The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against some members of Aegis Juris fraternity who are now considered as persons of interest in the hazing-related killing of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) freshman law student Horacio “Atio” Tomas Castillo III.
In a three-page memorandum, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issued a lookout order to the Bureau of Immigration against 17 individuals namely Arvin R. Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Marc Anthony Ventura, Axel Mundo Hipe, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Jason Adolfo Robiños, Ralph Trangia, Ranie Rafael Santiago, Danielle Hans, Mattew Rodrigo, Carl Mattew Villanueva, Aeron Salientes, Marcelino Bagtang, Zimon Padro, Jose Miguel Salamat, and John Paul Solano.
Aguirre call upon the 17 members of Aegis Juris to show up and clear their names.
“I call upon the persons named in the ILBO or anyone who has knowledge of what happened to Mr. Horacio Tomas Castillo III, to come forward and to clear their names and share what they know,” Aguirre said.
John Paul Solano who brought Castillo to Chinese General Hospital is also considered as a person of interest after it was found out the Solano is also a member of the fraternity.
Manila Police District director Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel said that they found Solano’s statement ‘inconsistent’.
In Solano’s statement, he said that he was buying a cigarette when he found Atio lying on the pavement in the corner of H. Lopez Boulevard and Infanta Street in Balut, Tondo, Manila.
“So far his statement is inconsistent with testimonies and observations given by barangay officials,” the police official said.
Earlier, senators condemned the death of Castillo.
On Wednesday, Senator Bam Aquino has filed a resolution to probe the death of the UST student and called on the authorities to investigate the heinous case.
In his Senate Resolution No. 510, Sen. Bam said that the probe will focus on giving more teeth to Republic Act No. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law to keep it abreast with the changing times.
“There is a need to improve the existing mechanisms for the deterrence of hazing-related crimes,” Aquino said.
“There should be no place in our society for violence and cruelty,” he added.