MANILA - Senator Grace Poe on Monday asked members of the Aegis Jvris fraternity to return the belongings of slain law freshman Horacio Castillo III supposedly in their possession.
Poe questioned frat member Jose Miguel Salamat on where Castillo's phone was after it became apparent in a message thread revealed in the last hearing that he had the 22-year-old's phone when it received phone calls and text messages from his parents.
"Your honor, if I answer that, that will show that I am already complicit to the crime of obstruction of justice. I am invoking my right against self-incrimination," said Salamat.
Castillo's mother, Carminia, had asked the fraternity members to return her son's belongings in a previous hearing, saying: "You have his phone, bring it back. You have his eyeglasses, you have his watch, bring it back. Those are important to us."
Poe urged the fraternity members to heed the mother's plea and return the items, anonymously if they want to.
"Hindi ko alam paano niyo gagawin ito: ang hinihiling lang ng mga magulang, maibalik lang yung mga kagamitan niya. Maiintindihan natin yun. Siguro kung hindi man ikaw, kung sinoman, basta na lang pwedeng may regalo sa kanila. Padala na ninyo," she said.
The younger Castillo was found dead by his parents a morgue in Manila last September 18, hours after he asked permission to attend the welcome rites of Aegis Jvris.
Criminal charges have been filed against several Aegis Jvris fratmen, including John Paul Solano, who allegedly brought Atio to the hospital. Also charged was UST Faculty of Civil Law dean Nilo Divina.