MANILA - The mother of law student Horacio Castillo III on Tuesday urged members of University of Santo Tomas (UST) fraternity Aegis Jvris to tell her how her son died.
"Sabihin nila sa 'kin kung papaano namatay anak ko. Kung umiiyak ba siya, kung ano yung nangyayari sa kanya. Gusto ko malaman yun kasi wala ako dun eh. Gusto ko malaman kung paano siya namatay, paano nila pinatay," Carmina Castillo said at her son's wake at the Sanctuario De San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City.
Horacio was a good child who always told her of his whereabouts, according to Carmina.
"Mabait ang anak ko. He never gave me a problem. Lagi siyang nagsasabi kung nasaan siya. Lagi siyang nag-goodnight sa akin. Mabait siya. He doesn't deserve this world. Masyado siyang mabait. Ayun, gusto kong malaman kung paano siya namatay," she said.
Carmina called on the university to serve justice for her son.
"Tulungan nila kami. And then pare-pareho naman silang taga- UST para malaman ko kung sino pumatay sa anak ko. I want justice for my son," she said.
UST condoled with Castillo's family and has pledged to bring to justice those behind the incident.
"We express our profound sympathy and offer our prayers to his family for their pain and anguish--- a pain that we share seeing that the life of our very own student, with all of its aspirations and potentials, taken away because of a senseless act," the university said in a statement.
The Aegis Jvris fraternity, likewise, promised to "extend its utmost cooperation" in the investigation.
An autopsy report by the police confirmed Horacio died of a cardiac arrest due to massive injuries consistent with hazing.
Horacio's body was allegedly found dumped in a street in Balut, Tondo. The student was brought to the Chinese General Hospital, but was discovered already lifeless.
Castillo's family found his body at the hospital early Monday after receiving a tip from an anonymous text message. --Report from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News