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UST expels 8 students over Horacio Castillo III killing

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The University of Santo Tomas says its probe will continue 'until all students who were involved in the hazing incident are held administratively liable'

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

UST law dean Divina, 20 other lawyers face SC probe over Castillo hazing

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) University of Santo Tomas Law Dean Nilo Divina welcomes the opportunity to answer allegations against him, as contained in the Senate committee report

UST Law dean will not resign over Atio Castillo hazing case

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'I did all I could have done under the circumstances to prevent incidents of hazing from happening during my watch as Dean of the UST Faculty of Civil Law,' says Nilo Divina

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Jan 24, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Senate panel recommends disbarment of UST law dean Divina over Atio Castillo hazing

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:39 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Senate public order committee chair Panfilo Lacson calls on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and other justices of the Supreme Court to swiftly penalize lawyers who are members of Aegis Juris fraternity

Dean Nilo Divina, UST Law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Atio's family downplays 'contradiction' between witness, medico-legal

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Castillo's mother Carmina is confident they will have 'the biggest conviction rate' in a single hazing case

WITNESS. Aegis Juris fraternity member Marc Anthony Ventura answers clarificatory questions of the DOJ panel on his tell-all affidavit in the Atio Castillo hazing case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Parents of Atio Castillo grateful for reopening of investigation

Jan 12, 2018 - 6:42 PM

DOJ accepts the affidavit of suspect-turned-witness Aegis Juris fratman Mark Anthony Ventura

CASE IS MOVING. The parents of Atio Castillo attend the DOJ's reopening of preliminary investigation to the killing of their son, Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Jan 11, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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DOJ reopens probe into Atio Castillo hazing

Jan 11, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Castillo's mother calls it a breakthrough that will 'strengthen' their case

REOPENING. The DOJ panel of prosecutors decide to reopen the preilimary investigation to tackle the sensational admission of a suspect-turned-witness.

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Dec 22, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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SC orders release of Aegis Juris fratman from Senate detention

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Arvin Balag, a suspect in the fatal hazing of UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III, has been detained in the Senate for more than two months for contempt

Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

ASEAN on China, Solano on Castillo, Da Vinci painting sold for $450M | Evening wRap

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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'Out of this world' to say Atio Castillo died of hazing – Aegis Juris fratmen

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The disparities between the first and second medico-legal reports of the Manila Police District are suspect, say expert witnesses tapped by John Paul Solano, Axel Munro Hipe, and Mhin Wei Chan

EXPERT WITNESSES. John Paul Solano and lawyer Paterno Esmaquel go to the Department of Justice on November 16, 2017 to submit affidavits of expert witnesses who claim that Horacio Castillo III did not die of hazing. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

MPD 'final' medico-legal report: Atio Castillo died of severe injuries

Nov 09, 2017 - 5:27 PM

(UPDATED) The final report is the same as the much-awaited histopathological report, says the Manila Police District

HORACIO CASE. John Paul Solano's lawyer Paterno Esmaquel submits pleadings to the Department of Justice (DOJ) panel handling the preliminary investigation on the hazing death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

TIMELINE: Death of Horacio Castillo III from alleged Aegis Juris hazing

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:06 PM

(UPDATED) A recap of the case of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III, a freshman UST law student who died from alleged hazing injuries inflicted by Aegis Juris Fraternity members

The different angles in Atio Castillo's hazing case

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Ventura's testimony is seen as a breakthrough in the hazing case, but Senator Lacson asks: could he be a Trojan horse?

HAZING. The death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III triggers Senate investigations that have so far threshed out key details in a sensational case of hazing.

What different documents say on Atio Castillo's cause of death

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:20 PM

There are 4 documents being looked at – the autopsy report, medico-legal report, death certificate, and histopathological report

POLICE DOCUMENTS. Manila Police District Chief Joel Coronel testifies on November 6, 2017 before the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on the different documents they prepared on Horacio Castillo III's cause of death. Photo by Rappler

Who is Aegis Juris' Big Brother? Not me, says Divina

Nov 06, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Senator Grace Poe brings up the ties of UST law dean Nilo Divina's firm with Aegis Juris fraternity, and his supposed meeting with hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Senators ask Aegis Juris fratman: Are you a Trojan horse?

