Another haz­ing sus­pect Ralph Tran­gia re­turns to Manila

Sun.Star Baguio - - THE NATION -

RALPH Tran­gia, one of the pri­mary sus­pects in the killing of haz­ing vic­tim Ho­ra­cio Castillo III has ar­rived in the coun­try on Tues­day.

Tran­gia along with his mother Rose­marie ar­rived at the NAIA ter­mi­nal 1 in Pasay City from Taipei around 11:40 a.m. via Eva Air flight BR 271.

Op­er­a­tives from the Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) and Manila Po­lice District (MPD) awaited for the ar­rival of Tran­gia for his se­cu­rity.

“Upon Tran­gia's ar­rival at the air­port, it's the BI (Bu­reau of Im­mi­gra­tion) that has pri­mary ju­ris­dic­tion on him in lieu with the look­out bul­letin or­der is­sued by DOJ (Depart­ment of Jus­tice). But the MPD will ask him if he's will­ing to un­dergo in­ves­ti­ga­tion. If he ex­pressed will­ing­ness, he will be brought at the MPD, if not, he will be re­leased,” said MPD Di­rec­tor Joel Coronel.

How­ever, MPD chief of the homi­cide di­vi­sion Se­nior In­spec­tor Rom­mel Anicete, one of the of­fi­cials who wel­comed Tran­gia in the air­port said he will be head­ing to their home but vowed to con­tact the au­thor­i­ties re­gard­ing Castillo’s case.

He said Tran­gia is still free as ar­rest war­rant is yet to be is­sued against him.

Tran­gia was among the 18 in­di­vid­u­als fac­ing mur­der, vi­o­la­tions of Repub­lic Act 8049 or the Anti-Haz­ing Law, per­jury, ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and rob­bery in re­la­tion to the killing of Castillo who died of car­diac ar­rest sec­ondary to the in­juries he ob­tained al­legedly af­ter un­der­go­ing haz­ing.

His mother, Rose­marie, is also fac­ing ob­struc­tion of jus­tice charges af­ter she flew her son to the US two days af­ter Castillo was killed.

Tran­gia’s red Strada pick-up was re­port­edly the ve­hi­cle used to bring Castillo’s body to the Chi­nese Gen­eral Hospi­tal where he was de­clared dead on ar­rival. (SunS­tar Philip­pines/Third Anne Per­al­taMalonzo)

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