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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

DOJ junks appeal to charge UST law dean Divina in Atio Castillo case

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The Department of Justice dismisses the petition of the parents of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III as it was filed too late. It also denies the petitions for review of Marcelino Bagtang and Ralph Trangia, which means all 10 Aegis Juris fratmen will stand trial for hazing.

CLEARED. The Department of Justice (DOJ) junks an appeal to charge UST Law Dean Nilo Divina in the Horacio "Atio" Castillo hazing case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte signs law on total hazing ban

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

With the signing of the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018, all forms of hazing are illegal. The law also imposes fines as additional penalties for those who plan and participate in hazing rituals.

CA to Makati court: Reopen hazing case vs Tau Gamma Phi members

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Court of Appeals says the Makati City Regional Trial Court erred when it previously dismissed the case against 5 fraternity members implicated in the death of Guillo Cesar Servando

REVIVED. The Court of Appeals orders the Regional Trial Court of Makati City to revive its case against members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity. File photo from CA website

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

UST student affairs office suspends recognition of new orgs

Apr 14, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The University of Santo Tomas Office for Student Affairs suspended the recognition of new student organizations for the new school year but did not state any particular reason

PNP Academy beatings: Tradition turning into tragedy

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Rappler interviews alumni from different batches of the PNP Academy, revealing how a treasured tradition recently wound up as tragedy

LIST: 44 PNP Academy cadets face charges over 2018 graduation mauling

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The 44 cadets face administrative charges for grave misconduct or neglect of duty

PNP Academy cadets 'threatened' by seniors to join 2018 mauling

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:45 PM

An investigation panel finds that Philippine National Police Academy cadets from lower batches were ordered to join the mauling or else they would be harmed

VIOLENCE IN PNPA. Academy cadets march inside Camp Castañeda. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Apr 02, 2018 - 6:36 PM

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PNP Academy beating caught on video may just be 'celebratory' – Dela Rosa

Apr 02, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Even the PNP's top officials trade blows in jest, says Director General Ronald dela Rosa, who then demonstrates 'playful' punches during a press briefing

IN JEST. PNP chief Dela Rosa demonstrates how he punches fellow generals to greet them. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP chief Dela Rosa: Academy hazings made me who I am today

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:14 AM

''Yung lahat ng dinaanan kong paghihirap, diyan ako naging disiplinado at diyan ako naging director ngayon,' says Dela Rosa

WHAT DOES IT TAKE? PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa speaks at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters on Monday, March 26, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Mar 28, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Special board created to probe PNP Academy beatings

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The team is organized by the Philippine Public Safety College, which oversees the Philippine National Police Academy

ISOLATED CASE? Philippine National Police Academy cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

PNP: Academy beatings violate anti-hazing law

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:18 AM

But the Philippine National Police says it will not initiate a criminal investigation into a PNP Academy beating that supposedly happened in 2017, adding that the Philippine Public Safety College should start the probe

ACADEMY BEATING. PNPA cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

[EXCLUSIVE] Video in 2017 shows beating at PNP Academy

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:10 PM

A source identifies one of the punishers in the 2017 video as one of the victims in the 2018 PNPA graduation mauling: Police Inspector Ylam Lambenecio

TRADITION? PNPA cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Rappler screengrab

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

Manila court orders arrest of 10 fratmen in Atio Castillo slay

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'This Court finds probable cause and that there is necessity for placing all the accused under custody in order not to frustrate the ends of justice,' says Manila RTC Branch 40 Presiding Judge Alfredo Ampuan

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

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 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

Families of victims shed tears as Congress OKs bill banning hazing

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'I was teary-eyed. I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time,' says Corazon Icasiano, whose son Alex died due to hazing in 1998

VICTIMS. The families of hazing victims Horacio Castillo III, Alex Icasiano, and Guillo Servando attend the Senate session on Monday, February 12, to witness the passage of the Anti-Hazing Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:41 AM

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PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa (center), NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde (right) and QCPD Director Guillermo Eleazar during press conference at Camp Crame on Friday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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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

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.

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

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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

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.

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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

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.