Senate panel summons Ralph Trangia, 13 others in Castillo hazing
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs issued a subpoena against 14 people implicated in the fatal hazing of 22-year-old UST law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, committee chair, posted a copy of the subpoena on his website.
Ralph Trangia, one of the suspects in the slay case, earlier flew to Chicago with his mother. The Department of Justice then placed him on the immigration lookout bulletin. Trangia and his mother have since returned to the country last week.
Trangia, a member of Aegis Juris fraternity, was the one who allegedly drove Castillo to the Chinese General Hospital Sunday morning, September 17. Castillo was declared dead on arrival at 9:21 am.
Trangia's father Antonio is the registered owner of the red Strada pickup that was used to bring Castillo to the hospital. Antonio also faces the same complaint as his son.
Aside from Trangia, the others summoned to attend the hearing on Wednesday, October 18 are:
- Arvin Balag
- Aeron Salientes
- Mhin Wei Chan
- Mark Anthony Ventura
- Oliver John Audrey Onofre
- Ranie Rafael Santiago
- Zimon Padro
- Joshua Joriel Macabali
- Karl Matthew Villanueva
- Jose Miguel Salamat
- Danielle Hans Matthew Rodrigo
- Axel Munro Hipe
- Marcelino Bagtang
They are also facing murder, robbery, and hazing charges for the death of Castillo.
The committee has also issued invitation or "notices to appear" to 14 alumni of the Aegis Juris fraternity.
- Atty. Cecilio Jimeno
- Atty. Marvi Abo
- Atty. Ferdinand Rogelio
- Atty. Edzel Canlas
- Atty. Henry Pablo
- Atty. Gaile Dante Acuzar Caraan II
- Atty. Gerald Tristan Villaroman
- Atty. Arnel Berberdo
- Atty. Allan Christopher Agati
- Atty. Alston Kevin Anarna
- Atty. Eric Fuentes
- Nathaniel Anarna Jr.
- Milfen Alvarado
- Ronald Cheng
Meanwhile, John Paul Solano, the first suspect to be identified in the case, already appeared before the Senate panel during the first hearing.
In his first statement to the Manila police, Solano said he just saw Castillo’s body dumped on a pavement in Tondo, Manila, before bringing him to the hospital. Police, however, found out this was not true as Solano. He also withheld the information that he was a member of Aegis Juris fraternity.
During the hearing, Solano said he was not present during the initiation rites of Castillo and said he was just asked to help because he had medical background.
Solano told senators that a fraternity member asked him to lie to authorities, saying he did as he was told because he was “very rattled” at the moment.
In an executive session, Solano named 7 people – 6 fraternity members and 1 non-member – linked to Castillo’s death.
The Senate earlier adopted a resolution allowing Lacson and Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon to reveal to the public the testimony of Solano. – Rappler.com