Nilo Divina welcomes SC disbarment probe: Para malinis pangalan ko!
University of Santo Tomas (UST) Law Dean Nilo Divina welcomed a Supreme Court motu propio order asking him along with 20 other Aegis Juris lawyers to explain their involvement in the Horacio Castillo III hazing-death case.
“I welcome this opportunity from the Supreme Court to respond to the points raised in the report. I have always maintained that I did not do anything illegal or unethical,” Divina said.
But Divina expressed dismay over the Senate’s recommendation for his disbarment, stressing that he has no knowledge about the hazing.
“It is unfair and unjust to be dragged into this considering that by the evidence of the Senate I had no prior knowledge of the hazing incident, was not a party to any cover up or even mentioned in the group chat. I was even instrumental in the surrender of Mr. (John Paul) Solano which made the investigation move forward,” he said.
In an en banc notice, Divina and other lawyers were given 10 days to file their comment on a Senate panel recommendation, suggesting their disbarment for their intricacy in Castillo’s death.
The high court treated the Joint Committee report by the public order on dangerous drugs and justice and human rights as a formal complaint, hence the SC’s motu propio action.
Aside from Divina, the lawyers now facing SC investigation are:
Alston Kevin Anarna
Edzel Bert Canlas
Cesar Ocampo Ona
Gaile Dante Acuzar Caraan
Henry Pablo Jr
Jet Dela Peña Villaroman
Cesar Dela Fuente
Niño Kjell Servañez
Manuel Angelo Ventura III
Irvin Joseph Fabella
Allan Christopeher Agati
They are alumni of the Aegis Juris Fraternity and were accused of covering up Castillo’s death.