Wala pala kayo eh! Atio Castillo’s death shows Aegis Juris’ motto a hypocrisy- The Varsitarian
The death of University of Santo Tomas freshman law student Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III after allegedly undergoing hazing shows that the Aegis Juris fraternity’s motto is a fluke, The Varsitarian wrote.
In its editorial posted September 20, UST’s official student paper noted that Aegis Juris took pride in its motto of “Do no injustice, suffer no injustice.” Its official seal also features a shield of justice.
“With the brutal death of neophyte Horacio Tomas Castillo III allegedly from hazing, the motto has been exposed as nothing but mockery and hypocrisy,” it said.
Castillo, 22, was found by his parents at a funeral parlor in Sampaloc, Manila on September 18 after informing them over the weekend he would be attending Aegis Juris’ “welcoming rites” inside UST grounds.
The Varsitarian said Castillo may have been lured to join the fraternity because of the perks it offers, and the fact that no less than the dean of the UST Faculty of Civil Law, Nilo Divina, is a member.
“Since hazing is outlawed and Aegis Juris consists of aspiring lawyers if not full-fledged members of the bar, the fraternity should be devoted to the rule of the law. But Castillo and his parents were proven wrong,” it said.
By beating Castillo to death, The Varsitarian said Aegis Juris “seems to have considered itself above the law, even ready to undermine it.”