UST law dean, 20 others face disbarment case

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2018 07:30 PM

MANILA - University of Santo Tomas (UST) law dean Nilo Divina and 20 other lawyers tagged in the alleged cover-up of the hazing death of law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III in September are facing a disbarment case before the Supreme Court.

In a resolution dated Feb. 6, the Supreme Court en banc said a letter that Sen. Panfilo Lacson had sent on Jan. 31, 2018 would be treated as a complaint. 

The Court Resolved to "treat the aforesaid letter as a complaint" against the lawyers," "docket the aforesaid complaint as a regular administrative case," and "require each respondent to comment on the complaint within 10 days from notice hereof."

The Lacson-led Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, which held an inquiry into Castillo's hazing death on Sept. 17, 2017 during initiation rites of the Aegis Jvris fraternity, earlier urged the High Court to disbar Divina and other fraternity alumni.

Lacson, in his January letter, had sent the Supreme Court documents in support of the disciplinary proceedings.

Aside from Divina, the following lawyers are also subjects of complaint:

  • Marvi Abo
  • Alston Kevin Anarma
  • Edzel Bert Canlas
  • Cecilio Jimeno
  • Ferdinand Rogelio
  • Eric Fuentes
  • Cesar Ocampo Ona
  • Gaile Dante Caraan
  • Gem Dimaculangan
  • Alfonso Verzosa
  • Henry Pablo Jr.
  • Jet Villaroman
  • Cesar Dela Fuente
  • Niño Kjell Servañez
  • Manuel Angelo Ventura III
  • Michael Vito
  • Arthur Capili
  • rvin Joseph Fabella
  • Edwin Uy
  • Allan Christopher Agati

-- Report from Sherrie Ann Torres and Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News