Aegis Juris fraternity members barred from entering UST
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The dean of the Faculty of Civil Law of the University of Santo Tomas has barred all officers and members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity from entering the campus and attending classes following the death of first year law student Horacio Castillo III.
A memorandum signed by Dean Nilo Divina – himself an Aegis member – on Monday, September 18, ordered frat members "preventively suspended...to ensure unobstructed investigation" into the death of Castillo.
Castillo was found by a witness wrapped in a blanket and sprawled on the pavement in Balut, Tondo, Manila, on Sunday, September 17. He was brought to the Chinese General Hospital, where he was "declared dead on arrival" hours later.
Earlier, the UST issued a statement vowing "to ensure that the perpetrators be meted the appropriate sanctions and brought to justice."
Horacio Castillo II, father of the victim, said he believes his son died during hazing rites that were part of a fraternity initiation.
Based on reports, the law dean said members of the Juris Aegis "would not be allowed to enter the campus or the Faculty of Civil Law or attend classes under further orders." The order would be "for strict and immediate compliance."
"Investigation will be immediately conducted to determine culpability so that appropriate sanctions may be imposed," Divina said.
Calls for justice for Castillo immediately spread on social media. (READ: 'You don't murder your brother': People demand #JusticeForHoracio) – Rappler.com