First year law student dead after alleged law society initiation


One of the suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III due to alleged hazing has left the country for Taipei, Taiwan, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) confirmed on Thursday.

Trangia is one of 16 people who have been placed under Immigration's Lookout Bulletin Order issued by Aguirre on Wednesday.

Immigration records show Ralph Trangia left the country on a flight headed for Taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Ralph was among the three principal suspects identified by the Manila Police District in relation to the hazing death of the Castillo.

Trangia, along with his father Antonio and another UST law student, John Paul Solano, are the subjects of a police manhunt.

A case must be filed before the court before Trangia's passport could be cancelled by the Department of Foreign Affairs, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.

Among them was John Paul Solano, the person who claimed to have found Castillo wrapped in a blanket on a pavement in Balut, Tondo, Manila, and brought him to the hospital.

Philip Beltran, a security guard at the Chinese General Hospital, told police he saw Solano with the driver of the red Strada.

He said he also welcomed the lifting of the suspension of the members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity by UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, which he said had earlier hampered their investigation of the case.

"We are asking the DFA to immediately cancel the passport of Ralph and we already coordinated with the Interpol to locate him", said the MPD director, Chief Supt.

In February of the same year, Marvin Reglos, 25, also a law freshman at San Beda College also died after allegedly sustaining injuries during hazing rites of Lambda Rho Beta in Antipolo City.

Meanwhile, 16 individuals are now being considered as persons of interest in connection with Castillo's death.

The fraternity office is on Dapitan Street near the University of Santo Tomas (UST), where the Aegis Juris is a recognized fraternity.

In 2016, Anicete said, Ralph Trangia was "involved in a rumble" between Aegis Juris and members of another fraternity in UST. "If that (Chicago) is the final destination, we don't have a record of that", she said.

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

"If in the course of the recruitment activity of any fraternity, sorority or other student organization, death results from hazing or initiation rites, the VACC recommends that such organization be banned from operating", said Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), in a statement. "Do not turn your back on this problem because this already happened", he added.

A Senate inquiry on Castillo's death has already been set for September 25 for the goal of amending or repealing the 22-year-old Anti-Hazing Law.