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DOJ indicts 11 fratmen, clears UST dean over Atio slay

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted 11 members of Aegis Juris fraternity over the death of University of Sto. Tomas (UST) freshman student Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III.

In a 47-page resolution, the DOJ recommended filing of charges for violating Republic Act 8049 (the Anti-Hazing Law) Aegis Juris president Arvin Balag, Ralph Trangia, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Mhin Wei Chan Danielle Hans Matthew Rodrigo, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Axel Munro Hipe, Marelino Bagtang, Jose Miguel Salamat, and Robin Ramos.

No bail was recommended for all the accused.

The DOJ also recommended charging Aegis Juris member John Paul Solano with perjury and obstruction of justice.

“Based on the evidence at hand, there is probable cause to indict the following respondents: Balag, Trangia, Onofre, han, Rodrigo, Macabali, Hipe, Bagtang, Salamat, and Ramos,” the resolution read.

“The presence and participation of the said respondents in the initiation rites were established by the statements of both respondents Solano and [Mark Anthony] Ventura,” it added.

The Justice Department meanwhile cleared UST civil law dean Nilo Divina from charges due to the lack of probable cause and insufficiency of evidence.