- CCTV footage showed hazing suspect together with mother inside NAIA Terminal 1
- Officials confirmed the pair went together to Chicago, Illinois
- Mother to also be held liable for aiding son’s escape, cancellation of passports sought
MANILA, Philippines – A suspect in the hazing death of UST first-year law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III has been recorded booking a flight out of the country with his mother.
A CCTV inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 was able to record Ralph Caballes Trangia and an older woman believed to be his mother at an immigration terminal at around 1:53 AM last September 19.
Noticeable uneasy, the younger Trangia can be seen looking at his surroundings a number of times while his mother fixes their papers with the immigration officer.
According to Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson Atty. Tonette Mangrobang, Trangia and his mother were able to board their flights as there had been no lookout order issued against him at the time.
“At that time, the Bureau did not have any derogatory record that could have prevented or at least delayed his departure,” she told GMA News.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) earlier confirmed Trangia took a connecting flight from Taiwan straight to the United States.
“Mr. Trangia left Manila on Sept. 19 by BR 262, transited in Taoyuan Airport and connected (via) BR56 flight for the United States on the same day,” the TECO said.
For his part, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Trangia’s mother may also be held liable for aiding in his escape.
“His mother would also face charges for playing a part in the suspect’s escape,” he explained. “Although hindi ka kasama sa isang mabigat na krimen, ito po ay kinanlong mo o hinarbor mo, ikaw po ay magiging liable din [Although you took no part in a heinous crime, but you aided or harbored the suspect, you would also become liable].”
Authorities are currently coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to have Trangia’s passport cancelled.
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