Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has asked a fratman who returned to the Philippines to turn state witness in the death of hazing victim Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III.
Aegis Juris fraternity member Ralph Trangia, a law student of the University of the Sto. Tomas, arrived today in the Philippines after fleeing to the United States on September 18.
Ralph Trangia, one of the suspects in the death of hazing victim Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on Tuesday, October 10.
“I encourage Mr. Trangia and his family to fully cooperate, to tell the truth and, as a future lawyer, to work for justice,” urged Aguirre in a statement.
With this, the secretary reiterated “the DOJ’s invitation to anyone who knows anything about what happened to Mr. Atio Castillo to come forward and to tell the truth.”
“Those who do will find the truth liberating, you cannot live in lies and untruth forever. We are waiting for you,” the DOJ (Department of Justice) chief said..
Trangia has been named as one of the respondents in the criminal complaints filed by the Atio’s parents–Horacio Jr. and Carmina–and the Manila Police District (MPD) before the DOJ.
“While he may be a suspect as of the moment, depending on what he will tell our investigators, he could be a potential witness,” Aguirre said.
“And for this reason, the DOJ offers to him and to his family, the protection of our Witness Protection Program (WPP),” he added.