Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Walang kawala: US offers help to deport suspect in Castillo’s death

The suspect in the fatal hazing of UST law student Horacio Castillo III who fled to the United States cannot escape the long arm of the law.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the US Homeland Security has offered to locate and bring back Ralph Trangia to Manila to face his case.

Trangia accompanied by his mother Rosemarie left the Philippines last September 19 following the death of Castillo.

“Nagparamdam na ang Department of Homeland Security kung gusto raw ng Pilipinas any help for the return of Trangia,” said Aguirre.

The offer came days after President Duterte met with Castillo’s parents in Malacañang.

Aguirre said Castillo’s kin sought the help of the President to have Trangia’s passport cancelled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

“So the President called the representative, I think the Usec of the DFA to make representation with the US Department of State what it would do in order that the supposed Aegis member be deported back, be sent back to the Philippines,” Aguirre said.

He, however, admitted that the passport cancellation was not an easy thing to do given the conditions required by the DFA.

“Hindi naman ganoon kadali, meron mga grounds, meron mga conditions na hinihingi ang Department of Foreign Affairs before it could cancel the passport,” he added.

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