10 Aegis Juris fraternity members ordered arrested over Atio Castillo hazing death

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UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III (file)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 22) — The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Thursday ordered the arrest of ten suspects in the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III.

The ten Aegis Juris Fraternity members ordered arrested are:

  • Arvin Balag
  • Ralph Trangia
  • Oliver John Audrey Onofre
  • Mhin Wei Chan
  • Hans Matthew Rodrigo
  • Joshua Joriel Macabali
  • Axel Munro Hipe
  • Marcelino Bagtang
  • Jose Miguel Salamat
  • Robin Ramos

On March 8, the Department of Justice indicted the ten fraternity members for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law, a non-bailable offense punishable with life imprisonment.

The DOJ also indicted John Paul Solano, a primary suspect in the case, with perjury and obstruction of justice.

Solano was a fellow Thomasian who said he found Atio's body Sept. 17, 2017 in Tondo, Manila where it seemed to have been dumped. It was later revealed Solano, who has a background in medicine, was called by fraternity members to revive Atio.

READ: Aegis Juris president struck final blow that rendered Atio unconscious – state witness

Meanwhile, all cases against UST Law Dean Nilo Divina, UST Law Faculty Secretary Arthur Capili, and fraternity member Marc Anthony Ventura were dismissed.

The cases against Divina and Capili were dismissed due to lack of evidence, while Ventura was cleared as he turned state witness.

The Senate Committees on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, and Justice and Human Rights stated in their report the 22-year-old UST student, who had last told his parents he would attend a "welcoming party" of the fraternity, died on September 17 at the hands of fraternity members during hazing rites.

UST has also expelled eight law students allegedly involved in the case.

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

The report also recommended UST law dean Nilo Divina's disbarment for failing to report Atio's death after knowing about it.

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.

READ: House OKs new anti-hazing bill on third and final reading