Baka buhay pa si Atio: Ping touches on school debarment policy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2017 01:23 PM

If the University of Sto. Tomas law school followed its academic policy, several members of the Aegis Jvris Fraternity would have been debarred, Senator Panfilo Lacson said.

During the continuation of the Senate probe into the hazing death of Horatio "Atio" Castillo III, Lacson showed a table listing the names of students and their grades.

"Based on this table, 10 members were allowed to enroll. You allowed admission for the current semester 2017-2018. Pero kung titingnan natin ito parang apat lang ang magka-qualify. Why is that? Is there another standard for Aegis Jvris?" Lacson asked UST Law Dean Nilo Divina.

Divina explained that it takes time for grades to be computed, so they accommodated 68 students, including the 10 members of the fraternity, and allowed them to enrolll in the next semester "pending completion of the grades".

"If it turns out there's a ground for debarment then they will be debarred," Divina said.

Under their policy, the grounds for debarment are failure to meet the QPI or the minimum average; failing the 9-unit rule and the 1/2 load rule.

The law dean maintained that the accommodation benefited 68 students and was not intended to favor one particular group.

"Mauubos yung members ng Aegis Jvris pagka sinunod yung debarment policy, as you mentioned earlier. Kung academic standard susundin, walang maiiwan," Lacson pointed out.

To this, Divina said the fraternity's Grand Praefectus or GP, Arvin Balag, and the head previous to him, were debarred.

"The head remains. They are still there and they were able to recruit Atio," Lacson said.

"Kung debarred siguro hindi na sila nakapag-recruit kay Atio. Baka buhay pa si Atio ngayon."