'Unimaginable': Castillo family remember Atio on first All Souls' Day


Posted at Oct 31 2017 05:54 PM

MANILA- "Unimaginable."

This was how the parents of slain law freshman Horacio Castillo III described their first All Souls' Day since the hazing death of their son.

Horacio Jr and Carminia Castillo on Tuesday visited their son's grave at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.

"Two months ago magkakasama pa kami, we were living normally. Who would imagine?...we would be here and wala na yung anak namin," the slain student's father told reporters.

(Two months ago we were still together...Our son is gone.)

A University of Santo Tomas student, the 22-year-old Castillo passed away at the Chinese General Hospital on Sept.17 after he allegedly went through fatal hazing rites under the Aegis Jvris fraternity.

His death has again put the spotlight on fraternities and their culture of hazing, prompting a Senate inquiry. 

Carminia meanwhile said she is confident that justice will be served for her slain son.

"At the end of this, I am confident that we will get justice. They can throw whatever they want, but alam ko yung totoo..." she said.

Several Aegis Jvris fraternity members are facing charges of murder, violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 8049 (Anti-Hazing Law), perjury, robbery, and obstruction of justice for Castillo's death. 

Also charged were UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, an Aegis Jvris member, and trustees of the fraternity. -with a report from Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News