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Nagpalusot pa! UST officials claim assuming Aegis Juris was accredited

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By: Xave Gregorio

Officials of the University of Santo Tomas admitted that Aegis Juris was “presumed to have regularity” when the fraternity was present during the Faculty of Civil Law’s freshman orientation in August.

Senator Grace Poe quizzed UST officials after photos presented at the third Senate hearing on the death of UST Law freshman Horacio Castillo III showed Aegis Juris members being present during the freshman orientation this year.

UST Office for Student Affairs Director Socorro Guan Hing and Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina replied that Aegis Juris was presumed to have regularity, as they were recognized in the previous academic year.

However, they maintained that Aegis Juris was not recognized this year after being denied accreditation in September due to lacking documents.

Aegis Juris applied for recognition for the current academic year as early as July, said Guan Hing.

It was only in the second week of September, or before Castillo’s death, when they released the recognition statuses of organizations, she continued.

However, Poe did not seem convinced. “It seems that UST only refused to recognize Aegis Juris due to public clamor,” she said.

Poe also noted that the deadline for accreditation was on June 30, while Aegis Juris submitted their recognition papers on July 12.