MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte wants to put an end to the culture of hazing that killed University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horatio Castillo III, the latter's parents said Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Castillo was found dead after an apparent Aegis Jvris fraternity hazing. His parents, Horacio Jr. and Carminia Castillo, met with Duterte last week.
"He (Duterte) narrated how he was in his own frat and he didn't like it na may hazing. He even contacted the police na tutukan ang case," Carminia told ANC's Karen Davila.
"The President said this has got to stop. He told us that, and hopefully this would be the last hazing," added Horacio Jr.
The President, Carminia said, promised there would no whitewash in the investigation.
Castillo's parents urged lawmakers to strengthen the Anti-Hazing Law, which they said Horatio believed could protect him from fraternity violence.
The law allows initiation rites if organizations secure a written notice from school officials 7 days before their activity. At least 2 school representatives are required to attend the rites and ensure that no violence is used.
Ever since the law was passed in 1995, 14 hazing deaths have been reported, of which only one reached conviction.
"We have to change the law, put more teeth in it," Castillo's father said.
"Maybe Horatio did make a difference, maybe because of him, all of these senseless killings would stop."