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Aegis Juris ‘head’ denies perjury, obstruction of justice

Aegis Juris ‘head’ denies perjury, obstruction of justice

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THE ALLEGED incumbent president of the Civil Law-based fraternity Aegis Juris contested on Monday the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice filed by the camp of slain UST law freshman and Political Science alumnus Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. In a counter affidavit signed by Arvin Balag, he detailed laws and stated that the charges against him should be “dismissed outright for lack of merit.” “As one of the respondents in the instant case, I am provided with this constitutionally mandated presumption of innocence. I have in my favour the presumption of innocence,” Balag said. “Unless there is still probable cause, the instant criminal complaint against me should be dismissed. Balag is still detained at the Pasay City Jail following the order of Sen. Panfilo Lacson afte...
‘Conscience cannot be bought or taught,’ regent tells suspects in Atio’s case

‘Conscience cannot be bought or taught,’ regent tells suspects in Atio’s case

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MANIPULATION OF the truth can never justify one’s conscience, the regent of the Faculty of Arts and Letters told the suspects in the death of Civil Law freshman and Political Science alumnus Horacio Castillo III. “For a Thomasian must, more or less a lawyer, not own an evil act through legal maneuverings, technicalities, and deceitful legal remedies [as these] will never appease our consciences because conscience cannot be bought or taught,” Rev. Fr. Rodel Aligan said on Oct. 26 during the Mass commemorating the 40th day since the death of Castillo. Aligan said it is through admitting one’s actions that peace of mind can be attained. “Those who hide in the cloak of anonymity are cowards and cannot come to terms with their conscience,” he said. “We pray for their enlightenment,...
Civil Law dean, 64 others placed under new immigration lookout order

Civil Law dean, 64 others placed under new immigration lookout order

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JUSTICE SECRETARY Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday issued an immigration lookout bulletin order for 65 persons of interests, including UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, on the case of slain Civil Law freshman and Political Science alumnus Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. The immigration lookout order was issued following a Senate hearing held Oct. 18 which revealed the alleged meeting of some members of the Civil Law-based fraternity Aegis Juris in a hotel in Quezon City to discuss Castillo’s case and the planned cover-up of the victim's death. On Sept. 20, 16 members of Aegis Juris were placed under a previous immigration lookout bulletin order. Former Aegis Juris Secretary Marc Anthony Ventura, accompanied by his mother and lawyer, went to the office of Aguirre on Tuesd...

Frat ‘head’ cited in contempt; Civil Law dean advised to step down

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE ALLEGED incumbent president of the Civil Law-based fraternity Aegis Juris was cited in contempt and ordered to be detained at the Pasay City Jail on Oct. 18. Aegis Juris “president” Arvin Balag refused to answer a question from Sen. Grace Poe, who asked if he was the Grand Praefectus of the fraternity involved in the hazing and death of UST Civil Law freshman and Political Science alumnus Horacio Castillo III. “For the position you’re holding in the frat, you’re invoking your right?” Poe said during the Senate hearing. Poe cited school records indicating Balag as fraternity president. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairperson of the Senate public order committee, threatened Balag with detention if he continues to decline Poe’s question. “A very simple...