MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Taiwanese authorities said on Friday, September 22, that one of the 3 suspects in the killing University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio Castillo III “did not enter Taiwan,” contrary to earlier reports.
Ralph Cabales Trangia, a suspect in Castillo’s death and an officer of UST’s Aegis Juris fraternity, was a transit passenger, and “went to Chicago, USA via Taoyuan International Airport by BR56 on September 19, 2017,” according to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.
In a statement Friday evening,TECO said Trangia “was only one of the millions of transit passengers who had passed through Taiwan’s busy airport and departed for North America.”
“At this point in time, TECO does not know Mr Trangia’s current whereabouts,” Taiwan said.
Philippine immigration records earlier showed that Trangia left Manila for Taipei on Tuesday, September 19, on Eva Air Flight BR262.
Trangia left the Philippines a day before he and his father, Antonio Trangia, were named by the Manila Police District as suspects in the death Castillo, who allegedly died due to hazing by the Aegis Juris Fraternity.
Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy urged some 12,684 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Chicago and the Midwest states to report to US law enforcement authorities should they see Trangia.
“It is their civic duty to help seek justice for Atio Castillo and help US and Philippie law enforcement authorities find the suspect, Ralph Trangia, who first flew to Taiwan and then to Chicago,” said Dy in a statement.
The lawmaker also called on the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs to cancel the passports of all the suspects behind Castillo’s killing.
“The movements of these suspects in the tortuous hazing of Castillo must be severely curtailed so that they can be found and arrested. They must not be allowed to elude arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of our laws,” said Dy.
On Friday, John Paul Solano, the primary suspect in Castillo’s death, surrendered to Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Solano was the one who brought Castillo to the Chinese General Hospital after fraternity brothers involved in the hazing contacted him. Ralph Cabales Trangia drove the two to the hospital on a red Strada pickup. The vehicle was registered in the name of Antonio Trangia. – Rappler.com