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Aegis Jvris ‘ex-member’ surfaces to clear his name in Castillo hazing case

Jason Robiños maintains he already cut ties with Aegis Juris back in 2015.



Another suspect linked to the death of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III surfaced before the Manila Police District (MPD) yesterday, Sept. 27, to clear his name in the case.

Jason Adolfo Robiños, one of the Aegis Jvris fraternity members listed in the immigration lookout released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Sept. 20, Wednesday, as suspects in Castillo’s death, went to the MPD homicide division around 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

He says he wants “to cooperate” with the police.

Adenn Sigua, Robiños’s lawyer, said that his client waited to surface until they could recover CCTV footage showing him being in his boarding house during the time of the fatal incident (READ: UST law freshman found dead after frat hazing).

Robiños maintains that he is not an active member of the fraternity after cutting ties in 2015 due to health problems.

However, Robiños was found to be the incumbent treasurer of the fraternity in a list of officers obtained by the police from the University.

The said list was supposedly submitted by the fraternity as part of the requirements for organization recognition this academic year.

However, Aegis Jvris was not given recognition this year, according to Faculty of Civil Law Dean and fraternity alumnus Nilo Divina in a senate hearing last Monday, Sept. 25.

This was later confirmed by Office of Student Affairs Director Socorro Guan Hing during the same senate hearing (READ: Aegis Juris not a recognized organization this academic year — Divina).

Sigua also stated that Robiños was not surrendering to the authorities as it may lead to inquest and subsequently, to his client’s detention, as it was with John Paul Solano, another suspect in the case (READ: Suspect in Castillo’s death surrenders to police).

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Solano surrendered to authorities last Friday, Sept. 22, after the DOJ offered protection to witnesses to Castillo’s death, and is currently being detained by the MPD.

He is expected to be released today, Sept. 28, following an order from the Department of Justice (READ: DOJ orders release of Solano from detention).

Ralph Trangia, another suspect, fled the country last Sept. 19, Tuesday, a day before Trangia and his father, Anthony, were tagged as suspects by the police (READ: Fratman linked in Castillo’s death leaves PH, says BI).

Castillo was buried at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque yesterday.



Artlets professor, 3 Thomasian alumni awarded Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018



Photo from Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

A professor of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and three Thomasian alumni were granted Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018 last Tuesday, June 19.

Sociologist Clarence Batan, cardiologist Dr. Marilou de Jesus, nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Juan Torres, Jr. and painter Salvador Juban received the award during the seventh Gawad Rizal at SM Cherry Antipolo Event Center.

“I was honored to receive this recognition representing my province and in celebration of the 157th birthday our national hero, Jose Rizal,” Batan said in an online interview with TomasinoWeb.

He added: “I felt a sense of encouragement to continue doing good social science, both as a teacher and as a researcher in my chosen field – Sociology particularly in the realm of childhood and youth studies.”

The Binangonan native is the last director of the Research Cluster for Culture, Education, and Social Issues.

Specializing in Youth Studies, Batan also played a vital role in establishing the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education.

Meanwhile, Medicine and Surgery alumnus De Jesus is the incumbent president of the Philippine College of Physicians – Rizal Chapter and the Cardiovascular Unit Department of Clinica Antipolo Hospital.

Torres, who earned his medical degree in the University, is currently a diplomate of the American and Philippine boards of Nuclear Medicine and the Philippine Board of Internal Medicine. He is the former chairman and chief of Nuclear Medicine of the University.

Juban, a former student of the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts, was an apprentice of former National Artist for Painting Carlos Francisco.

Moreover, Batan stated that the award was a testimony of hard work, passion for teaching and research, love for the country and a celebration of God’s given talent.

“My Thomasian education is central to my being a social scientist and me being a Thomasian faculty and researcher have given me opportunities to share the mission of learning about the social world we live in, especially the fascinating world of our Filipino society,” Batan said.

Gawad Rizal is annually celebrated on June 19, in honor of the birth of national hero Jose Rizal.

The ceremony recognizes Rizaleños who excel in his or her field and is chosen as model citizens of the province of Rizal.—H. M. Amoroso

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards



The University posted a perfect passing rate in the June 2018 licensure examination for nurses as all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Carmela Niña Sampaga Tormo led the new batch of Thomasian nurses, landing on the ninth spot with a score of 85.60 percent.

Last year, UST also recorded a perfect passing rate in which all the four Thomasian examinees passed.

Mark Tristan Pangilinan Robosa of University of Pangasinan topped this year’s board exams with a score of 87.60 percent.

Meanwhile, West Visayas State University – La Paz, Velez College and Xavier University were named top performing schools with a perfect passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 4,326 out of 9,873 examinees nationwide passed the board exam. 


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UST retains spot in 2019 QS world ranking, fourth in PH top universities



The University retained its spot on the 801-1,000 bracket of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, placing fourth among the Philippine universities that made it on the list.

The University of the Philippines kept its place as the country’s top university despite going down in the 384th place from last year’s 367th.

Ateneo de Manila University went down to the 651-700 bracket from the 551-600 last year.

Moreover, De La Salle University joined UST in the 801-1,000 bracket after dropping from last year’s 701-750 bracket.

Despite remaining unmoved from its last year’s spot, UST remained as the only Philippine university to receive a QS four-star rating.

A four-star rated university is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching,” the QS Top Universities website stated.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was hailed again for the seventh-straight year as the top university in the world.

The National University of Singapore dethroned the Nanyang Technological University as the best in Asia, placing 11th worldwide.

The universities are evaluated based on six factors: academic reputation (40%) , employer reputation (10%) ,  faculty/student ratio (20%) , citations per faculty (20%), international faculty ratio (5%), and international student ratio (5%).—B. Laforga



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