MANILA - The mother of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo III is open to the possibility of suspect Ralph Trangia becoming a witness, if this would help unravel the truth.
Carmina Castillo said she is hoping Trangia and his mom Rosemarie, who just returned to the Philippines Tuesday after weeks of staying in the United States amid a police manhunt, will tell everything they know about the incident.
"Depende kay Secretary. We welcome that kung meron siyang masasabi sa decision to our case at makamit ang justice sa anak ko, okay," she told ABS-CBN News in a phone interview.
Castillo was reacting to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II's statement that his office is ready to offer witness protection to Trangia, who was charged with murder, violation of the Anti-Hazing Law and robbery in connection to Atio's death.
"While he may be a suspect as of the moment, depending on what he will tell our investigators, he could be a potential witness," said Aguirre.
Trangia's mom, meanwhile, was charged with obstruction of justice. They fled to Chicago last September 19, 2017 just before the Department of Justice issued a lookout bulletin.
"Mabuti nakabalik na sila. Sana they can come out and shed light kung ano nangyari sa anak ko. Kasi we want answers e. Sana makatulong sila na sabihin ano talaga nangyari and face their charges also," said Atio's mom.
She also urged other members of the Aegis Jvris fraternity tagged in the hazing to come out and shed light on her son's death.
"Clearly namatay ang anak ko because of hazing. They cannot deny that. Lumabas na kayo para gumaan na lahat ng mga pamilya ninyo. Lahat naman kayo may pinagdadaanan, kami rin may pinagdadaanan," she said.