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Disbarment vs UST law dean Divina, other Aegis Juris members underway – Zubiri

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Disbarment proceedings against 21 of the so-called principal accused in the fatal hazing of law student Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III is already underway even as criminal charges are yet to be filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Among those subject of the disbarment proceedings before the Supreme Court are members of Aegis Juris fraternity led by University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina.

Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri disclosed to colleagues on the floor the action taken by the high court based on the recommendation of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson following an investigation on the Castillo case.

“Today is a great day for justice. We received, through the office of Sen. Lacson, notice from the SC, that those mentioned, the lawyers mentioned in the possible (alleged) cover up of the Atio Castillo case that were mentioned repeatedly in Facebook and social media are now undergoing investigation by the SC for disbarment proceedings, utilizing the committee report that we approved last week,” Zubiri said in his manifestation.

The senator lauded the high court for the swift action immediately after being furnished a copy of the committee report submitted to the chamber by Lacson.

“They took cognizance and immediately they approved a resolution for the investigation on the disbarment of these individuals. Again I would like to thank the SC for their swift action,” he said.

“You know the law profession has shined in this moment. That moment when we were investigating, we’re very frustrated with lawyers. But we can see, because of the swift action of the SC, justice is slowly grinding and moving forward in our country,” said Zubiri.

Incidentally, the family of Castillo happened to be at his grave in Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City when the senator relayed to them the news on the said SC en banc notice.

“When I called Minnie Castillo, the mother of Atio, she burst into tears thanking all of us in the Senate especially the committee report that had come out and she’s very appreciative. Again thank you to the SC,” the senator said.

The SC en banc resolution dated Feb. 6 on the motu propio action for some members of the Bar alleged to have been involved in enabling or covering up the offenses and or perpetrators in the hazing and death of Castillo.

The court resolved to treat the letter transmitted by Lacson for the disciplinary and or disbarment proceedings recommended by the latter’s committee to the Aegis Juris fraternity members and resolved to treat it as a complaint against lawyers Marvi Abo, Alston Kevin Anarna, Edzel Bert Canlas, Cecilio Jimeno, Ferdinand Rogelio, Eric Fuentes,
Cesar Ocampo Ona, Gaile Dante Acuzar Caraan, Gem Dimaculangan, Alfonso Verzosa, Henry Pablo Jr. Jet Dela Peña Villaroman, Cesar Dela Fuente, Niño Kjell Servañez, Manuel Angelo Ventura III, Michael Vito, Arthur Capili, Irvin Joseph Fabella, Edwin Uy, Allan Christopeher Agati, and Divina.