Aegis Jvris leader to remain in Senate custody: Lacson

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2017 04:55 PM

Aegis Jvris fraternity member Arvin Balag attends the senate inquiry on the death of UST Law student Horacio Castillo III. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

MANILA - Aegis Jvris leader Arvin Balag will remain in the Senate's custody, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Monday during the resumption of the hearing on the hazing death of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III. 

Lacson, chair of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said he was inclined to discuss with other senators the lifting of contempt charges against Balag until he learned about the frat man's petition challenging his detention. 

"Before this hearing, I was inclined to talk to my colleagues to lift the contempt charges para ma-release ka na. But then you filed a petition for certiorari with prayer for TRO. Nobody wants to lose by default. We want to fight it out in the Supreme Court," the senator told Balag.

Balag was cited in contempt during the Senate hearing last October for refusing to answer questions and repeatedly invoking his right against self-incrimination. 

The Aegis Jvris frat man apologized to the senators during Monday's hearing. He also finally answered the question Senator Grace Poe asked him last month about his position in the fraternity.

"First of all I, would like to apologize for what happened in the last hearing. It was never my intention to disrespect this committee... As to the question pa last time about the presidency in Aegis Jvris, I was not the incumbent president. I ceased to be an officer last August 2017," he said.

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.