BREAKING: Manila regional trial court orders the arrest of 10 Aegis Juris Fraternity members involved in the fatal hazing of Atio
The DOJ issued the resolution based on the preliminary investigation a panel of prosecutors conducted over the criminal complaints filed by the Manila Police District (MPD) and Atio
's parents, Horacio Jr.
said the panel led by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Villanueba based their findings on the testimony of respondent-turned-state witness Mark Ventura, who was also present during Atio
's final rites.
In a statement released by the Varsitarian, the University confirmed that the Committee tasked to investigate the hazing death of Atio
has issued its first resolution finding eight law students guilty of violating the Code of Conduct and Discipline and imposing the supreme penalty of expulsion.
The couple, in their supplemental complaint, hit Divina for issuing a blanket suspension to the members of the fraternity that "effectively allowed Respondent-Members to escape undetected and unscathed, and at the very least, to avoid being directly [questioned] by the [Manila Police District] on Atio
Needless to say, the fratmen who battered Atio
to death deserve the harshest penalty from the courts.
In a statement, Atio
's father Horacio II and mother Carminia said that while they welcome UST's expulsion of the eight students, actions should also be taken against civil law dean Nilo Divina and other members of the faculty.
Horacio Castillo II, father of hazing victim of Horacio 'Atio
' III, shows a pamphlet of the Aegis Juris fraternity.
The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 40 ordered the arrest of all the accused in hte 'Atio
' case after finding probable cause in the non-bailable charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law.
'We believe that the priority should be focused on ensuring justice for Atio
Castillo and his family, and punishing those who were directly responsible for his senseless death,' Anti-Hazing Enforcement Movement executive director Chris Anasam said in a statement.
The preliminary investigation was initiated by the complaints filed by the Manila Police District (MPD) and Atio
's parents, Horacio Jr.
Several hearings conducted at the Senate over the hazing death of Horacio 'Atio
' Castillo in the hands of Aegis Juris fraternity members did serve the purpose of keeping the incident in the public eye and hastening investigation of the case.