UST expels 8 law students implicated in Atio Castillo fatal hazing

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MANILA : As reported by Inquirer.net , the University of Santo Tomas has ordered the expulsion of eight law students implicated in the fatal hazing of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Said report was based from statement posted Sunday on the website of the The Varsitarian, the official student publication of the university.

The statement said a committee that was tasked to investigate the death of the 22-year-old Castillo, freshman and a neophyte of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, issued a resolution finding the eight students guilty of violating the university’s Code of Conduct and Discipline and would impose “the supreme penalty of expulsion.” The names of the expelled students were withheld.

“We thank UST for their actions, but they still need to answer a lot of questions, like how about the faculty members?” Carmina Castillo, the law freshman’s mother, was quoted as saying in another article posted by The Varsitarian. “They are as much involved since they knew about Atio’s death Sunday morning or noon and they did not even call the police to report or at least surrender to the police the fraternity members.”

According to the UST statement, the university rector, the Very Rev. Herminio Dagohoy, formed the investigating committee on Sept. 19, 2017, two days after Atio‘s death. It is composed of six administrators and a representative from the Central Student Council.

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