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UST law student's death: Main suspect has left PH

22 September 2017

Trangia, an Aegis Juris fraternity member, and two others, including fraternity member John Paul Solano, are suspects in the suspected hazing death of Horacio Castillo III.

Antonette Mangrobang said their records showed that Ralph Caballes Trangia - born on November 10, 1995 - left for Taipei, Taiwan last Tuesday on Eva Air flight BR262.

The reports quoted the Bureau of Immigration as saying a Ralph Caballes Trangia boarded Eva Flight BR262 for Taipei, which left around 1:53 a.m. Tuesday.

The red vehicle with plate number ZTV 539 which initial reports said brought Castillo to the hospital, meanwhile, has been found to be registered under one Antonio Trangia, father of Ralph, an Aegis Juris official.

In a odd twist of events, it's also come to light that the law student, John Paul Solano, who claimed to have found Castillo's body is now one of the police's "primary suspects" along with two other individuals.

Ralph Trangia, a member of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, has left the country, a day before the Department of Justice has ordered to place him and 16 others under an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order. "We hope that he is still in Taiwan", Dela Rosa said.

In view of this development, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will seek the help of the International Police (Interpol) to arrest Ralph Trangia.

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"We have witnesses who said (Castillo) was with John Paulo Solano and other officers of the fraternity when he was brought to the UST", Coronel said in a television interview. "He claimed he only found the body of the victim in the early hours of September 17 and brought him to the hospital when in fact, Solano knew the victim even before the death of Castillo".

"Our steadfast efforts to convince our brods to submit themselves to investigation bore fruition as they express their willingness to appear and submit to investigation", it said. If Trangia's passport is cancelled, he will be issued a travel document valid only for one-way travel back to Manila, said DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar.

"We await its conclusion but are pleased that the investigation is confirming what everyone already knows - the killers from the Aegis Juris fraternity, after murdering Atio, have attempted to cover-up, and have even fled or are attempting to flee from their dastardly crime", the Castillo family said in a statement.

Due to these hazing incidents, various groups have been calling for review of the 22-year-old Anti-Hazing Law which they claim as "no longer responsive and effective" in stopping fatal hazing incidents.

Frat members also exploit the fact that most new law students would like to belong to a certain organisation in law school.

At Malacañang, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said President Duterte is giving the police and other law enforcement agencies a free hand in the investigation of Castillo's death.

The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs is set to conduct an investigation into the death of Castillo on Monday.

UST law student's death: Main suspect has left PH