Hazing suspect was trying to escape, says Atio's parents

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2017 09:45 AM | Updated as of Oct 11 2017 09:54 AM

MANILA - The parents of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo III believe suspect Ralph Trangia was trying to escape when he and his mother went to the United States following the incident.

This, after the camp of Trangia said the Aegis Jvris fratman tagged in the hazing death of the 22-year-old neophyte had no intent to flee since he had a return ticket when he flew to Chicago.

"He's trying to escape. You can buy a ticket but you must have a return date. You cannot buy a ticket one way. I don't know his plans but clearly he's trying to escape," Carminia Castillo told ANC Wednesday.

"It's just because of pressure put on the family... I think that's the reason why he returned," added Horacio Jr.

Trangia left for Chicago last September 19, just 2 days after Castillo died of injuries allegedly sustained in Aegis Jvris initiation rites.

He returned to the Philippines yesterday after the government reportedly planned to revoke his passport.

Atio's parents are hoping Trangia reveals everything he knows about the incident as they believe the fratman was present in the hazing. They noted Trangia's car was used to transfer Castillo's body to the hospital.

Asked if they will be open to any compromise from the camp of Trangia, Atio's dad said: "If he wants to tell all? We would listen first to what he has to say. He must be charged."

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier offered witness protection to Trangia, who is facing charges for murder, robbery and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law. The camp of Trangia initially declined the offer saying they have to study the case first.