‘Opponents are influential’: Castillo family reportedly threatened at UST law freshman’s wake

Image from Senator Migz Zubiri's Facebook account
  • Senator Zubiri claimed unknown persons tried to intimidate hazing victim’s father at his wake
  • He said PNP chief dispatched several plainclothes police afterwards to prevent similar incidents
  • He also said they have to be careful as suspects come from influential families

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Miguel “Migz” Zubiri said some unknown persons reportedly tried to harass and intimidate the family of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo at his wake.

“Noong isang araw, may dumating ditong ‘di nila kilala, parang sina-psychological ano si Tito, ‘yung tatay ni Atio. Sinabihan siya na medyo siga, ang dating na ‘Eh ano, anong plano niyo ngayon?’” he told ABS-CBN.

[The other day, someone they didn’t know went here, they looked as if they were trying to scare Tito, Atio’s father. He was told in a rather rough way, akin to ‘So, what do you intend to do with your plan?’]

Zubiri, a family friend of the Castillos, said PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa dispatched several policemen to the wake afterwards to prevent similar incidents.

“Kaagad-agad nagpadala siya ng pulis dito, plainclothes na policemen. In cases like this kasi, ‘di mo maiiwasan na may mapikon din sa ‘yo,” he said.

[He immediately sent police here in plainclothes. In cases like this, you really can’t avoid those who might get upset.]

The senator, who has been batting for amendments to the country’s anti-hazing law to totally outlaw the practice, also urged the Castillos to be careful as their opponents come from influential families.

“Siyempre although biktima ang pamilya ni Horacio Castillo, ang problema ang kaaway nila medyo influential, ma-impluwensiya. So we have to be cautious at all times,” he said.

[Of course while the Horacio Castillo’s family might be victims, the problem is their opponents are somewhat influential. So, we have to be cautious at all times.]