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Mawawalan ba ng lisensya? SC starts disbarment process vs. Nilo Divina, Aegis Juris abogados

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“This is a great day for justice.”

Sen. Migz Zubiri stressed this on Tuesday after learning that the Supreme Court already began disbarment proceedings against UST Dean Nilo Divina and 18 other lawyers allegedly involved in the cover up of the death of freshman law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III due to hazing.

They respondents are all members of the Aegis Juris fraternity. They allegedly tried to conceal vital information on the circumstances that led to the Castillo’s death in September 2017.

Zubiri took the floor to break the “good news” to his fellow senators.

“We received, through the Office of Sen. Lacson the good chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, a letter from the Supreme Court that (states) that the lawyers mentioned in the possible cover up in the Atio Castillo hazing case that were mentioned repeatedly in Facebook posts and social media are now undergoing investigation by the Supreme Court for disbarment proceedings utilizing the committee report that we approved last week,” he said.

“So, I’d like to congratulate the Supreme Court for the swift action. As soon as they received the committee report of Sen. Lacson they took cognizance and immediately approved the resolution for the investigation on the disbarment of the (concerned) individuals,” he said.

Zubiri added, “You know the law profession once again has shined in this moment. Because that moment when we were investigating we’re very frustrated with lawyers.”

“But now we could see because of the swift action of the Supreme Court that justice is slowly grinding and moving forward in our country,” he said.

The senator said that he already informed Castillo’s family. “And when I called Minnie Castillo, the mother of Atio, coincidentally, (they) were in his grave today in Manila Memorial giving flowers to the son.”

“So, she burst into tears thanking all of us here in the Senate especially the committee for the committee report that came out. She’s very appreciative,” Zubiri said.

The Supreme Court has ordered Divina and the following lawyers to answer the administrative complaint against them: Marvi Abo, Alston Kevin Anarna, Edzel Bert Canlas, Cecilio Jimeno, Ferdinand Rogelio, Eric Fuentes, Cesar Ocampo Ona, Gaile Dante Caraan, Henry Pablo, Jr., Jet Villaroman, Cesar Dela Fuente, Niño Kjell Servañez, Manuel Angelo Ventura 3rd, Michael Vito, Arthur Capili, Irvin Joseph Fabella, Edwin Uy, Allan Christopher Agati.