Hazing suspect Ralph Trangia returns to Manila from US

(UPDATED) Ralph Trangia, one of the primary suspects in the fatal hazing of University of Santo Tomas (US) law student Horacio Castillo III, returned to Manila on Tuesday, October 10, from the United States.

Trangia and his mother, Rosemarie, left for the US on September 18, a day before the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an immigration lookout bulletin order against hazing suspects, mostly members of the university-based Aegis Juris Fraternity.

As soon as he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque City around noon, security personnel took custody of him and brought him to the National Bureau of Investigation.

Trangia is facing murder and torture charges filed by the parents of Castillo who was killed during an initiation ceremony of the Aegis Juris Fraternity.

Trangia's mother is also facing obstruction of justice complaint, while his father, Antonio, is a co-respondent in the cases filed against at least 20 suspects in the fatal hazing of the freshman law student.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Trangia could be a potential witness in Castillo's case "depending on what he will tell our investigators."

"I encourage Mr. Trangia and his family to fully cooperate, to tell the truth and, as a future lawyer, to work for justice," he said.

Aguirre said the government is willing to offer the DOJ's Witness Protection Program to the Trangia family. (SunStar Philippines)