By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) hopes to release by the middle of the month its resolution based on the preliminary investigation on the death of hazing victim Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has already been informed by the three-man panel of prosecutors led by Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Villanueva that it had finished its preliminary investigation of the case last January 22.
“The Prosecution Panel is presently evaluating all of the evidence submitted and shall endeavor to come up with a resolution by mid-February 2018,” read the panel’s report to Aguirre.
Apart from Villanueva, the panel is composed of Prosecution Attorneys Wendell Bendoval and Honey Rose Delgado.
The preliminary investigation was initiated by the complaints filed by the Manila Police District (MPD) and Atio’s parents, Horacio Jr. and Carmina.
The MPD named 18 respondents in its complaint for murder, robbery and violation of Republic Act 8049, the Anti-Hazing Law while Atio’s parents named 31 respondents for the same offenses.
The parents also charged 23 respondents of committing four counts of perjury and obstruction of justice.