Hazing suspect Trangia refuses protective custody, goes home

Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2017 04:34 PM

MANILA - Aegis Jvris fraternity member Ralph Trangia, one of the suspects in the hazing death of law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III, refused government's offer of protective custody and opted instead to go home after returning to the Philippines Tuesday.

Trangia, who faces criminal charges for Castillo's death, and his mother Rosemarie had a meeting with the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the Manila Police District (MPD), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and personnel from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Witness Protection Program after they arrived in Manila from the United States earlier in the day.

The family was given a chance to speak with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, who earlier offered the suspect witness protection. Authorities also offered custody and security for the family. 

The Trangias, who had stayed in the United States after leaving Manila on Sept. 19 amid a police manhunt, respectfully declined these offers and decided to to talk to their own legal counsel before going home.

The MPD earlier explained that Trangia, who is facing charges of murder, robbery and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law, was not arrested upon arrival because his case is still up for preliminary investigation before the DOJ and has yet to be elevated to court.

Trangia is set to answer the charges filed by the MPD and the supplemental complaint filed by lawyer Lorna Kapunan, counsel for the Castillo family. 

Police earlier traced to Trangia's father Antonio the Mitsubishi Strada used to rush Castillo to the Chinese General Hospital on Sept. 17, after the 22-year-old Aegis Jvris neophyte suffered a heart attack following initiation rites.