Published: Thursday 08 March, 2018

Finally, 11 Aegis Juris Fraternity Brods Charged in Atio Castillo Hazing Death

Almost six months after the hazing death of Horacio ‘Atio’ Castillo III, charges have finally been filed against 10 Aegis Juris Fraternity members allegedly responsible for the crime. Another former Aegis Juris member has also been charged with obstruction of justice.

Atio Castillo hazing Aegis Juris

Atio Castillo Hazing: 10 Aegis Juris members charged with hazing death, while another charged with obstruction of justice. (Facebook photo/Horacio Castillo III)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed Thursday a criminal case against the Aegis Juris brods for Atio Castillo’s death. In its resolution, the DOJ said the 10 suspects violated Republic Act 8049 or Anti-Hazing Law.

Named respondents in the criminal case are the following Aegis Juris members:

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Arvin Balag
Ralph Trangia
Oliver John Audrey Onofre
Mhin Wei Chan
Axel Munro Hipe
Edril Pilapil
Danielle Hans Matthew Rodrigo
Joshua Joriel Macabali
Marcelino Bagtang
Jose Miguel Salamat
Robin Ramos

The charges were based on the testimony of Mark Ventura, also an Aegis Juris Fraternity member, who was present during the hazing. Ventura has since turned state witness is and is currently under the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

“The presence and participation of the said respondents in the initiation rites were established by the statements of both respondents Solano and Ventura. As regards respondents Balag and Trangia, their presence and participation are further corroborated by the fact that their respective vehicles were used to transport Atio’s body to Chinese General Hospital on September 17, 2017,” said the resolution.

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NO BAIL was recommended for the accused.

Meanwhile, John Paul Solano has been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. It will be recalled that Solano issued two affidavits on the Atio Castillo incident. In his first affidavit, he said he found Castillo on a sidewalk in Tondo and took him to the hospital.

But, in a later affidavit, he said he was called to the Aegis Juris Fraternity library, where the hazing occurred, and found Atio Castillo unconscious. After unsuccessful attempts to revive Castillo, Solano said he recommended that Atio be taken to the hospital.