Freshman Law Student Horacio Castillo III Died During Fraternity Hazing

Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III, a freshman law student of the University of Santo Tomas, died on September 17, from injuries sustained in Aegis Juris Fraternity hazing initiation rites.

Medical Technologist John Paul Sarte Solano said that he found Horacio Castillo’s body lying on a pavement in the corner of H. Lopez Boulevard and Infanta Street in Balut, Tondo, Manila. Solano signals vehicles passing by the area to bring Horacio to the hospital until a red Strada stopped to help him out. It was later discovered that John Paul Solano is also a member of the Aegis Juris Fraternity. Horacio was declared dead on arrival at 9:21 am at the Chinese General Hospital. An autopsy conducted by the Manila Police District on Monday, September 18, said that the victim died of a massive heart attack.

The dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law has suspended all officers and members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity following the death of its neophyte in hazing rites. The UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean said that the members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity “would not be allowed to enter the campus of the Faculty of Civil Law, or attend classes until further notice.”

On Twitter, #JusticeforHoracio trended in the Philippines throughout Monday. On Facebook, Horacio’s friends created a Facebook page named “Hustisya Para Kay Horacio” (Justice For Horacio), where people can share pieces of information that can be crucial to discovering the freshman’s death.

A photo used by people supporting Horacio’s friends and family. Photo courtesy of Hustisya Para Kay Horacio Facebook page.

Screenshots of the alleged group conversation of seven Aegis Juris Fraternity members were posted on the Facebook page “Hustisya Para Kay Horacio”, which could provide clues to what happened on the night Horacio Tomas Castillo III was killed by hazing.

The exchanges provide specifics about the hazing rites:

Sixteen members of the fraternity were put on the immigration lookout on Wednesday, September 20. Four more were added on Friday, September 22.

“The names in the Order were provided to Undersecretary Erickson Balmes of the Department Of Justice by police investigators who were investigating the incident last night,” Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said in a statement on Wednesday.

The names on the lookout list are:

  1. Arvin Balag
  2. Mhin Wei Chan
  3. Marc Anthony Ventura
  4. Axel Munro Hipe
  5. Oliver John Audrey Onofre
  6. Joshua Joriel Macabali
  7. Jason Adolfo Robiños
  8. Ralph Trangia
  9. Ranie Rafael Santiago
  10. Danielle Hans Mattew Rodrigo
  11. Carl Mattew Villanueva
  12. Aeron Salientes
  13. Marcelino Bagtang
  14. Zimon Padro
  15. Jose Miguel Salamat
  16. John Paul Solano
  17. Ged Villanueva
  18. Milfren Alvarado
  19. Daniel Ragos
  20. Dave Felix

According to the Bureau of Immigration, one of the suspects in the death of Horacio has already left the country.

Bureau of Immigration records shows Ralph Caballes Trangia left the country on Eva Air Flight BR262 to Taipei, Taiwan last Tuesday, Sept. 19. A day before Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered immigration personnel to be on the lookout for Trangia and 15 other members of the Aegis Juris fraternity linked to Castillo’s death

The case for Horacio Castillo III’s death is still on-going. While the people responsible for the death of Horacio Castillo III are still free, justice has not been served. #JusticeForHoracio

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