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Defend Atio as a son, Castillo parents challenge Divina

Defend Atio as a son, Castillo parents challenge Divina

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE PARENTS of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III challenged Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina to act on his word and defend Atio “as a son.” “Ilabas niya lahat ng frat members niya. If he really wants to defend Atio, come out. Ilabas niya lahat, all those who did wrong. Meron namang testimonya si Mark [Ventura]. Iniisa-isa naman niya,” Carmina told reporters after a trial on Tuesday. Divina is a member of Aegis Juris, the fraternity responsible for Atio’s death last year. The dean was tagged in the fraternity’s cover-up of the killing. However, Divina has insisted that he is a “non-active member” due to his duties as Civil Law dean. “Hindi niya (Atio) alam na may mangyayari sa kanyang masama. [...] Naniwala siya talaga na walang mangyaya
Time has come for wounds from Atio hazing case to heal, says Secretary-General

Time has come for wounds from Atio hazing case to heal, says Secretary-General

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THE TIME has come for the wounds from the hazing case of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III to heal, said Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda O.P. during a memorial service held on Monday for the first death anniversary of the Civil Law freshman. Castillo died last year after undergoing the initiation rites of the Aegis Juris fraternity. “After a year, don’t you think it’s about time that total healing would already happen? Time heals wounds […] It could be healed through prayers and it can also be healed if justice will be served to those responsible for such an abominable incident,” Miranda said. The Secretary-General added that the Castillo family was not the only one who was “hurt” by the incident but the University as well. “A deep and painful wo
ABSC prexy signs statement urging youth to unite on martial law anniv

ABSC prexy signs statement urging youth to unite on martial law anniv

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN ARTLETS Student Council President Rafael Arellano, along with other student leaders, signed on Sunday a statement urging the youth to gather for the United People’s Protest in Luneta on Sept. 21, the 46th anniversary of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law. The statement denounced the “repressive” policies of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, saying they “refuse to return to another dark era of dictatorship.” “[W]e pledge our deepest commitment to oppose the machinations of another dictatorship under Duterte. On September 21, thousands of youth will take to the streets of Manila and other urban centers to show our unity against his tyrannical rule,” the statement read. The statement criticized the administration
Lumad arrive at UST for Lakbayan, denounce state oppression

Lumad arrive at UST for Lakbayan, denounce state oppression

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO The Lumad and their supporters gathered at the University on Monday to call for the end of martial law in Mindanao, which they said has resulted in deaths, school bombings, and harassment of teachers. LOOK: The Lumad arrive at Plaza Mayor, marking the start of the second Lumad Bakwit School in UST happening from Sept. 10 to 17. pic.twitter.com/yYN0m4lFxL — The Flame (@abtheflame) September 10, 2018 “Andito kami dahil gusto namin ipakita na ayaw na namin sa ganitong presidente, ayaw na namin sa ganitong sistema kung saan patuloy na nalalabag ang karapatang pantao ng mga Lumad, ng mga Moro sa Mindanao,” said Save Our Schools Network Spokesperson Rius Valle. The forced closure and military occupation of 57 schools in Mindanao have displaced 2,000
Atio’s parents confident in ‘perfect conviction’ against Aegis 10

Atio’s parents confident in ‘perfect conviction’ against Aegis 10

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THE PARENTS of slain UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III said they are hopeful to secure a conviction against the ‘Aegis 10’ after a hearing on Tuesday. Horacio Jr. and Carmina Castillo said they are confident that they have a strong case against the members of Aegis Juris fraternity who were tagged in the death of their son on Sept. 17 last year.  The 'Aegis 10' who are currently detained at the Manila City Jail are Arvin Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Munro Hipe, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Ralph Trangia, Robin Ramos, Jose Miguel Salamat, Danielle Hans Mattew Rodrigo, and Marcelino Bagtang. “[We are] hopeful, very hopeful [...] we have a dead person, pinakamalakas na ebidensya ‘yun. [M]ayroon siyang mga tama sa braso. Indication na ‘yun ng hazing
Asian Studies freshman is UST’s new UAAP courtside reporter

