MANILA - (UPDATED) Elder lawyers of the Aegis Jvris fraternity, including a former lawmaker, may be summoned to the next legislative hearing on the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Thursday.
The fraternity members may be called to clear up the supposed meeting in a hotel in Quezon City where they allegedly planned to cover up the hazing death, said Gatchalian, adding that practicing lawyers may be held accountable for obstruction of justice.
"What was very disturbing to me is aside from those who were directly involved in the crime, there were elder lawyers teaching and coaching the participants how to cover up, how to destroy evidence, clean up the crime scene," he told ANC's Early Edition.
"For me, talagang may koneksiyon itong mga elders nila with the current fraternity, and I'm very sure also that the elders know about everything that is happening in their fraternity...If somebody died, meron na silang plano kung anong gagawin and this will come from the elder members," he said.
The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, he added, may invite former Isabela Rep. Edwin Uy to the next hearing after his name was mentioned in a Facebook chat among fraternity members.
Uy is supposedly a member of the fraternity and is a senior partner at Divina Law, which will represent the University of Sto. Tomas in case of a law suit. UST Civil Law dean Nilo Divina is managing partner at the firm.
"His (Uy) name came up and to clear his name, it's very important for him to participate also...His name was mentioned but we don't really know whether he partcipated in that meeting," said Gatchalian.
The Senate panel is investigating the death of 22-year-old Castillo after it revived calls for stronger legislation against violent initiation rites.
Castillo was supposed to join the Aegis Jvris fraternity but died due to massive injuries consistent with hazing, according to an autopsy report.