UST alumni deny cover-up attempt in ‘Atio’ hazing


Posted at Oct 07 2017 11:59 PM

MANILA—Two groups of University of Santo Tomas (UST) alumni on Saturday denied a cover-up exists amid an investigation in the fatal hazing of law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III.

In a joint statement, the UST Alumni Association Inc. and the UST Law Alumni Foundation Inc. denounced allegations that the school and its Faculty of Law were "complicit or negligent" in Castillo's death.

"There was no attempt at all to cover up the case nor was there any protection or refuge given to anyone involved. The university did in fact create a commission to investigate the case on its own without the participation of any member of the law faculty. We want the truth to come out, nothing more, nothing less," the statement read.

Castillo's parents on Wednesday said they will implead UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina and other university officials in their criminal complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Castillo family also met with President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to seek justice for Atio.

"You have my word," Duterte told Castillo's parents, Horacio Jr. and Carmina, and an uncle, Gerardo Castillo.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday said the United States’ Department of Homeland Security will cooperate should the Philippines demand the deportation of Aegis Jvris frat member Ralph and his mother, Rosemarie Trangia.

The Trangias fled the country a day before the DOJ released an immigration lookout bulletin against them and several others linked to Atio Castillo’s death.

They, along with patriarch Antonio Trangia, face criminal raps before the DOJ in connection with Castillo's fatal hazing.