What a waste of good genes: Lacson bares Rizal, Malvar blood flowed in Atio Castillo’s veins
The late Horacio “Atio” Castillo III could trace his lineage to the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and Gen. Miguel Malvar, the last Filipino general to surrender to the American forces during the Fil-American war for independence.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson bared this during Wedneday’s resumption of his committee on public order and dangerous drugs’ probe on the death of Castillo.
“I’d like to end this hearing on a nostalgic note, may nagsabi lang, is it true that you’re a direct descendant of Gen. Miguel Malvar?” he asked the parents of the victim of the most recent fatal fraternity hazing.
Atio’s father, Horacio Jr., said Malvar was his “great, great grandfather” and that he’s also a descendant of Rizal.
“The youngest sister of Jose Rizal (Soledad) is my great, great grandmother,” he added.
“Kinikilabutan lang kami dahil si Atio pala ang ganda ng kanyang genes ano?” Lacson commented.
Moreover, Horacio Jr. told the committee that his father was a war hero who served under the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and death march survivor.
Some historians claim that Malvar could have been listed as one of the presidents of the Philippines but is currently not recognized as such by the Philippine government.