Oct 212017

Ralph Trangia emerges from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, under heavy police escort, as he arrives in Manila from Chicago, Tuesday. Trangia was tagged as one of the suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio Castillo III, during initiation rites of the Aegis Juris Fraternity last September 17. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Tuesday his office is ready to offer witness protection to Ralph Trangia, one of the suspects in the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III last month.

Trangia’s return from the United States is a “welcome development” in the department’s investigation on Castillo’s death, Aguirre said.

“Hopefully, Mr. Trangia’s return is covered in good intentions to clear his name and to tell the truth,” he said in a statement.

“While he may be a suspect as of the moment, depending on what he will tell our investigators, he could be a potential witness. And for this reason, the DOJ (Department of Justice) offers to him and to his family, the protection of our Witness Protection Program (WPP),” he added.

Trangia, a member of the Aegis Jvris Fraternity, returned to Manila Tuesday, three weeks since he left for the United States.

He went overseas on Sept. 19, two days after Castillo was declared dead at a hospital after suffering massive injuries during fraternity initiation rites.

Authorities earlier sought the cancellation of his passport to compel his return.

Aguirre urged Trangia and his family to “fully cooperate, to tell the truth and, as a future lawyer, to work for justice.” He also called on anyone who may know what happened to Castillo to come forward.

“Those who do will find the truth liberating, you cannot live in lies and untruth forever. We are waiting for you,” he said.

Trangia, along with several other Aegis Jvris members, are facing charges of murder, robbery, and the violation of the anti-hazing law for Castillo’s death.

The 22-year-old was rushed to the Chinese General Hospital on Sept. 17 after suffering a heart attack due to the beating he went through during Aegis Jvris initiation rites.

The Mitsubishi Strada used to bring Castillo to the hospital was traced to Trangia’s father Antonio Trangia, police earlier said.

Castillo’s family learned of his death before dawn the next day through an anonymous text message. (MNS)

Sep 072017
Nielsen survey says Pinoys are world’s most confident consumers

Filipinos have shown they are the most optimistic spenders in the world, according to a Nielsen survey. The “Consumer Confidence Concerns and Spending Intentions Around the World Quarter 2 of 2017” released by Nielsen in August cited the consumer confidence scores in the Philippines ranking highest at 130. The Philippines outranked neighboring Asia-Pacific countries India and Indonesia which came in at 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, with the United States coming in at 4th. “Consumers in the Philippines have always been in the top three in the past number of years and to be the most optimistic globally for the second time is not surprising given that the economy remains to be one of the strongest in Asia at 6.5% GDP growth rate in Q2,” said Stuart Jamieson, managing director of Nielsen Philippines and Emerging Markets Southeast Asia Cluster leader, in a statement. Filipinos are tops in the survey, ranking at 58% in terms of saving money after paying for living expenses. Money spending is intended for: new clothes: 33 % holidays or vacations: 30 % investments: 29 % home improvements: 27 % The Philippines led general consumer confidence levels in the Asia-Pacific region, cited as “strengthened modestly,” rising 3 percentage points from the fourth quarter 2016 results to 114. Filipino consumers led results of the global survey of 30,000 internet users in 63 countries which measured perceptions of local job prospects, personal finances and immediate-spending intentions.   The post Nielsen survey says Pinoys are world’s most confident consumers appeared Read More …

Jul 212017
Jollibee Chicken Joy named one of America’s best

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Apr 082017

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Mar 282017

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Mar 162017
The Genius of the Filipino

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