Castillo Family Says Death of Atio “Barbaric,” Demands Justice for the Killers

The Death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III last Monday once again opened the inhuman behavior of some fraternity groups in the Philippines such as the Aegis Juris.

Based on the statement of the Castillo family, they death of the young Castillo is “barbaric” after he joined the brotherhood of the Aegis Juris fraternity and died during the hazing rites.

“Clearly killed by criminals from the Aegis Juris fraternity in a blatant act of hazing,” stated by the family of the victim as quoted by the news online. Adelfa Villar has this statement and given by the Castillo family during the wake of Atio at the Santuario  de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City.

“While the death of Atio is still under investigation, it is clear to us that Atio was killed by criminals from the Aegis Juris fraternity in a blatant act of hazing. We are outraged that barbaric and criminal acts continue to be performed in the false name of brotherhood,” the statement of the family continued.

Villar is the lawyer of the Castillo’s and they are also urging the school and its Dean to help them about the ongoing investigation of the case.

“We call on Dean Nilo Divina to exhibit heroic leadership and champion the rights of Atio, his fallen student, regardless if his affiliation with this fraternity,” said family as quoted by inquirer.net.

The loved ones of the killed young Castillo also want the fraternity members to reveal the exact killers and serve justice. They also promised Atio that they will never stop and rest until they get justice for his “barbaric” death.

In line with this issue, one of the primary suspects of the UST law student killing came out on Friday in Taguig City at Senator Panfilo Lacson’s office. The authority identified him as John Paul Solano and this somehow open a good lead to identity the other suspects who took part of the hazing.

Senator Lacson is the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chairperson and is preparing to investigate the case. Solano has a lawyer with him when he went to the office and the chief of the MPD and the UST Dean are also present.

They did not yet open the wake of Atio in public as requested by his family.

 

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PRC Manila Receives Bomb Threat, MPD Declares Call Hoax

The Manila office of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) received a phone call about bomb threat on Friday and the police authority said it is a hoax.

According from the news reports, somebody contacted the phone number of the office and the security guard answered the caller who said that there will be an explosion inside the building of PRC in Sampaloc. They immediately search for the bomb and they did not discover anything inside the building premises.

From the statement of Superintendent Aquino Olivar, the declared the building cleared around 2pm after almost 2 hours of searching conduction by the Manila Police District (MPD) explosive and ordinance division.

“Actually ‘yung bomb threat chismis lang daw sabi nung security guard ng Eastwest Bank na malapit. Narinig lang n’ya tapos sinabi n’ya sa security guard ng PRC, na imbis na sabihin magreport, sinabi lang n’ya sa mga empleyado ng PRC na nag-cause ng alarm,” said Olivar as quoted by the SunStar.com.ph.

The Superintendent likewise PRC chairperson Teofilo Pilando Jr. reported about the hoax bomb threat when he called the MPD after learning about the information from the security guard who talked to an unknown person over the phone around 11am.

Olivar is the current Sampaloc Police Chief.

The employees inside the building needed to leave the entire place to secure themselves and allow the bomb experts to conduct their search operation, the news report added.

From the shared information also, the resumption of the regular work at the PRC office will be on May 15, 2017.

 

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