Saving Divina! UST finally acts on Atio hazing slay, expels 8 law students
The University of Sto. Tomas expelled eight law students implicated in the sensational hazing-death of Horacio Castillo III.
UST’s official publication, The Varsitarian, announced this on its Facebook page on Sunday.
In a statement, UST disclosed a committee which it created to probe Castillo’s death, has came up with a resolution finding eight law students “guilty of violating the Code of Conduct and Discipline and imposing the supreme penalty of expulsion.”
Their expulsion came five months after Castillo died from multiple bodily injuries sustained during so-called welcoming rites of the Aegis Juris Fraternity.
Defending the resolution, the committee said that it observed due process in coming up with the ruling, in fact, hearings were conducted in the presence of representatives of the Legal Education Board.
The committee, composed of six UST administrators and a representative from the Central Student Council, said it would continue its probe until all students involved in the Castillo case are held liable.
“The University reiterates its commitment to ferret out the truth, determine liability, and impose the appropriate sanctions. In the Eucharistic Celebrations held at the UST Faculty of Civil Law, at the Santuario de San Antonio during the wake and at the UST Chapel during the day of mourning for the death of Horacio, UST has always been one with the Castillo family in the steadfast call for everyone to pray and work together to achieve justice for Horacio and for truth to prevail,” the statement added.
At the same time, UST vowed to cooperate in the investigation of the Manila Police District and the National Bureau of Investigation for the speedy resolution of the case.
“It recommended a comprehensive review of the Student Handbook and the accreditation process for organizations. It issued an indefinite moratorium on the recruitment and all other activities of all fraternities and sororities in the University,” the statement read.
Formal charges have been filed against UST Law Dean Nilo Divina, one of the most notable alumni of Aegis Jvris, and several others in connection with the Castillo case.
Likewise, Divina along with several other Aegis Juris lawyers are facing Supreme Court investigation for disbarment for their alleged “cover up” of Castillo’s hazing.