- Solon urged Chicago-based Filipinos to help nab suspect in UST law freshman’s hazing death
- She said it is their civic duty to help find and catch him
- She also urged authorities to hasten the cancellation of passports of all suspects involved in in case
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has urged Filipinos based in Chicago to help catch one of the suspects tagged in the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
According to Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, it is the civic duty of Filipinos there to help track down and apprehend Ralph Trangia after it was confirmed he boarded a flight bound to that city.
“It is their civic duty to help seek justice for Atio Castillo and help US and Philippine law enforcement authorities find the suspect, Ralph Trangia, who first flew to Taiwan and then to Chicago,” Rappler quoted her as saying.
Authorities said that Trangia –a member of Aegis Juris fraternity– and his mother took a flight to Taiwan last September 19, and from there boarded a plane bound to Chicago.
“At that time, the Bureau did not have any derogatory record that could have prevented or at least delayed his departure,” Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Atty. Tonette Mangrobang said.
Taiwan’s de facto embassy to the Philippines, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) also confirmed that Trangia briefly transited their country en route to the United States.
Aside from Trangia, Dy also wants the passports of the suspects in Castillo’s death to be cancelled to deny them a means of escaping outside the country.
“The movements of these suspects in the tortuous hazing of Castillo must be severely curtailed so that they can be found and arrested. They must not be allowed to elude arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of our laws,” she said.
Law enforcement officials are currently coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the cancellation of Trangia’s passport.