UST Law Dean covering up for Aegis Juris brods — Atio's parents

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — The parents of law student Horacio Castillo III who died from hazing are alleging the Dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Law is covering up for members of the Aegis Juris fraternity involved in this case.

In an 18-page affidavit, Carmina Castillo and her husband, Horacio Jr., said Dean Nilo Divina's demeanor and his issuance of preventive suspension order for all members of the fraternity "can only lead to the conclusion that he is helping his fellow brods."

"It is utterly false that Respondent Divina issued the suspension order to prevent Aegis Juris members from influencing potential witnesses." the Castillos said.

Forty people, including some members and alumni of the fraternity, are facing charges for murder, robbery and violation of Anti-Hazing Law in relation to Castillo's death. 

They said Divina's suspension order made it difficult for police to locate fraternity members.

"Had Respondent Divina not issued the said suspension order, the investigation of the MPD would have been easier," they said.

Divina is a member of Aegis Juris, which is claimed to have initiated the hazing. But Divina said he took a leave from the fraternity since he became Dean eight years ago.

Earlier, he had submitted a 42-page counteraffidavit refuting the two complaints filed against him by Atio's parents.

He said he wants the "baseless charges" against him junked and claimed allegations linking him to the Castillo's death are part of a "smear campaign."

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The affidavit cited a Senate hearing on October 18 where Manila Police Department Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel said the suspension order, which prevented members of the fraternity from entering UST, made it difficult for them to track down members.

Divina could not also claim he did not know Atio, the affidavit said, as screenshots shown at the November 6 Senate hearing showed otherwise.

"Thus, at the time Respondent Divina issued the suspension order, he had prior knowledge of the fact of hazing and therefore, he deliberately issued said suspension order with the end goal of protecting his brods," the Castillos said in the affidavit.

The afficavit also names UST Law Faculty Secretary Arthur Capili, whom they said was in "cahoots" with Divina.

"It is Respondent Capili who relayed the information to Respondent Divina."

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The affidavit also accuses members of the fraternity of committing perjury.

"Respondent-Members agreed to commit perjury to hide the face that our son, Atio, was a victim of hazing, and that he died somewhere in Balut, Tondo," it said.

It added proof of this was Atio being brought to the Chinese General Hospital (CGH), even when the UST hospital was nearer, plus John Paul Solano — one of the principal suspects in the case — claiming to hospital staff that he just found Atio's body in Tondo.

Solano's UST ID, they said, was found in the CGH bathroom where he hid it behind a mirror.

No one it their right mind, the affidavit said, would hide an ID without reason.

The Castillos said, these instances showed Solano will "subject himself to Perjury, to be consistent with what he stated to the medical staff of the Chinese General Hospital."

"All these lead only to the conclusion that the Respondent-Members, and Respondent Solano, agreed to the commission of Perjury, and decided to stick with their theory."