THE University of Santo Tomas has ordered the expulsion of eight law students for their alleged involvement in the death of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
The university’s official publication, The Varsitarian, reported Sunday that the eight civil law students had been found “guilty of violating the Code of Conduct and Discipline” and were ordered expelled.
The students were not identified in the report.
The resolution was handed down by a fact-finding committee formed by UST Rector Herminio Dagohoy on Sept. 19, 2017.
The committee investigation is ongoing and it vowed to continue its probe until all the students involved in Castillo’s death were punished.
“The University reiterates its commitment to ferret out the truth, determine liability and impose the appropriate sanctions,” the school said in a statement.
“In the Eucharistic Celebrations held at the UST Faculty of Civil Law, at the Santuario de San Antonio during the wake and at the UST Chapel during the day of mourning for the death of Horacio, UST has always been one with the Castillo family in the steadfast call for everyone to pray and work together to achieve justice for Horacio and for truth to prevail.
“It recommended a comprehensive review of the Student Handbook and the accreditation process for organizations. It issued an indefinite moratorium on the recruitment and all other activities of all fraternities and sororities in the University.”
The University also repeated its ongoing campaign to work with the Manila Police District and the National Bureau of Investigation to identify the members of the Aegis Juris fraternity who ere involved in Castillo’s death.
The first resolution was released by the committee after Castillo’s mother, Carminian, condemned the university for supposedly abandoning her son.
The Castillo family has threatened to file a complaint against the school with the Vatican.
Criminal charges have been filed against the members of the fraternity who allegedly had a hand in Castillo’s death.