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From cover-up to delaying tactics: UST Aegis frat masters Divina, Uy given up to Nov. 16 to file defense over Atio killing

University of Sto. Tomas (UST) law dean Nilo Divina and his law partner, former Isabela representative Edwin Uy, have been given an extension to file their defense over their alleged involvement in the death of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.

Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Villanueva said the two and other respondents in the case could still file their respective rejoinders this November 16 at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

A panel of prosecutors is currently conducting a preliminary investigation over the complaints filed by the Manila Police District (MPD) and the Atio’s parents against those believed involved in the death of hazing victim.

On the other hand, Villanueva said the respondents were “not compelled to file their rejoinders.”

After the filing, Villanueva said the case would be deemed submitted for resolution on whether charges should be filed in court against any of the respondents.

Divina and Uy, both trustees of the fraternity, allegedly knew about the initiation rites of Atio and both have been accused of leading the cover up of the killing of Atio at the hands of their loyal acolytes in Aegis Juris.

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