UST leaders should face the music if found negligent in Atio death: Villanueva

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2017 06:01 PM

MANILA - The leadership of the University of Sto. Tomas should "face the music" if they are found to have been negligent in its duties, following the death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III, Senator Joel Villanueva said Tuesday.

"I trust that my alma mater, the University of Sto. Tomas, would allow itself to be part of this scrutiny that is going on, and the leadership should be committed that if we have found that there is oversight and negligence on its duties, they have to face the music," he told ANC's Headstart.

Last week, the university slammed the "inaccurate portrayal" that it was indifferent to Castillo's death, noting that it had condemned the "senseless" act of violence against the student and declared a day of mourning for him.

Villanueva, a graduate of the Dominican-run university said, the school embracing possible liability is part of the "Thomasian virtues" on justice in truth.

He said the community is "disgusted" and "embarrassed" by the revelations about the death of 22-year-old Castillo, supposedly at the hands of Aegis Jvris fraternity of the UST Civil Law.

"Dinaan ko na nga lang sa biro…we have not even gotten our first win in the basketball league and we are producing this kind of future lawyers, na horrible?," he said.

"These rascals should face and their actions should be tempered with the full weight of the law," he added.

However, Villanueva said he is not going to jump into conclusions as to whether or not the school should kick out these students as the leaders are still doing their own investigation.

The Senate and law enforcers are investigating the death of Castillo supposedly due to massive injuries consistent with hazing.

Villanueva said lawmakers are expected to receive the counter-affidavits of those tagged into the killing on Tuesday.