Aegis Jvris leader refuses to answer questions, cited for contempt

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2017 12:11 PM

MANILA - The Senate panel probing the hazing death of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III cited the leader of the Aegis Jvris fraternity in contempt after he repeatedly refused to answer questions during Wednesday's hearing.

Senator Grace Poe moved to cite Arvin Balag in contempt after he refused to confirm if he is the president of Aegis Jvris.

"With all due respect, I invoke my right [against] self-incrimination," he said, adding there is already a pending case against him.

"Ni pagiging miyembro di mo aaminin? Anong klase ng lider ka ng fraternity? Mga kasamahan sa fraternity, ito ang lider niyo o," said Poe.

Senator Panfilo Lacson warned Balag that he can be detained if he refuses to answer a simple question and even gave the frat man a few more chances to answer. Balag, however, refused to budge. 

The move to cite Balag in contempt was quickly seconded by the other senators. "Sergeant-at-arms, after this hearing, you place him under detention," ordered Lacson. 

Based on suspect John Paul Solano's testimony, it was Balag who gave the order to Solano to bring Castillo to the Chinese General Hospital instead of the nearer University of Santo Tomas hospital.

Solano also said Balag told him to lie to hospital staff and say he found Castillo's body in Tondo. The suspect added that Balag told frat members to deactivate their Facebook accounts.