Baka mauna pa anti-hazing law: Zubiri tells DOJ to finally file case vs Atio killers
Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri on Monday called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) finally file the charges against those alleged to be criminally liable in the fatal hazing of University of Santo Tomas(UST) freshman law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
Zubiri made the appeal as the Senate approved on third and final reading the measure providing more teeth and completely bans all forms of hazing.
“I would like to put on record to appeal to the DOJ to finally file the case at court. Apparently the resolution is ready for filing. Let’s not delay any further. Mauuna pa yung batas sa kaso,” the senator said on the floor after they unanimously voted on the bill.
“I-file na po ‘yung kaso para sila ay makulong na. Let the fight be at the courts. And let them prove their innocence if they are innocents. That is my last appeal to the DOJ and the prosecution service,” said Zubiri.
The passage of Senate bill No. 1662 which amends RA 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law, was expedited due to the Castillo case.
“I thank this chamber for the swift action on the anti-hazing law and the death of these people, most especially, Atio Castillo did not go in vain. The fight still continues,” he said.
“We hope that there’ll be no more senseless deaths such as these. I have children too. Ten years from now, when my son goes to college, I don’t want him to suffer the same fate, for the sake of brotherhood and sisterhood.
There’s many ways to be able to earn your right to be a brother or a sister without having to beat one another to death,” said Zubiri.
While the case of Castillo was already submitted for resolution last year, the DOJ last month announced the reopening of its investigation due to the submission of the sworn affidavit of one of the principal suspects turned witness, Marc Ventura.
Ventura, a member of Aegis Juris fraternity that held the initiation rites on Castillo, is already under the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP) and his testimony is considered a material evidence in the resolution of the case.