'Atio' wanted to be president, says father; traces roots to Rizal, Malvar


Posted at Oct 18 2017 05:11 PM

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The father of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo III on Wednesday traced his roots back to national heroes General Miguel Malvar and Dr. Jose Rizal

Horatio Castillo Jr. said Malvar, the last general who surrendered to US forces during the Filipino-American war for independence, was his great-great-grandfather. 

He added that he is also descended from the youngest sister of Rizal, Soledad. 

Castillo added that his father had survived the Bataan Death March as an officer of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), which fought the Japanese during World War II. 

"Because of this siguro, Atio was inclined to be of service," Castillo said.

The grieving father earlier said his 22-year-old son wanted to be a lawyer then senator and president of the country. 

Atio, a law freshman at University of Santo Tomas, died of massive injuries after an apparent hazing at the hands of Aegis Juris fratmen last September. 

His death has sparked separate House and Senate inquiries seeking to overhaul the Anti-Hazing Law. 

-- ANC, 18 October 2017