University of Santo Tomas
MANILA, Philippines – The school administration of the University of Santo Tomas has ordered the suspension of all operations of fraternity and sorority groups in school system effective in the next school year 2018 to 2019.
In a memorandum issued by the UST’s Office of the Student Affairs, recruitment and other activities of the said groups and related organizations should stop following the hazing incident that killed freshman law student, Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) facilitated the transfer of the accused parties in the Horacio “Atio” Castillo III hazing-slay case Wednesday, May 23.
The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 ordered yesterday, May 22, the transfer of 10 members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity implicated in Atio’s death after it denied the suspects’ petition and agreed with the prosecution that the NBI is not a regular detention facility.
The prosecution also argued that hazing is not among the crimes covered in the duties and responsibilities of the NBI.
The ten accused are: Arvin Balag, Robin Ramos, Jose Miguel Salamat, Danielle Hans Matthew, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Munro Hipe, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Ralph Trangia, Joshua Joriel Macabali and Marcelino Bagtang.– UNTV News & Rescue
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