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Family of Atio Castillo to file more cases vs. Aegis Juris frat members


The family of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo will file additional cases against other members of the Aegis Juris fraternity who are supposedly involved in the death of the law student.

"Definitely magpa-file pa kami ng additional cases doon sa pinangalanan ng aming witness. Meron kasi doon na kasama sa planning, sa final rites pero di namin na-charge-an," Carminia, mother of Atio, said in a phone interview on GMA News TV's Balitanghali on Monday.

Carminia said this will include those in the group chat who were supposedly discussing how to conceal Atio's death.

Earlier, John Paul Solano, one of the members of the involved fraternity, was found guilty of obstruction of justice by the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 14.

He, however, was acquitted of perjury.

It was Solano who brought an unconscious Atio from the frat library in Sampaloc to Chinese General Hospital, where the 22-year-old law student was declared dead on arrival on September 17, 2017.

Solano earlier bared that Aegis Juris leader Arvin Balag was the one who had directed him to say that he found Atio in Balut, Tondo — a story he said he stuck to out of pressure and fear.

Balag, as well as nine other members of the fraternity, are facing hazing charges before the Manila Regional Trial Court, which is still hearing their petition to be allowed to post bail.

They have been detained at the city jail since May 2018. — Anna Felicia Bajo/RSJ, GMA News