WATCH: Atio Castillo's mother comes face to face with hazing suspects

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — The mother of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo III turned emotional on Wednesday when she faced the seven suspects in her son's death.

Carmina Castillo, during the Senate hearing on her son's death by hazing in fraternity rites, recalled how she received the news.

"We found out Monday at 1 in the morning. Whoever texted me, I found him sa funerarya unidentified," she said.

She and her husband Horacio Castillo II confronted Aegis Juris Fraternity members John Paul Solano, Ralph Trangia, frat President Arvin Balag, Aeron Salientes, Zimon Padro, Jose Miguel Salamat, and Ranie Rafael Santiago. She asked them to shed light on her son's death.

"Tell me what happened during those times, those days. Because you have to answer for all of that," she said.

She appealed to the suspects to return Atio's belongings.

"You have his phone, bring it back. You have his eyeglasses, you have his watch, bring it back. Those are important to us, those were his last things that I want," she said.

The grieving mother couldn't help but tear up when the senators read out the conversation between the frat members who were discussing the death of her 22-year-old son.


When senators read the message of hazing suspect Jose Miguel Salamat, Carmina started crying. Salamat posted he was in possession of Atio's cellphone. In his message, Salamat added Atio's parents have been calling their son and sending him several messages.

The Philippine National Police said it is evident in the Facebook chat the Aegis Juris members were trying to "conceal or obstruct justice."

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"They want to evade, avoid at all costs the investigation and prosecution of this case," Manila Police District Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel said.

The family of Castillo found their son in a morgue on September 18, when they were anonymously texted about Atio's whereabouts. Atio, a UST Law student, died on September 17 due to severe blunt trauma after allegedly undergoing hazing.