Walang kawala: Manila court junks Atio hazers’ bid to stop arrests

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The suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo will not evade their impending arrests.

This after Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 40 Presiding Judge Alfredo Ampuan denied the motions to suspend the issuance of arrest warrants against Aegis Juris fraternity members charged over the death of Castillo last year.

Ampuan said he would proceed to determining probable cause to issue warrants against the 10 accused including Aegis Juris officers Arvin Balag, Ralph Trangia, Oliver John Onofre, Mhin Wei Chan and Axel Munro Hipe; and members Danielle Hans Rodrigo, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Marcelino Bagtang, Robin Ramos, and Jose Miguel Salamat.

Ampuan denied Trangia’s motion to suspend the issuance of a warrant of arrest on the basis of continuous trial.

He also denied similar motions filed by Salamat, Ramos and Bagtang.

Meanwhile, Chan, Salamat, Balag, Rodrigo and Ramos’ motions for bail will be set for hearing only after the court has determined probable cause and only after their arraignment and pretrial.