PNP: It’s Atio’s DNA on frat’s pad­dle

The Philippine Star - - METRO - By EM­MANUEL TUPAS With Ghio Ong

The body flu­ids on a wooden pad­dle re­cov­ered at the Aegis Ju­ris fra­ter­nity li­brary in Manila matched the DNA sam­ples of the par­ents of slain law stu­dent Ho­ra­cio “Atio” Castillo III, the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Crime Lab­o­ra­tory said yes­ter­day.

Chief In­spec­tor Lorna San­tos, who heads the Crime Lab­o­ra­tory’s DNA sec­tion, said the flu­ids matched buc­cal swabs from the vic­tim’s par­ents, Ho­ra­cio Castillo Jr. and his wife Carminia.

The blood­stains from a white shirt turned over to the Crime Lab­o­ra­tory also matched the DNA from Castillo’s par­ents.

Castillo was clad in the shirt when he was brought to the Chi­nese Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

“The prob­a­bly of parent­age is 99.99 per­cent,” San­tos said in a phone in­ter­view.

San­tos said they got the test re­sults on Thurs­day, though she could not re­mem­ber the date Castillo’s par­ents sub­mit­ted sam­ples.

San­tos said the test re­sult will be in­cluded in the ev­i­dence that could be used for law­suits against the sus­pects in Castillo’s death.

The 22-year-old law fresh­man from the Uni­ver­sity of Sto. To­mas died of mas­sive in­juries af­ter al­legedly un­der­go­ing haz­ing rites last month.

He was pro­nounced dead upon ar­rival at the hospi­tal.

Mean­while, the Tai­wan Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Of­fice (TECO) said Ralph Tran­gia, one of the sus­pects in Castillo’s death, was re­turned to the coun­try through the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Philip­pines and Tai­wan.

TECO said the Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment in­formed the Bu­reau of Im­mi­gra­tion as it tracked Tran­gia’s move­ment when he left Tai­wan for Chicago on Sept. 19 and his re­turn jour­ney from Chicago to Tai­wan on Oct. 9.

Tai­wanese au­thor­i­ties “en­sured” he was put on a flight for Manila the next day, TECO said in a state­ment last Wed­nes­day. –

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