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Nilo Divina, Aegis Juris frat brods charged with murder, perjury: They knew ‘Atio’ joined hazing rites

The family of hazing death victim Horacio ‘Atio’ Tomas Castillo III on Monday formally included University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law dean Nilo Divina, and several other officials and members of Aegis Juris Fraternity as respondents in the celebrated case.

Atio’s parents Horacio II and Carminia were assisted by lawyer Lorna Kapunanin filing a supplemental affidavit naming Divina et al as respondents.

The charges filed were for violation of Republic Act 2049, the Anti-Hazing Law; murder under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC); four counts of perjury under Article 183 of the RPC; and obstruction of justice under Presidential Decree 1829 against trustees of the Aegis Juris Foundation Inc.

Atio’s parents also included in the complaint Vicente Garcia, owner of the building where Atio’s alleged hazing took place.

The complainants also included as respondents the trustees of the Aegis Foundation namely William S. Merginie, Cezar N. Tirol, Oscar T. Ce, Alexander J. Flores, Alvin S. Dysangco, Emmanuel Y. Velasco, Henry C. Pablo, Gabrial T. Robeniol, Michael Joseph G. Fernandez, Allan Christopher S. Agati, Paulino L. Yusi, Arnel Bernardo and Edwin C. Uy.

Kapunan, one of the legal counsels of Atio’s parents, explained they have evidence to show that Divina knew Atio was going to undergo initiation rites with the fraternity on the day the neophyte and UST law student died.

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