Act like lawyers, not cowards: UST law dean urges fratmen in fatal hazing case to surrender

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  • UST law dean appealed to Aegis Juris members involved Atio’s fatal hazing to come out
  • He again stressed fraternity not recognized by UST this year
  • Co-founder lawyering for primary suspect also promised to name names, reveal everything

MANILA, Philippines – Act like lawyers, not cowards.

UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina had this to say to members of Aegis Juris fraternity involved in the fatal hazing of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo even as he urged them to surface and surrender.

A noted alumnus of the fraternity, Divina said those liable or privy to what happened should follow the example of their peer John Paul Solano and give themselves up to the authorities.

“I made a plea for those involved to come out and assist in the investigations. One of them heeded my call, John Paul Solano, who is now in custody of the Manila Police District. To the rest, I reiterate my call for them to surface to shed light on what happened,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying during the Senate hearing on Castillo’s d***h.

Divina also again stressed that the fraternity blatantly defied school regulations when it continued recruiting neophytes despite not being recognized by UST this year.

“For this year, Aegis Juris is not recognized,” he said. “It must be a legitimate organization, composed of bona fide students and they should not engage in hazing in any manner or form.”

For his part, Atty. Paterno Esmaquel, a co-founder and also Solano’s legal counsel, said he and his client are ready to assist in the investigation and spill everything they know.

“Let the axe fall where it should fall. I encouraged him to tell the truth and nothing but the truth,” he said. “We have already prepared an affidavit and we will name names there.”