'Ridiculous': UST law dean denies recruiting Atio Castillo


Posted at Sep 29 2017 07:13 PM

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MANILA - The dean of University of Sto. Tomas Civil Law has denied claims he recruited slain law freshman Horacio Castillo III to the Aegis Jvris fraternity.

Dean Nilo Divina, a member of the fraternity himself, allegedly "assured" Castillo's parents "that there was going to be no hazing" despite their fears, according to Atty. Lorna Kapunan.

"It’s all a lie. It’s so ridiculous. First, I did not know Atio personally and there’s policy against recruitment of freshman students...I maintained distance. I don’t promote any fraternity. I’m supposed to be the dean of all the students, regardless of affiliation," Divina told ANC's Early Edition.

There were also reports fraternity members involved in Castillo's fatal hazing went to his house after the hazing to seek help, an accusation that Divina called as "completely ridiculous."

"I do not know, probably at a certain point, Lorna Kapunan will claim that I’m the one who killed Ninoy Aquino," he said, referring to the Castillo family's lawyer. 

"That’s a complete lie, just meant to disparage me, embarrass me, humiliate me, but I will not play that card. I will defend my honor and I will fight in the proper forum," he said, adding that cases against Kapunan will be filed "right and left."

This was not the first time Kapunan had accused Divina of illegal activities. 

With Kapunan's assistance, Patricia Bautista, wife of Commission on Elections Chair Andres Bautista, earlier sought Divina's disbarment for allegedly giving payoffs to the poll chief.