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Fratman breaks down on witness stand in Atio Castillo trial

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Aegis Juris member Marc Anthony Ventura identifies his 10 fraternity brothers who are charged for the hazing-related death of the UST freshman law student

Witness Mark Ventura verifies his sworn statement before panel of prosecutors during the reopening of the preliminary investigation on the hazing death of Horacio Castillo III at Department of Justice in Manila. Also present are Atio's parents Horacio Castillo Jr. and Carminia Castillo. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aegis juris fratmen plead not guilty in Atio Castillo hazing case

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The prosecution will present its first witness on August 14

Members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity are escorted by jail guards as they attend their arraignment in connection to the Atio Castillo hazing charges at the Manila RTC Branch 20 at the Manila City Hall on July 24, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Aegis Juris fratmen transferred from NBI to Manila City Jail

May 22, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) In ordering the transfer, a Manila judge cites the rule that an arrested person should be brought to the 'nearest police station or jail'

Members of Aegis Juris fraternity is being taken out of NBI Detention cell for their transfer to Manila City Jail in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aegis Juris fratman asks DOJ to review hazing charges

May 22, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Ralph Trangia files a petition for review before the Department of Justice

PETITION. Aegis Juris fratenity member Ralph Trangia files a petition for review before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider the hazing charges filed against him. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Manila judge inhibits from Atio Castillo hazing case

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Judge Alfredo Ampuan grants the motion for inhibition despite disagreeing with the grounds cited by the fraternity members

Parents of Aegis Juris fratmen appeal for NBI detention

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:43 AM

“The Manila Police District is not and cannot be an objective and independent custodian of our children,” the parents tell the NBI

Ten members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity voluntary surrenders before the NBI on March 23, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Brotherhood up to the end: Aegis Juris fratmen surrender together

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:37 PM

'I see these 10 accused and I see the suffering of my son. They put in their own hands the life of my Atio,' says Carmina Castillo

Ten members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity voluntary surrenders before the NBI on March 23, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

10 Aegis Juris fratmen now in NBI custody

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin says all 10 were 'picked up' by an agent in one location, and arrived at the headquarters in Manila around 11 am on Friday, March 23

IN CUSTODY. Aegis Juris fratmen are now with the NBI. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Fratmen in Atio Castillo case want Manila judge to inhibit

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The fratmen allege that Judge Alfredo Ampuan is the brother-in-law of Dante Jimenez, head of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, who assisted the Castillos during the preliminary investigation

Life on the line for young fratmen, but Atio Castillo’s mom feels numb

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:16 PM

'They committed a crime they thought they can get away with; now they have all the time to think about what they did,' says Castillo's mother Carmina

COURT BATTLE. Ralph Trangia, who fled for the United States when the news first broke out, is back in the Philippines and attends his first court hearing on March 16, 2018, at the Manila RTC over the hazing death of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aegis Juris fratmen in Atio Castillo slay case move for bail

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:13 AM

They reiterate the argument that Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III died of a pre-existing heart condition, and attack the expertise of the Philippine National Police's medico-legal officer

BAIL. Aegis Juris fraternity member Jose Miguel Salamat moves for bail before the Manila court hearing their hazing charges over the death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Atio Castillo’s mom: Others not indicted will eventually fall

Mar 08, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'We know that they are guilty,' says Atio Castillo's mom Carmina

Horacio Castillo’s family at the Senate Session of the Anti-Hazing Law on Ferbruary 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ indicts 10 fratmen for hazing in Atio Castillo slay

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:39 PM

The Department of Justice drops all charges against UST law dean Nilo Divina

HAZING. UST Freshman law student Horacio "Atio" Castillo died due to an alleged hazing by the Aegis Juris fraternity.

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

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

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.

'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

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

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

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

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Senate panel cites Aegis Juris leader in contempt, orders detention

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATE) Senate public order committee chairman Panfilo Lacson directs the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to place Arvin Balag in detention after the hearing

'Tell me what happened,' Atio Castillo's mother asks frat members

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Carmina Castillo looks into the eyes of 6 Aegis Juris fraternity members seated across her and her husband, and tells them to give back Atio's phone, eyeglasses, and watch

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

Grace Poe asks Divina to take leave of absence as UST law dean

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'Just continue lecturing but you don’t have to be dean,' Senator Grace Poe tells UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina at the Senate hearing on the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Solano names fratmen he saw the morning Atio Castillo was killed

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) John Paul Solano identifies 6 Aegis Juris fratmen and one non-member, Romeo Laboga, the family driver of Ralph Trangia

UNCENSORED. John Paul Solano recounts his involvement in the death of Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate allows public release of Solano testimony in executive session

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Senate votes unanimously to release the testimony of John Paul Solano, one of the suspects in the killing of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

HAZING. John Paul Solano during a Senate hearing on the death of Horacio Castillo III due to hazing. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trash all evidence pulled from Aegis Juris library – Solano camp

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:59 AM

John Paul Solano's lawyers find at least 3 irregularities in the search conducted by Manila police of the Aegis Juris frat house-library

FACING THE MUSIC. John Paul Solano's legal team arrives at the Department of Justice. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Parents of Horacio Castillo III accuse Nilo Divina of murder

Oct 09, 2017 - 7:41 PM

The parents of Horacio Castillo III suspect UST law dean Nilo Divina of covering up for his younger Aegis Juris fraternity brothers

Horacio II and Carmina Castillo, parents of slain University of Santo Tomas Law student Horacio Castillo III, take oath during the hearing on various cases filed against members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity at the Department of Justice on October 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Castillo camp mistakenly sues dead Aegis Juris member

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:18 PM

The Castillo family blames Aegis Juris for the mistake, as the fraternity failed to update its documents at the Securities and Exchange Commission

CASTILLO CASE. Parents of Horacio Castillo III face the DOJ panel. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler