Case vs. UST before Vatican to continue - Atio Castillo's family

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) — There is no stopping the family of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III from pushing through with their case against the University of Santo Tomas before the Vatican.

This, despite the expulsion of eight law students allegedly involved in Atio's hazing death.

READ: UST expels eight students involved in Atio Castillo hazing death

Speaking to CNN Philippines Sunday, Carminia said, "We will bring this to the Vatican. We're compiling our complaints and we will proceed with this."

READ: Atio Castillo's parents want papal audience to report UST 'inaction'

UST is the only university in the Philippines to be conferred with a pontifical title, which means it is under the authority of the Vatican.

Atio's parents, Horacio Jr. and Carminia, believe UST is still being influenced by some members of their legal team who also happen to be part of the Aegis Juris fraternity.

And without giving a reason why, UST has also refused to release the names of the students it expelled.

Carminia Castillo said, "Maybe it took them some time to come out with an investigation and ayaw nilang irelease yung names so maybe an influence is there."

The Justice Department is set to release its resolution on whether there is probable cause to indict and arrest accused Aegis Juris members.

Meanwhile, the Manila Police said they are ready to make arrests once the court issues a warrant.

The Castillos said they will not accept any money from the fraternity to settle they case. They will fight until justice for Atio is achieved.

"We're prepared. Sabi nga ni Minnie (Carminia), kahit ikamatay pa namin [even if we die from it)], that's okay," Horacio Jr. said.

Atio died in September 2017. Five months after his death, no one has been apprehended or found guilty.

Following Atio's death, both the Senate and the House of Representatives approved bills completely banning hazing as a requirement for admission into a fraternity, sorority, or organization.