Police: CCTV of hazing crime scene tampered with

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — The police on Friday ended their two-day sweep of the Aegis Juris Fraternity Library, but they said the scene of the hazing of Horacio Castillo III has been tampered with.

The police inspected CCTVs outside the frat library and found fingerprints on the cameras. They also said the CCTV's hard drive, where the video was recorded, is missing.

Manila Police District Director Police Superintendent Joel Coronel said this is indicative the frat members could have tried to tamper with the footage to cover up Castillo's death and escape accountability.

"Apparently when we entered the premises, there was already no hard drive to show the CCTV recordings," he said.

The media was not allowed inside during the crime scene sweep, but sources said they found trash scattered all over the place. T-shirts, cigarette butts, alcohol, food, softdrinks, and pillows were also recovered.

Paddles were also found inside the frat library during the first day of search.

The police said there is enough evidence to suggest that the hazing of the UST law student was done at the frat library, based on their initial conclusions from their two-day inspection.

"We have object evidence showing that indeed a hazing or initiation rites were conducted inside the frat library," Coronel said.

Coronel added the members of the fraternity were under the influence of alcohol during the initiation rites of Castillo.

"Remember, there are alcoholic beverages recovered inside the frat library which presumes that those who may have been involved in the hazing and initiation rites are intoxicated," he said.

The parents of Castillo gave the police their DNA samples on Friday. These will undergo blood and chemical anaylsis and will be compared with their son's DNA samples. The results will confirm if Castillo was at the Aegis Juris Fraternity Library.

Castillo, a 22-year-old UST law freshman, was declared dead on September 17 at the Chinese General Hospital after he allegedly took part in hazing rites of the Aegis Juris fraternity.

The initial autopsy report stated that he succumbed to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or thickening of the heart muscle. He was laid to rest on September 27.