Suspect in UST student's fatal hazing goes abroad

A suspect in the death of University of Sto Tomas freshman law student Horacio Castillo III has fled the country.

Authorities have discovered that the suspect, identified as Ralph Trangia, has gone to Taiwan.

Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes says, he was informed by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that a certain Ralph Caballes Trangia flew to Taipei at 1:53 am last Tuesday on board Eva Air flight BR262.

This was a day before BI issued a lookout bulletin against 16 suspects in the killing of Castillo. 

Trangia is a member of Aegis Juris fraternity.

Together with his father, Antonio Trangia, Ralph was apparently on board the car that brought the body of Castillo to Chinese General Hospital on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

They claimed they saw Castillo lying on a pavement in Balut, Tondo.

But barangay officials in Balut said there was no body abandoned in the street on that day.

Manila Police District Director Joel Coronel says, the two Trangias are considered primary suspects in the death of Castillo, together with another fraternity member John Paul Solano.

Coronel notes, the three men apparently tried to mislead investigators by giving false statements to cover up the murder.


Topics: Castillo , hazing , UST , death
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