BI: UST hazing death suspect left PH

By , on September 21, 2017


Castillo III, wrapped in a blanket, was found dead by bystanders on the pavement in the streets of Manila. (Facebook photo)
Horacio “Atio” Castillo III  (Facebook photo)

Ralph Cabales Trangia, one of the suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, has fled to another country, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI Spokesperson Ma. Antonette Mangrobang said in a text message to the media that Trangia left the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for Taipei on September 19. He departed two days after Castillo III was brought to the Chinese General Hospital, aboard EVA Airways flight BR262.

However, in a text message with PhilStar.com, BI Ports Division Chief Marc Red Mariñas said that Triangia left for China instead.

In an exclusive interview with ANC, Mangrobang said, “Based on the report of our port operations division chief, it appears that he was with a female companion, presumably his mother.”

Trangia is said by the police to be the driver of the red pickup vehicle that brought Castillo’s body to the hospital.

Together with 15 more names, Trangia is included in the Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) issued by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday.

“The rest [of the suspects] appears to still be in the country or do not have enough information on their identity to ascertain if they are the same person as the one appearing in BI records,” Mangrobang said.

The ILBO includes:

  • Arvin R. Balag
  • Mhin Wei Chan
  • Marc Anthony Ventura
  • Axel Mundo Hipe
  • Oliver John Audrey Onofre
  • Joshua Joriel Macabali
  • Jason Adolfo Robiños
  • Ranie Rafael Santiago
  • Danielle Hans Mattew Rodrigo
  • Carl Mattew Villanueva
  • Aeron Salientes
  • Marcelino Bagtang
  • Zimon Padro
  • Jose Miguel Salamat
  • John Paul Solano

These persons are not barred from leaving the country though, as immigration officers were told to immediately inform the Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Prosecutor General just in case there are indicators that they are to leave the country.