'Person of interest' in killing of UST law student now a suspect

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 21, 2017

One of the three suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas law student Horacio Castillo III has left the country, the Bureau of Immigration told to Rappler on Thursday, September 21. Barangay officials, however, disputed his statements.

He departed two days after Castillo's body was brought to the Chinese General Hospital in Manila.

"But our investigation showed that Solano is a UST law student and a member of the Aegis Juris Fraternity", the police official said.

Initial investigation showed that Solano was also a law student from UST although he identified himself as a medical technologist from San Lazaro Hospital.

Coronel however said that it was not clear who was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Authorities have discovered that the suspect, identified as Ralph Trangia, has gone to Taiwan.

"The anti-hazing law provides that officers of frats or organizations are to be held liable in incidents like this because there is a possibility that even if they are not present (in the hazing rites), they have participation or knowledge in the recruitment and hazing", he said.

The MPD is now conducting a manhunt operation to capture the suspects.

Coronel, while thankful for the full cooperation of the UST administration in providing them information, requested the university to allow again the fraternity members inside the university premises to facilitate investigation.

The younger Trangia and Solano are also among 16 Aegis Juris members included in an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order issued by the Justice department. Despite laws being passed to combat the craze, cases of hazing have been cited in the deaths of other law students including 20-year-old Marc Andre, allegedly beaten to death in 2012, and 25-year-old Marvin Reglos, who was alleged to have suffered a "dreadful act of violence" (though both cases remain unresolved).

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