MANILA - Aegis Jvris member Marc Ventura is under "extreme pressure" after revealing details of the alleged hazing of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said Tuesday.
Zubiri said the pressure on Ventura is coming from members of Aegis Jvris and the fraternity's supporters, but the frat man's lawyer refused to give more details.
"I spoke to his lawyer yesterday, he's under extreme pressure. I'm not sure if he's getting threats. But he's under the protection of the [Department of Justice], [National Bureau of Investigation] under the witness protection program," he told ANC Tuesday.
Zubiri believes the detailed testimony of Ventura will be "quite damaging" to frat men tagged in the death of Castillo as it details the torture done to the 22-year-old law freshman.
The senator said Ventura told him that, like Atio, he was also subjected to physical and mental torture when he joined Aegis Jvris, claiming he too was blindfolded and beaten black and blue.
In his affidavit, portions of which were revealed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Ventura said Castillo was punched repeatedly on the arms before he was paddled just below the buttocks.
He said Castillo was no longer responding after being paddled for the fifth time.
Despite Ventura's testimony, Senator Panfilo Lacson still questioned his credibility during yesterday's Senate hearing, asking him if he is a "Trojan horse" for Aegis Jvris.
"I'm not an angel. I'm not a saint. But I'm here to tell the truth. Only few good men can tell the truth and nothing but the truth," Ventura told Lacson.