MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) said it may also include several Jane Does in the cases to be filed in connection with the hazing death of UST Law student Horacio Tomas Castillo III.
In an interview over DZMM on Friday, MPD Director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel said these female suspects are those seen in the CCTV during the hazing at the Aegis Juris fraternity library in Sampaloc, Manila.
“Meron po tayong nakitang mga babae who we believe or suspect na sister or members ng sister sorority-fraternity ng Aegis Juris,” said Coronel; referring to Regina Juris et Legis.
[We saw some females whom we believe or suspect to be sisters or members of the sister sorority-fraternity of Aegis Juris.]
Coronel said in the first case that was filed in October 4, there were about 5 or 6 Jane Does included as respondents; many of which they have been trying to validate the identities before naming them.
“May list po tayo. Hindi lang natin inilalabas until ma-confirm ng ating witnesses. Tama po, meron pong babae na masasama sa kasong ito,” Coronel added.
[We have a list. We’re not just releasing it to the public until the witnesses have confirmed their identity. That’s right, some female members will be included in these cases.]
Earlier, the MPD filed charges of murder, robbery and obstruction of justice against 19 members of Aegis Juris including John Paul Solano who was also slapped with perjury.
Days later, the Castillo camp filed another string of charges against other individuals including UST Law Dean Nilo Divina and other fraternity elders.
The MPD said they are looking at filing another set of complaints; this time against lawyer-members of Aegis Juris who were alleged to have tried to cover-up Castillo’s death. Their names have been revealed in the chat room used by the group during and after the Castillo hazing.