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Lawyer linked to Atio Castillo death cover-up to run for Cavite board member

Rambo Talabong

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Lawyer linked to Atio Castillo death cover-up to run for Cavite board member
'Tuloy-tuloy po tayo sa pagbabago,' promises lawyer Kevin Anarna, who was linked in the fatal hazing of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Anarna, one of the Aegis Juris Fraternity alumni lawyers tagged in the fatal hazing and coverup of University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, is running in the 2019 elections.

Anarna himself made the announcement in his own public Facebook page in a post dated October 17, which consisted of photos of him filing his certificate of candidacy for provincial board member in Cavite’s 5th district.

“Filing of Certificate of Candidacy for Board Member of 5th District Cavite. Maraming salamat po sa mainit na pagsuporta lalo na sa aking buong pamilya. Tuloy-tuloy po tayo sa pagbabago. God bless everyone!” Anarna’s caption read.

(Thank you to everyone for their warm support especially to my entire family. We will continue pushing for change. God bless everyone.)

Anarna’s district covers the municipalities of Carmona, General Mariano Alvarez, and Silang.


COC FILED. Kevin Anarna submits his certificate of candidacy. Screenshot from Anarna's Facebook page

Remember Atio: Horacio Castillo III, fondly called Atio, was the UST law school student believed to have been beaten to death in an initiation ceremony of the Aegis Juris Fraternity on September 17, 2018.

The suspects of Castillo’s death were no less than the seniors of the fraternity which promised him companionship in the turbulence of law school studies. (TIMELINE: Death of Horacio Castillo III from alleged Aegis Juris hazing)

It sparked national outrage against the perennial problem of fraternity hazing in universities, triggering a probe in the Senate, which was followed by charges against 10 fratmen who are currently detained in the Manila City Jail.

Castillo would have turned 23 on May 26, 2018.

'ATIO'. UST law student Horacio Castillo III. Photo from Castillo's Facebook profile

Anarna’s involvement in Atio case: Anarna was not included among the 10 fratmen who were accused of participating in the deadly ceremony. 

Along with UST Law Dean Nilo Divina and 17 other lawyers, Anarna was determined by the Senate public order committee “to have had knowledge of the death of Castillo and failed to report the same to the authorities.”

He was identified by police as part of the Aegis Juris alumni chatbox which planned how the fraternity could avoid charges during the early days of the explosive case. (READ: What’s inside the Aegis Juris alumni chat box when Atio was killed)

In the chatbox, Anarna is believed to have told fratmen to clean up their fraternity library where the hazing was done, allegedly saying, “Bukas makakakuha na sila (pulis) [ng] search warrant sa frat lib. Sana malinis na. Matangga[l] na ang paddle d’un.” 

(Cops might get a search warrant as early as tomorrow for the fraternity library. I hope it’s already clean and the paddle is taken out.)

Anarna is among the lawyers recommended by the Senate panel for “immediate institution of proper disciplinary or disbarment proceedings” before the Supreme Court. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.