By Jeffrey Damicog
Whoever was present during the fraternity initiation rites which led to the death of 22-year-old University of Sto. Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III have blood in their hands.
This is the reminder Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II gave as he again called on those who were there to finally come out.
“To those who know anything about what happened to Horacio Castillo III, if you were there when it happened, then you have blood in your hands,” he said in a statement issued today..
With this, the secretary asked them that it is “time to wash it with truth and justice for Atio.”
Aguirre pointed out it will not do any good if they continue to hide and keep quiet about what had happened.
“Running from the truth is like being locked up in a jail with no bars,” the secretary stated.
“By your silence, you have already imprisoned yourself,” Aguirre stressed.
Earlier, Aguirre offered to place witnesses under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).
“If they want to tell the truth or clear their names they can come to my office and we will place them under the WPP,” he had said.
“They can trust us, they have nothing to fear from us,” he also assured.
The secretary has created a hotline where witnesses can contact the Department of Justice (DOJ) if they intend to step forward.
Called DOJHoracio hotline, witnesses can contact the mobile number 0995 442 9241.