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UST law freshman dies in alleged hazing by Nilo Divina’s frat, Aegis Juris

A 22-year-old freshman law student from the University of Santo Tomas has died after allegedly going through hazing.

Horacio Tomas Castillo III was found by a bystander on a sidewalk in Tondo, Manila Sunday morning (September 17). He was wrapped in a blanket but motionless.

The bystander and other concerned citizens rushed Castillo to Chinese General Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

Castillo’s parents learned about his death after going to the hospital based on a tip and finding out that their son’s body had been brought by Scene of the Crime Operatives to a funeral parlor in Sampaloc.

Horacio Castillo Jr. said his son had informed him he would be staying at UST overnight on Saturday (September 16) for the welcoming rites of Aegis Juris fraternity.

He said his son told him the initiation rites had ended.

“Sabi niya, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll make it to the 6 o’ clock mass [tomorrow] with you guys.’ But we never heard from him since,” Horacio Jr. said.

Although Horacio Jr. had qualms about letting his son join a fraternity, he said the latter assured him that no hazing will take place.

“Sabi niya, walang mangyayaring hazing because this is a legal fraternity and the dean is a member of it,” he said.

The dean Horacio Jr. was referring to is UST Faculty of Civil Law dean and Divina Law founder Nilo Divina.

Castillo’s father is in disbelief about what the fraternity did to his son.

The police’s spot report on Castillo’s death showed he had hematoma on both arms. Bruises and drops of melted candle wax were also found all over his body.

“His body was dumped in the sidewalk. Who would do that? That’s not homicide. It’s murder. Pinatay ang anak namin!” he said.

Based on Castillo’s phone records, the last person he called was Aegis Juris member Axel Hipe at around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Castillo’s mother, Carmina, said Hipe was the one who recruited her son to join the fraternity.

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