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UST suspends fraternities, sororities for SY 2018-2019

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

University of Santo Tomas

 

MANILA, Philippines – The school administration of the University of Santo Tomas has ordered the suspension of all operations of fraternity and sorority groups in school system effective in the next school year 2018 to 2019.

In a memorandum issued by the UST’s Office of the Student Affairs, recruitment and other activities of the said groups and related organizations should stop following the hazing incident that killed freshman law student, Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) facilitated the transfer of the accused parties in the Horacio “Atio” Castillo III hazing-slay case Wednesday, May 23.

The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 ordered yesterday, May 22, the transfer of 10 members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity implicated in Atio’s death after it denied the suspects’ petition and agreed with the prosecution that the NBI is not a regular detention facility.

The prosecution also argued that hazing is not among the crimes covered in the duties and responsibilities of the NBI.

The ten accused are:  Arvin Balag, Robin Ramos, Jose Miguel Salamat, Danielle Hans Matthew, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Munro Hipe, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Ralph Trangia, Joshua Joriel Macabali and Marcelino Bagtang.– UNTV News & Rescue

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Aegis Juris fratman found guilty of obstruction of justice in Atio hazing death

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2019

John Paul Solano

Aegis Juris fratman John Paul Solano has been found guilty of obstruction of justice over the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio ‘Atio’ Castillo III.

Solano is guilty of two counts of obstruction of justice and was sentenced by the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) Branch 14 to a minimum of two years and 4 months up to 4 years and two months in prison.

“Considering that he allowed himself to be left behind asserting his desires to attend to Castillo, and he, in fact, saw those who brought Castillo to the hospital leave, nothing would prevent him from refusing to follow the supposed instructions or get lost in the hospital or from speaking the truth to the police officers who arrived to investigate,” the decision reads.

The court, meanwhile, acquitted him for perjury.

READ: Man who brought slain UST law student to hospital, considered a ‘person of interest’

Solano led the convoy that took Atio to the Chinese General Hospital when Atio was severely injured after undergoing hazing. Solano then reported the incident to authorities but identified himself as a stranger who found Atio.

“It is clear that he gave false and fabricated information to mislead the police or prevent them from apprehending those responsible for the death of Castillo,” as stated in the court’s decision.

Atio’s parents, meanwhile, are satisfied with the court’s verdict but they said the battle for justice is not yet over.

READ: Fratmen’s “cover-up attempt” revealed through a group chat presented in Senate

“Hopefully we will file cases again sa mga kasama—even iyong mga lawyers iyong mga involved sa cover up, (Hopefully, we will file cases again against the other members and even the lawyers who were involved in the cover-up),” said Atio’s father Horacio Castillo Jr.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Police cadet dies during training exercise in Cavite

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato

MANILA, Philippines – Cadet fourth class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato collapsed during a run on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

The 21-year-old was taking part in the new cadet summer training program of the Philippine National Police Academy.

“Nagkaroon sila ng exercise at road run. Pagkatapos ng road run nila ng ala-singko ng hapon habang nagwa-warm down at stretching ay nakaramdam ng pagkahilo,” explained PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(They had an exercise and a road run. After the road run around 5:00 p.m. during their warm down and stretching exercises, he [Macadato] felt dizzy.)

According to the PNPA, he was rushed to the Camp’s health dispensary and later to Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where he was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU).

But Macadato passed away on Wednesday (May 15).

Banac said the attending physician ruled out hazing as the cause of Macadato’s death.

Macadato died of heat stroke, according to the PNPA, as they were required to do some pull ups and running when he collapsed.

The PNPA said the hot weather may have affected the cadets’ training exercises and promised to look into the possible lapses in the training program.

“Patuloy itong iniimbestigahan ng pamunuan ng PNP…inaalam nila ang kaniyang medical records kung meron mang indikasyon o prone o maaaring naka-apekto, nakatulong at nakapagdulot ng kanyang pagkahilo,” the official said.

(The PNP leadership are investigating the case…they are looking into his medical records to see if there are existing conditions that may have contributed to his dizziness.)

Macadato was one of the 285 Fourth Class Cadets accepted in May 1, 2019 by the PNPA. Their batch was on their 10th training day when the incident happened. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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Mock elections in universities, not reflective of the country’s sentiments – political analysts

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

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As far as several Metro Manila universities are concerned, majority of their students have already decided on who to vote for in the May 13 Midterm Elections.

According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the youth had been a force to reckon with in the last Presidential election and that they still could make a big impact on the May 13 polls.

Based on Comelec data, one third (31%) of the voting population is comprised by the youth, and that the candidates are being wise enough to woo the Millennials for their votes.

In the mock elections held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila and Baguio this April, Liberal Party candidates took the lead, followed by several independent and administration candidates.

The mock election at PUP Manila, on the other hand, showed that an independent candidate took the lead followed by opposition and administration candidates.

Meanwhile, Atty. Larry Gadon’s campaign had been proven effective among the students in De La Salle University Dasmariñas.

The Liberal Party, on the other hand, led in mock elections held at the University of Santo Tomas, the Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

Political analyst Edmund Tayao, however, said the mock elections have no enough bearing on the real elections, and that there is a big difference on the results of the national surveys and the mock elections in universities.

“Kung hihimayin mo ang resulta in terms of segments and sector in society, consistent yan, walang problema. Pero yung sasabihin mo na magiging significant sya sa overall result eh hindi yan ang lumalabas kung ikukumpara sa national surveys [If you will scrutinize the results in terms of segments and sectors in society, they are consistent. But saying that they will be significant in the overall result, it’s not what the national surveys had been showing],” he added.

Several mock elections are still being lined up in various universities. Other political analysts, however, said that mock elections do not reflect the real sentiments of the whole nation. – Maris Federez (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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