DNA SAM­PLES TAKEN FROM ATIO'S PAR­ENTS

Tempo - - Front Page - By JAIMIE ROSE R. ABERIA JEF­FREY G. DAMICOG

The par­ents of haz­ing vic­tim Ho­ra­cio “Atio” Castillo III yes­ter­day gave dioxyri­bonu­cleic acid (DNA) sam­ples to the Manila Po­lice District (MPD) for com­par­i­son with the pieces of ev­i­dence found dur­ing the search at Aegis Juris fra­ter­nity li­brary in Sam­paloc, Manila Thurs­day.

The par­ents of haz­ing vic­tim Ho­ra­cio “Atio” Castillo III gave yes­ter­day DNA sam­ples to the Manila Po­lice District (MPD) for com­par­i­son with the pieces of ev­i­dence found dur­ing the search at Aegis Juris fra­ter­nity li­brary in Sam­paloc, Manila, Thurs­day.

MPD Di­rec­tor Chief Supt. Joel Coronel said Ho­ra­cio Jr. and Carminia un­der­went DNA, blood and fiber trace ex­am­i­na­tions and fin­ger­print­ing.

Coronel also said he gave the par­ents an up­date on their search.

“We in­formed them of the sta­tus of the search op­er­a­tions in the fra­ter­nity li­brary and we told them what par­tic­u­lar items and ob­jects we have re­cov­ered,” Coronel said.

He said they also showed them ob­jects for their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, but did not con­firm if the par­ents pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied the be­long­ings of their son.

Asked if they would also get sam­ples from John Paul Solano, one of the pri­mary sus­pects, Coronel said he will leave it to the de­ci­sion of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice and his lawyers.

“That de­pends on the co­op­er­a­tion he will ex­tend to this in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

MPD spokesper­son Er­win Mar­garejo ear­lier con­firmed that joint op­er­a­tives of the Homi­cide Sec­tion, Scene of the Crime Op­er­a­tives (SOCO), and District Spe­cial Op­er­a­tion Unit found sub­stan­tial foren­sic and ob­ject ev­i­dence in­side the li­brary, be­lieved to be the site of Atio’s haz­ing rites.

A source, how­ever, said among the ev­i­dence found by po­lice were pad­dles, rugs, and bot­tles of al­co­hol.

Univer­sity of Santo To­mas (UST) Fac­ulty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Div­ina, on the other hand, said he is con­sid­er­ing re­sign­ing from the fra­ter­nity to ex­press his feel­ings and stand against vi­o­lence.

“It’s con­trary to what I be­lieve in, con­trary to what I stand for. I’m a man of peace,” Div­ina said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view. “I am against vi­o­lence and I at­tend mass ev­ery day.”

Coronel said Div­ina is also a sub­ject of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and that he is co­op­er­at­ing with au­thor­i­ties.

“We are sched­uled to meet him and other mem­bers of the UST fac­ulty con­cern­ing this mat­ter,” Coronel said.

GOV’T PRO­TEC­TION

Mean­while, Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II said the fam­ily of Castillo can be placed un­der the pro­tec­tive cov­er­age of the Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram (WPP).

“Any­body na gus­tong mag­pailalim sa pro­tec­tive cov­er­age ng WPP ay pag-aar­alan natin ‘yan and, if qual­i­fied, ibibi­gay natin,” Aguirre said.

The sec­re­tary said he learned from a rel­a­tive of the fam­ily that they are con­cerned about their per­sonal safety but de­clined to give more de­tails.

“Meron daw sinasabi nung isang ka­mag-anak nila ayaw ko na lang sabi­hin,” he said.

Aguirre met the Castillo fam­ily on Thurs­day and has set them up to meet Pres­i­dent this Oc­to­ber 4.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II said the fam­ily of haz­ing vic­tim Ho­ra­cio To­mas “Atio” Castillo III can be placed un­der the pro­tec­tive cov­er­age of the Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram (WPP).

“Any­body na gus­tong mag­pailalim sa pro­tec­tive cov­er­age ng WPP ay pag-aar­alan natin ‘yan and, if qual­i­fied, ibibi­gay natin,” Aguirre said.

The sec­re­tary said he learned from a rel­a­tive of the fam­ily that they are con­cerned about their per­sonal safety but de­clined to give more de­tails.

“Meron daw sinasabi nung isang ka­mag-anak nila ayaw ko na lang sabi­hin,” he said.

Aguirre met the Castillo fam­ily on Thurs­day and has set them up to meet Pres­i­dent this Oct. 4.

(Mark Bal­mores)

NA­TIONAL Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice chief Di­rec­tor Os­car Al­bay­alde (cen­ter) speaks as mem­bers of the NCRPO Re­gional Pub­lic Safety Bat­tal­ion come face-to-face with re­lieved mem­bers of the Caloocan City po­lice at the North­ern Po­lice District head­quar­ters in Caloocan. Story on Page 3.

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