Div­ina on haz­ing case: ‘My con­science is clear’

Business World - - THE NATION - An­drea Louise E. San Juan

DEAN Nilo T. Div­ina of the Uni­ver­sity of Santo To­mas (UST) Fac­ulty of Civil Law yes­ter­day de­fended him­self against ac­cu­sa­tions of his in­volve­ment in the al­leged at­tempted cover-up of the death of a UST law stu­dent from fra­ter­nity haz­ing. Mr. Div­ina, in an e-mailed state­ment, said, “What­ever ver­sion of the story is foisted upon the public, my con­science is clear. I am at peace in the knowl­edge that I have not trans­gressed the law or breached any moral obli­ga­tion.” Stu­dent Ho­ra­cio To­mas “Atio” Castillo III was found dead on Sept. 17 after sup­pos­edly at­tend­ing a “wel­come cer­e­mony” of the Aegis Juris fra­ter­nity. Mr. Div­ina is a mem­ber of the fra­ter­nity, but has pre­vi­ously claimed that he has not been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the group’s ac­tiv­i­ties. “I re­peat, I did not know Atio per­son­ally. I have done ev­ery­thing in my power to pre­vent haz­ing and any form of vi­o­lence which are against my fun­da­men­tally held be­liefs. I have also done what I could to ex­tend help to the fam­ily and as­sist in the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said. Mr. Castillo’s death has prompted a Con­gres­sional re­view of the coun­try’s law on haz­ing. Mr. Div­ina has filed three li­bel cases against Lorna Ka­punan, the Castillo fam­ily’s lawyer. —

HAZ­ING VIC­TIM Ho­ra­cio To­mas “Atio” Castillo III NA­TIONAL CAP­I­TAL RE­GION: MANILA

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