MANILA— The government need not criminalize fraternities in light of the hazing death of a number of law students, most recently University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said Tuesday.
Aguirre on Monday ordered the National of Bureau of Investigation to build a case against those behind the killing of the 22-year-old, whose body was dumped in a sidewalk in Tondo, Manila following rites late Saturday and recovered Sunday.
Castillo’s death again put the spotlight on law school fraternities and their culture of hazing.
But Aguirre, a member of San Beda Law's Lex Talionis fraternity, said violence committed by some fraternities should be “balanced” with their constitutional right to form associations.
“Palagay ko naman, tama rin na 'di mo completely i-outlaw 'tong pag-form ng association,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a Senate hearing.
In a statement Tuesday, Castillo's family called for justice and put the university and fraternity to task in bringing his killers to justice.