MANILA - A member of the Aegis Jvris fraternity on Friday surfaced and gave his statement to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regarding the death of Horacio Castillo III, a University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman allegedly killed in initiation rites over the weekend.
The member, whose identity was withheld, submitted himself to investigators after initially communicating with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. He was referred to the NBI Death Investigation division.
Accompanied by his lawyer, the fraternity member refused a media interview but insisted he was not present during Castillo's initiation rites.
Castillo, 22, died due to massive injuries consistent with hazing, according to an autopsy report.
Another supposed fraternity member, John Paul Solano, surrendered to police Friday afternoon, after first presenting himself to Sen. Panfilo Lacson through UST Civil Law dean Nilo Divina.
Solano was among those who rushed Castillo early Sunday to the Chinese General Hospital, where he was declared dead upon arrival.
A UST law student and a part-time medical technologist, Solano was later on tagged as a primary suspect in Castillo's death after police supposedly found inconsistencies in his testimony. - with a report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News