THE University of Sto. Tomas (UST) has kicked out eight law students tagged in the controversial
hazing-death of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
The school’s official publication, The Varsitarian, announced this on its Facebook page
In a statement, UST disclosed that an investigating committee has found the eight law
students “guilty of violating the Code of Conduct and Discipline and imposing the supreme penalty of
The committee, according to UST, has observed due process during the probe, in fact, all the
hearings were conducted in the presence of representatives of the Legal Education Board.
The committee, composed of six UST administrators and a representative from the Central
Student Council, said it would continue its probe until all students involved in the Castillo case
are held liable.
“The university reiterates its commitment to ferret out the truth, determine liability, and
impose the appropriate sanctions. In the Eucharistic Celebrations held at the UST Faculty of Civil
Law, at the Santuario de San Antonio during the wake and at the UST Chapel during the day of
mourning for the death of Horacio, UST has always been one with the Castillo family in the steadfast
call for everyone to pray and work together to achieve justice for Horacio and for truth to
prevail,” the statement added.
It also vowed to cooperate in the investigation of the Manila Police District and the
National Bureau of Investigation for the speedy resolution of the case.
“It recommended a comprehensive review of the Student Handbook and the accreditation process
for organizations. It issued an indefinite moratorium on the recruitment and all other activities of
all fraternities and sororities in the university,” the statement read.
It will be recalled that witness Mark Ventura named 24 Aegis Juris Fraternity members as
allegedly involved in the Castillo hazing, among them president Arvin Balag and Ralph Trangia,
whose father reportedly owns the vehicle used to bring the victim to the hospital. The hazing was
reportedly done in the fraternity’s library in the vicinity of the UST.
Formal charges have been filed before the Department of Justice against UST Law Dean Nilo
Divina and several others in connection with the Castillo case.
Likewise, Divina along with several other Aegis Juris lawyers are facing disbarment for
their alleged “cover up” of Castillo’s hazing.