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Divina on hazing case: ‘My conscience is clear’

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Divina on hazing case: ‘My conscience is clear’
Hazing victim Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III -- FB PAGE

DEAN Nilo T. Divina of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law yesterday defended himself against accusations of his involvement in the alleged attempted cover-up of the death of a UST law student from fraternity hazing. Mr. Divina, in an e-mailed statement, said, “Whatever version of the story is foisted upon the public, my conscience is clear. I am at peace in the knowledge that I have not transgressed the law or breached any moral obligation.” Student Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III was found dead on Sept. 17 after supposedly attending a “welcome ceremony” of the Aegis Juris fraternity. Mr. Divina is a member of the fraternity, but has previously claimed that he has not been participating in the group’s activities. “I repeat, I did not know Atio personally. I have done everything in my power to prevent hazing and any form of violence which are against my fundamentally held beliefs. I have also done what I could to extend help to the family and assist in the police investigation,” he said. Mr. Castillo’s death has prompted a Congressional review of the country’s law on hazing. Mr. Divina has filed three libel cases against Lorna Kapunan, the Castillo family’s lawyer. — Andrea Louise E. San Juan

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