A Senate panel on Wednesday positioned Aegis Juris fraternity president Arvin Balag below Senate detention after being cited in contempt for being “evasive” when questioned throughout the Senate listening to in regards to the death of regulation pupil hazing sufferer Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
Balag was cited in contempt after repeatedly invoking his proper towards self-incrimination in answering easy questions that senators mentioned weren’t even self-incriminatory.
Senator Grace Poe, throughout her flip to ask questions, requested Balag if it was true that he was president of fraternity. However, Balag invoked his proper towards self-incrimination.
“Ni pagiging miyembro hindi mo aaminin? (You can’t even admit being a member?) Mr. Chair, I would like to move that the resource person (Balag) be cited in contempt,” Poe mentioned throughout the listening to.
Poe’s movement was seconded by Senators Joel Villanueva and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, chair of the committee dealing with the listening to, ordered the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to put Balag below detention after the listening to.
Lacson mentioned that he noticed no motive for Balag to reply the query since faculty data had been out there anyway.
“Just answer straight. Don’t be evasive. Nandiyan na (The records are there) . Why would it incriminate you kung ia-affirm mo lang yung nasa record sa UST (if you’re only going to affirm the records of UST)?”
Poe and Lacson gave Balag a number of probabilities to reply the query however he apologetically invoked his proper towards self-incrimination.
In the closed-door transcript of John Paul Solano, frat member and prime suspect in Atio’s death, he revealed that it was Balag who requested him to deliver the sufferer to the hospital and lie about discovering his physique in a road in Balut, Tondo.
Balag, nevertheless, maintained that he was not a regulation pupil in UST as he had already transferred to Lyceum University of the Philippines after getting debarred.
In an interview with reporters after the listening to, Lacson mentioned that Balag had abused his proper towards self-incrimination.
“Di na nga self-incriminatory ini-invoke pa rin ang right against self-incrimination. Very simple questions answerable by yes or no, hindi ito magje-jeopardize sa kanila in terms of incriminating themselves,” Lacson mentioned.
(“It’s not even self-incriminatory, they keep invoking the right against self-incrimination. They’re very simple questions answerable by yes or no, it won’t put them in jeopardy in terms of incriminating themselves.”)
Another frat member, Ralph Trangia, additionally refused to reply Poe’s query about whether or not or not his household owned a red Mitsubishi automobile. He was additionally warned to be cited in contempt however didn’t meet the identical destiny as Balag.
Police stories confirmed that it was the automobile of Trangia’s father that was used to take Atio to the Chinese General Hospital. (PNA)