Asian Studies freshman is UST’s new UAAP courtside reporter

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ASIAN STUDIES freshman Makyla Chavez is the new face of the University in the upcoming UAAP Season 81. The new batch of courtside reporters–three of whom are returning to the court for the second time and five of whom are new–was announced by ABS-CBN Sports on Wednesday night. A television commercial and print advertisement model, Chavez is no stranger to the spotlight. The Asian Studies freshman is a member of UST Tiger TV and also hosted the live coverage of this year's Freshmen Week. Chavez will be taking her place among other Artlets who became courtside reporters such as Tonie Moreno (Communication Arts; Season 80), Angelique Manto (Communication Arts; Seasons 78 and 79 and NCAA Season 94), and Kristelle Bachelor (Journalism; Season 76). As the courtside reporter, Chav
Fire razes 5 houses on Antonio St.

Fire razes 5 houses on Antonio St.

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN A second-alarm fire struck the famed Artlet hangout Antonio St. along Dapitan on Tuesday afternoon, gutting five houses and causing an estimated P450,000 worth of damages. Senior Inspector Redentor Alumno of the Manila Fire Bureau said the fire began at around 4:45 p.m. and spread to other houses in the compound, reaching first and second alarms at 4:46 p.m. and 4:48 p.m., respectively. The local fire chief said one of the residents, 76-year-old Roberto Santiago, left a newly-repaired electric fan running which supposedly overheated and started the blaze. “‘Yung isang electric fan ginamit niya, then pagbalik niya, umusok na. Kung makikita niyo itong pattern ng sunog, halos naubos itong kanyang tinitirahan. Kung makikita niyo itong ground floor at s
CSC, 6 other Catholic school student councils express support for SOGIE Bill

CSC, 6 other Catholic school student councils express support for SOGIE Bill

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE UST Central Student Council (CSC) and student councils of other Catholic universities urged the Senate to pass the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Bill in a joint statement released Tuesday. CSC President Francis Santos and the student council presidents of Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University Manila, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, Miriam College, St. Scholastica’s College, and San Beda University said it is “time to end the debate” on the SOGIE Bill, which aims to protect people from gender-based discrimination. “[We] urge the Senate’s leadership and its members to stop the delay on the SOGIE Equality Bill and move for its approval. We must forge a society grounded on equality - NOW,” the statement
AB welcomes 1,299 freshmen in traditional Welcome Walk

AB welcomes 1,299 freshmen in traditional Welcome Walk

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III and CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN AS THE implementation of the K to 12 program comes full circle, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) welcomed 1,299 freshmen who marked the beginning of their Thomasian journey on Monday in the annual Thomasian Welcome Walk. The number of freshmen this year is significantly larger than last year’s 190 as the first batch of students who underwent the K to 12 program—which was implemented in 2015—have finally entered college. This year, the Faculty offered all 13 of its programs, including the new AB Creative Writing offering, compared to only nine last year which was caused by the low number of applicants to the Journalism, Legal Management, and Political Science programs. “Sakto is enough” During the Mass after the Welcome
Archbishop Gabriele Caccia: Without truth, we are slaves

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia: Without truth, we are slaves

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ARCHBISHOP GABRIELE Giordano Caccia, papal nuncio to the Philippines, urged Thomasians to seek the truth lest they become “slaves” to other interests during the annual Misa de Apertura (Mass of the Holy Spirit) held Wednesday morning. Caccia said looking for the truth also means searching for Jesus Christ. “When we stop looking or searching for truth, we are guided by other interests and we are not free. We are slaves. Jesus said [the] truth will make you free,” he said. The papal nuncio likewise urged professors to lead by example by showing students that they are also on a “pilgrimage towards truth.” “We are all on the journey, and when we can go further and deeper, we can bring with us other people in the same experience,” he said. The Misa de Apertura signals the sta