Court junks unjust vexation case filed by UST dean vs. Lorna Kapunan
Lawyer Lorna Kapunan has been cleared by a Manila court from an unjust vexation case concerning derogatory remarks she made against University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina.
The case concerns the Kapunan’s interview that was published by UST’s official publication, the Varsitarian.
Kapunan, who is the lawyer of the parents of slain hazing victim Horacio Castillo III, made statements in the article concerning the hazing case which linked the involvement of Divina.
The dean has already been cleared of liabilities by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
In a decision, Manila Judge Karla Abugan ruled that prosecution failed “to establish by preponderance of evidence [that] the accused’s statement constitutes a culpable act of vexing Dean Divina.”
The magistrate also pointed out “there is a possibility, no matter how slight or remote, that the statement was uttered in good faith and with good intentions.”
Meanwhile, 10 members of the Aegis Juris fraternity remain detained as they face hazing charges for the death of their neophyte, Castillo who also studied law in UST.