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UST law dean suspects hazing case connected with failed impeachment bid of Bautista

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University of Sto. Tomas (UST) law dean Nilo Divina believes he was only included in the criminal raps over the death of hazing victim Horatio “Atio” Castillo III because of the failed impeachment complaint against former Commission on Election (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.

In the counter-affidavit he filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday (October 30), Divina reminded that lawyer Lorna Kapunan is the legal counsel of Bautista’s wife Patricia who accused the former Comelec chief of having unexplained wealth.

“It is public knowledge that the new counsel of the complainants is the same lawyer who had been trying to implicate me and my law firm in the Impeachment Complaint filed against then Chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec),” Divina said in his counter-affidavit.

“At that time, their Impeachment Complaint had just been dismissed by the Committee on Justice,” he recounted.

Patricia had claimed Divina has been giving commissions to Bautista for referring clients to the Divina law firm.

In the same counter-affidavit, Divina asked the DOJ to exclude him as a respondent in the hazing case he has no knowledge Atio underwent Aegis Juris fraternity initiation rites.