MANILA - The parents of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo III on Wednesday shared how hard it is to cope with the loss of their son while facing challenges in their quest for justice.
In an interview with ANC Headstart, Horacio Jr. and Carminia Castillo could not hold back their tears as they recalled their son's daily routines at home.
"It's very hard to cope with the fact that he's gone. The moment you go home, he's not there. You look for him, he's not there," said Atio's father.
"We wait for him, he's not there. We have to live with the fact that we're not going to see him for the rest of our lives. It hurts so much," added her mother.
Horacio Jr. said he misses how his son used to go to their room in the morning to tell them his stories about school. Atio, a University of Santo Tomas law freshman, was always busy with his studies at night.
Atio's parents are hoping Aegis Jvris fratmen who were present during the hazing incident will come out. They said they are satisfied with the help of the government, particularly the police, in the case.
"We're very hopeful [the suspects will come out]. That's human nature. When you see people suffering and you want somehow to help people lighten the burden," said Horacio Jr.
"Me and Mimi, we've been hurting everyday. Show some compassion for our son. Give him the justice he deserves," he said, calling out to those present in the hazing incident.
The Castillos have already filed charges in connection with the hazing death of their son against at least 40 Aegis Jvris members. Suspects John Paul Solano and Ralph Trangia are set to answer charges for murder, robbery and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law.
The Castillos have also filed charges against UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, who is also an Aegis Jvris member.