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Fraternity member Mark Ventura vows to tell the truth about the initiation rites that led to the death of Horacio Castillo III

TROJAN HORSE? Senator Panfilo Lacson speaks to reporters after the 3rd Senate committee hearing on the hazing of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

Lacson: If Atio Castillo had heart condition, why was he still hazed?

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The Philippine National Police says Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III died of severe blunt traumatic injuries, and clarifies the cause of death mentioned by Aegis Juris fratman John Paul Solano

CAUSE OF DEATH. Joseph Palmero of the PNP Medico Legal Division says Horacio Castillo III died of severe blunt traumatic injuries.

Aegis Juris head Arvin Balag to stay detained inside Senate

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:30 PM

The fratman asks the Supreme Court to end his detention, a petition which Senator Panfilo Lacson says they will 'fight out'

PROLONGED DETENTION. Aegis Juris Grand Praefectus Arvin Balag stays "a little while longer" inside the Senate. Photo by Rappler

It took fratmen 30-40 minutes to bring Atio Castillo to hospital – witness

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Mark Anthony Ventura also recalls his own initiation rites, telling senators that Aegis Juris members struck him with a paddle 10 times

HAZING. Mark Anthony Ventura recalls his own hazing rite to be admitted to the Aegis Juris fraternity where he would eventually become the Master Initiator 2. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Driver of Aegis Juris fratman denies he drove Atio Castillo to hospital

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Ralph Trangia's driver Romeo Laboga contradicts the claim of fraternity member John Paul Solano

'Negligence' of UST officials partly led to Castillo's death – senators

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang talagang naging kapalit dito ay buhay ng isang bata,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

LIVE: Senate hearing on death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:14 AM

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For parents of Atio, Guillo, ‘the pain doesn’t go away’

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:43 AM

'Who would imagine that come November 1 we would be here at wala na ang anak namin?' says a tearful Horacio Castillo II of his son Atio

GONE TOO SOON. Giullio Cesar Servando and Horacio Castillo II were both 22 years old when they died from hazing.

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Oct 31, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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DOJ denies Solano’s motion to trash evidence taken from frat library

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:37 PM

The prosecution panel also denies Solano’s motion to strike from the record his first affidavit where he lied about seeing a dead Castillo in Tondo

SWEEP. SOCO members look over every inch of the evidence. Rappler sourced photo

Lead fratman in Atio hazing: Prove there was abuse of superior strength

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:52 PM

Arvin Balag invokes the provisions of the law in light of a sensational testimony that names him as being the one who delivered the fatal paddle hit on Horacio Castillo III

GRAND PRAEFECTUS. Arvin Balag is the leader of Aegis Juris fratenity and is named by two of his fraternity brothers so far – John Paul Solano and Mark Anthony Ventura. Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

Fratman identified in Atio hazing blocks witness testimony

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The lawyer for Alex Bose also files a motion to issue a show cause order against reporters who published the content of Mark Ventura’s affidavit

WITNESS. Mark Anthony Ventura, identified as the Secretary of Aegis Juris Fraternity, is admitted to the DOJ-run Witness Protection Program (WPP). Photo courtesy of the DOJ

UST's Divina denies Atio Castillo met with him 5 days before hazing

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:40 PM

UST Faculty of Civil Law dean Nilo Divina also claims the complaint against him is 'obviously being driven' by those seeking to 'persecute' and 'humiliate' him

FRATMAN. UST Law Dean Nilo Divina says he's considering quitting Aegis Juris fraternity altogether after the case of the hazing death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III.

