Aguirre: U.S. authorities ready to help deport suspects in Castillo hazing case

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UST law student Ralph Trangia (left) and hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said U.S. authorities are ready to help deport one of the suspects in the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III.

Read: Timeline: The case of Horacio Castillo III

"Nagparamdam na ang Homeland Security kung gusto raw ng Pilipinas any help for the return of Trangia," Aguirre said in a Friday press conference, referring to the U.S. equivalent of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

[Translation: Homeland Security has already extended its support if the Philippines needs any help for the return of Trangia.]

Aguirre was referring to Aegis Juris fraternity member Ralph Trangia, a principal suspect in the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III.

Trangia, along with his mother Rosemarie, fled to the United States on September 19, two days after Castillo was declared dead after succumbing to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or thickening of the heart muscle.

She faces obstruction of justice charges for helping her son leave the country. 

Read: BI: Suspect in hazing victim's death out of the country

The Manila Police District (MPD) also named Ralph's father, Antonio, as a principal suspect in Castillo's death. He remains at large.

Read: Police name 3 principal suspects in UST hazing death; manhunt ongoing

MPD Director Supt. Joel Coronel said on September 20 the Trangias allegedly own the car that transported Castillo's body to the hospital on September 17.

Read: DOJ to begin probe on death of UST law student Atio Castillo

Aguirre said Castillo's uncle sought President Rodrigo Duterte's help to cancel the Trangias' passports when they met him on October 4.

He added Duterte then called an official from the DFA to make representations with the U.S. Secretary of State on what can be done for the Trangias' return to the country.

Aguirre said the cancellation of passports is not that easy and subject to certain conditions.

CNN Philippines Digital Producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.