Atio's mom debunks slay suspect's claim hazing didn't cause death

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 01 2017 10:19 AM

MANILA - The mother of slain UST law school freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III slammed Wednesday the claims of an Aegis Jvris fraternity member that a pre-existing heart condition caused Castillo's death.

Speaking to DZMM, Carminia Castillo said the body of Atio bore obvious marks of hazing. She said the suspects should read the
histopathology report that confirms the hazing of her son.

"Puro pasâ 'yung braso niya. Obviously, para na siyang nabugbog nun e. Physical evidence na lang, alam mo nang na-hazing siya. 'Yun, di na nila puwedeng i-deny 'yun," she said.

Arvin Balag, the leader of Aegis Jvris fraternity, and his brod, John Paul Solano, both said in their counter-affidavits that Atio may have died of a pre-existing heart disease, and not hazing.

Balag said Atio's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, based on a official medico legal report, could have triggered the neophyte's cardiac arrest.

"Atio's medical report did not make any finding that Atio died of cardiac arrest due to hazing. There is absolutely no finding in the medico legal report regarding the cause of death of Atio," he said.

Fratman Mark Ventura, who said he was present at Castillo's "final rites" at the frat library in Sampaloc, said it was Balag who delivered the fatal blow to the neophyte.

An autopsy had earlier found that Castillo died of massive injuries consistent with hazing when he went through the fraternity's final initiation rites in September.

Yesterday, the parents of Atio marked Undas for the first time without their son.

"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, Horacio Jr., told reporters.