reached the hospital.
His family found him there after receiving a tip from an anonymous text message, his father said.
"Mayroon siyang mga hematoma. His body is bloated. Nakita ko, there was extensive damage in the upper arm and some burn marks, cigarette burn marks... and pinatakan ng candle wax," the elder Castillo ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."
"He went through extreme pain and suffering. I don't know why they did this when it is a legal fraternity in UST and they are lawyers," he added in a DZMM interview.
A police autopsy confirmed Castillo died of a heart attack due to "massive injury" consistent with hazing.
In tears, the elder Castillo urged his son's killers to surrender to authorities.
"Sana naman ma-konsensya sila. He was only 22 years old, he was robbed of his future. Sana lumabas na sila. Tell everything, tell the truth," he said.
The UST has condoled with Castillo's family, promising to bring to justice those behind the incident. Aegis Jvris meanwhile promised to cooperate with the probe. With Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News