June 19, 2018, 11:30 pm
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Frat hazing time again...

FRATERNITY leaders and members are, as usual, planning their programs to recruit neophytes to join their “brotherhood”. Greek orgs must be busy now preparing their hazing activities--purchasing their supply of whiskey and gin and illegal drugs for the pre-hazing parties; materials needed for hazing such as paddles; matches and candles to drip on the recruits when they pass out; game plan for brutal treatments of those uninitiated youngsters ignorant of fraternities’ threat to life, and the stupidity of obsession to fraternities. 

At the risk of me being a party pooper, a killjoy critical of whatever fraternities are planning for their hazing this school opening, I would like to alert starry eyed recruits of the fate of Horacio Castillo III and the whereabouts of the “frat masters” involved in September 2017 University of Santo Tomas Aegis Juris fraternity hazing. 

In preparation for the hazing of UST law freshman Horacio, those masters fired up their effrontery with bottles of whiskey and gin and probably some drugs to get maniacal enough to paddle Horacio to death. Arrested, of course, and detained since March 23, were the participants of that hazing, upper level UST law students and top leadership of UST Aegis Juris:

Ralph Trangia, Arvin Balag, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Mhin Wei Chan, Danielle Hans Matthew Rodrigo, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Axel Munrio Hipe, Marcelino Bagtang, Jose Miguel Salamat, and Robin Ramos.

The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 20 this week ordered their transfer from the detention at the National Bureau of Investigation to the Manila City Jail, citing the rules of criminal procedure: “...An arrested person should be delivered to and detained at the nearest police station or jail,” from Judge Marivic Balisi Umali, who ordered the transfer within 48 hours to the Manila City Jail, adding, “The NBI Detention Center is neither a police station nor a jail.”

Parents of these jailed law students-members of the Aegis Juris appealed not to move their sons to the Manila City Jail with a motion that “it would only take a paltry sum of money for anyone to have an accused killed inside the Manila City Jail.” 

The 10 accused further cited the congestion of the Manila City Jail; the supposed bias of the Manila Police District (MPD) one of the complainants; the “incorrigible and hardcore criminals which would make their transfer to the said facility detrimental to their personal growth and development being frail.” Did they worry about Horacio being “frail” when they beat him with paddles? In fact, those now congesting the Manila City Jail who may be guilty of lesser crimes, should be leery of these UST law students--vicious enough to beat to death their very own frat brother. 

“The Bureau of Jail Management & Penology (BJMP which handles the Manila City Jail) is not under the jurisdiction of the MPD (Manila Police Department). Thus, BJMP does not take orders from the MPD,” the judge said, also issuing a separate order for the Manila City Jail warden to bring the 10 fratmen to the court on July 24 for their arraignment. 

Ra No. 8049, An Act Regulating Hazing And Other Forms Of Initiation Rites In Fraternities, Sororities, And Other Organizations And Providing Penalties Therefor. Section 4.... No. 1: The penalty of reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment) if death, rape, sodomy or mutilation results there from.


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