Atio’s aunt laments nephew’s death, calls perpetrators ‘animals’

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2017 07:30 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2017 08:13 PM

MANILA—The sight of her nephew’s badly beaten body lying in a morgue gave Rita Castillo sleepless nights, so much so she could not believe how fraternity men preaching the value of brotherhood could do something like that to him.

Horacio Castillo III, 22, was found dead Sunday in a suspected case of hazing by the Aegis Juris fraternity, prompting senators to push for a stronger anti-hazing law.

“Nakita ko iyong injury that he suffered. Hindi ko maisip kung ano itong mga animal na ito. Anong ginawa nila sa nephew ko?” Rita Castillo told reporters.

“I can’t sleep thinking na ano’ng feeling noong pamangkin ko habang binubugbog siya. Nagmamakaawa ba? Sumisigaw ba siya? ’Pag sumigaw ba siya, dapat bugbugin pa siya uli?”

Rita Castillo and the victim’s younger sister, Nicole, on Wednesday met with senators, who vowed to seek justice for Horacio.

The Senate public-order committee will investigate the killing on Monday.

“Sana po may mangyari sa kasong ito at makulong habang buhay ang kumuha sa buhay ng pamangkin ko,” Rita Castillo said.

She said her nephew’s death should finally put a stop to fraternity hazing “so that no other family will suffer in the future.”

Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, a long-time classmate of the victim's father, gave an impassioned privilege speech on Wednesday, calling for a total ban on hazing.

"No wonder the culture of violence never ends in our country as those who swear an oath to defend our laws are the very same ones who commit the violence," Zubiri said.