Court junks bail bid of 10 fratmen in Atio Castillo hazing death case

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The Manila regional trial court has denied the petition for bail filed by 10 Aegis Juris fratmen implicated in the hazing death of freshman law student Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III.

In an order dated December 10 but was only made public on Friday, Manila RTC Branch 20 Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali stressed the evidence of guilt against them was strong.

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

Castillo, then a 22-year-old freshman at the Faculty of Civil Law in the University of Santo Tomas, died of “severe blunt traumatic injuries” after allegedly
undergoing the initiation rites of the Aegis Juris fraternity on September 17, 2017.

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