MANILA - The University of Santo Tomas denounced Monday the alleged fraternity hazing that took the life of 22-year-old law student Horacio Castillo III.
"We condemn in no uncertain terms hazing in any form or manner," the UST Office of Public Affairs said in a statement.
"Violence has no place in an academic institution, particularly in the University of Santo Tomas that values and promotes charity and compassion."
Castillo attended the welcoming rites of the Aegis Juris Fraternity at the UST campus last Saturday, his father said.
Hours later, the bloodied freshman law student was dumped in a street in Balut, Tondo. He was rushed to the Chinese General Hospital, but eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Castillo's family found his body at the hospital early Monday after receiving a tip from an anonymous text message.
Autopsy conducted by the police confirmed Castillo died of a heart attack due to "massive injury" consistent with hazing.
UST condoled with Castillo's family, promising to bring to justice those behind the incident.
"We express our profound sympathy and offer our prayers to his family for their pain and anguish--- a pain that we share seeing that the life of our very own student, with all of its aspirations and potentials, taken away because of a senseless act," the university said.
"We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the perpetrators be meted the appropriate sanctions and brought to justice."
The Aegis Juris fraternity, in a statement, meanwhile promised to "extend its utmost cooperation" in the investigation.