MANILA - The family of law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III on Thursday said members of the Aegis Jvris fraternity will face justice.
This, after one of the three primary suspects in Castillo's hazing left the country on Tuesday morning.
"We await its conclusion but are pleased that the investigation is confirming what everyone already knows - the killers from the Aegis Juris fraternity, after murdering Atio, have attempted to cover-up, and have even fled or are attempting to flee from their dastardly crime," the Castillo family said in a statement.
"Sooner than later, with everybody's help, we pray that the eyes of truth and arms of the law will catch up with them," they added.
Ralph Trangia, an officer of the Aegis Jvris fraternity tagged in Castillo's death, left for Taiwan a day before the Department of Justice placed him and 15 others on immigration watchlist.
A case must be filed before the court before Trangia's passport could be cancelled by the Department of Foreign Affairs, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.
He added that two witnesses have come forward to the department.
"Mayroon pong alam 'yung pumunta sa’min sa DOJ but 'yun pong mismong witness, parang sinasabi nating eyewitness or involved dun, ay hindi pa po pumupunta sa’min, binigyan lamang po kami ng telepono where he could be contacted," Aguirre said.
Meanwhile, the man who allegedly found Castillo on a sidewalk in Tondo and brought him to a hospital turned out to be John Paul Solano, a member of the Aegis Jvris fraternity.
Solano is now among primary suspects in the killing.
The family also thanked the police who are investigating Atio's death and the lawmakers who have called for a probe.
"During this extremely painful time in our lives, we are hopeful that our quest for justice is progressing and, day by day, the investigation is closing in on all the Aegis Juris killers responsible for this atrocity," they said.
The Aegis Jvris fraternity meanwhile made the assurance that its members allegedly involved in the fatal hazing are willing to cooperate in the investigation.
"Our steadfast efforts to convince our brods to submit themselves to investigation bore fruition as they express their willingness to appear and submit to investigation," Aegis Jvris said in a statement.