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DOJ offers protection to witnesses in law student’s killing

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DOJ offers protection to witnesses in law student’s killing

/ 08:59 AM September 22, 2017
Horacio Tomas Castillo III UST Law student Hazing

Horacio Tomas Castillo III, a 22-year-old freshman law student at the UST, died of a heart attack caused by traumatic injuries due to hazing, allegedly conducted by some members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity. (Photo by CYRILLE CUPINO / Radyo Inquirer)

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II encouraged witnesses to the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III to come forward, assuring them of their safety under the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

In a statement on Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) chief noted the witnesses “have nothing to fear from us” and should be more afraid of the people hiding them or advising them not to come out and cooperate in the investigation.

“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,” Aguirre said.

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In a bid to boost efforts to capture the suspects in Castillo’s murder and fast track the resolution of the case, the DOJ has set up the “DOJHoracio hotline” for anyone with information that could help probers. Informants can either text or call the DOJHoracio hotline through 09954429241.

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