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Oct 29, 2017 - 11:54 AM

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BACK FROM BATTLE. About 160 members of Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces arrive at Pier 4 of North Port in Manila on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, after months of fighting against local terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Death certificate shows Atio died due to existing heart condition

Oct 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Citing Castillo's death certificate, hazing suspect Solano insists Atio died due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and not hazing. Castillo's parents say their son died because of blood trauma.

'CAUGHT IN THE MESS.' Suspect John Paul Solano says the consequences are too severe for being the guy who was just caught in the mess. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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DOJ puts UST's Divina on immigration lookout over Atio Castillo case

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:36 PM

(UPDATED) Some of the names in the lookout order check out with the names that appear in the group chat of Aegis Juris alumni who held a meeting when Castillo was killed

LOOKOUT. UST Law Dean Nilo Divina, also an alumnus of Aegis Juris fraternity, is on the immigration lookout order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Aegis Juris fratman, Cayetano, Jack Ma | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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'Axel Hipe was leader of 4-hour hazing of Horacio Castillo III'

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:39 PM

'It was the decision of the initiator, kung okay na, puputok na, tama na, it was the call of the master initiator,' Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes says quoting state witness Mark Ventura

DEFENSE. Alleged Aegis Juris master initiator Axel Munro Hipe subscribes to his counter-affidavit at the Department of Justice on October 24, 2017, where he claims there is no probable cause to charge him with murder. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Solano claims judge who issued frat library search warrant falsified docs

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:05 PM

John Paul Solano's motion for inhibition against Judge Reynaldo Alhambra is instantly denied, but the fratman's lawyer says they will file a motion for reconsideration

MOTION TO QUASH. Aegis Juris fratman and suspect John Paul Solano attends a hearing at the Manila RTC Branch 53 on October 25, 2017, on his motion to quash the search warrant on the fraternity library. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aegis Juris fratman turns state witness, tells all

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mark Ventura tells investigators that when the fratmen at the initiation rites saw Atio Castillo move after he collapsed, they paddled him again

STATE WITNESS. Mark Ventura (middle) signs the document on his admission into the Witness Protection Program in connection to the case of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Senators slam Solano for 'lying, covering up' death of Atio Castillo

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

'Ngayon naman ay hindi na ang Senado ang ginagago ni John Paul Solano kundi ginagago niya na ang buong Pilipinas,' says Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Solano's claim that Atio Castillo died due to a pre-existing heart condition

Aegis Juris Fraternity members at senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva

How Aegis Juris fratmen are defending themselves in Atio Castillo slay case

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Alleged Aegis Juris master initiator Axel Munro Hipe says Facebook group chats are inadmissible evidence, while Ralph Trangia says there is no evidence he was involved in the initiation rites

DEFENSE. Alleged Aegis Juris master initiator Axel Munro Hipe subscribes to his counter-affidavit at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on October 24, 2017, where he claims there is no probable cause to charge him of murder. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Oct 24, 2017 - 8:31 PM

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Atio Castillo died of pre-existing heart condition – Solano

Oct 24, 2017 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) Horacio's parents criticize the use of Solano's expert opinion as medical technologist, saying a cardiologist should have been cited instead

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Oct 22, 2017 - 12:22 PM

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A tale of 2 mothers in the Atio Castillo hazing 'coverup'

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:03 PM

After the 2nd Senate hearing, senators and authorities are convinced there was intention to conceal the facts surrounding the death of 22-year-old Horacio Castillo III due to hazing

HAZING. The Senate conducts its second hearing on the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III.

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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Oct 19, 2017 - 10:50 AM

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ANTI-HAZING LAW. Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

What's inside the Aegis Juris alumni chat box when Atio was killed

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:46 AM

At the Senate hearing, the Manila Police release screenshots of Facebook Messenger exchanges between fraternity members planning a cover-up in the death of UST law freshman Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

COVER-UP? Recently publicized chat box exchanges may point to a concealment that goes beyond the contemporaries of Horacio Castillo III