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Body fluids from paddles inside Aegis Juris office match with DNA of Horacio Castillo

Police say the results can prove that the fatal hazing did take place in the fraternity’s office.



Police conduct search on the Aegis Juris Law Resources Center along Laon Laan St. on Sept. 28, Thursday, where they recovered three paddles that could have been possibly used in the fatal hazing of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Kennelf Monteza/TomasinoWeb.

Police confirmed that body fluid collected from one of the three paddles found in the Aegis Juris office last Sept. 28 matched with the DNA of fatal hazing victim Horacio Castillo III.

“99.99 percent statistical probability ang ibinibigay sa parentage testing na ginagawa like this one,” said Chief Inspector Lorna Santos, head of the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory DNA Analysis branch, in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

Body fluid extracted from the paddle were compared to the swab samples submitted by Castillo’s parents to the Manila Police District (MPD).

Santos said that the MPD submitted several samples but the laboratory prioritized testing those taken from the paddle as it was possibly used in the hazing rites that resulted to the death of the Faculty of Civil Law freshman.

“Marami silang ibang isinubmit pero iyon ang inuna, ‘yung shirt at paddle,” Santos said, this time in an interview with GMA News.

Results gathered from the body fluid in the paddle were also compared to the samples taken from the bloodstains in Castillo’s shirt.

The results were released last Thursday, Oct. 12.

For the laboratory, these results can prove that the fatal hazing did take place in the fraternity’s office along Laon Laan St. — just a block from UST.

Castillo died of cardiac arrest due to the injuries he sustained during the hazing rites. He was declared dead on arrival when his body was brought to the Chinese General Hospital (CGH) on Sept. 17, Sunday morning.

His body was found with bruises, candle wax drips, and cigarette burns.

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In an initial account, John Paul Solano claimed that he merely found Castillo’s body on a sidewalk in Balut, Tondo.

He later retracted his account when police found out that he was a member of the Aegis Juris fraternity. CCTV footage recovered from Balut, Tondo also show no such incident from occurring.

Solano, a medical technology graduate, now maintains that he was merely called by his ‘brods’ to provide medical assistance to Castillo.

Other footage recovered by the police show Solano driving a red Strada to CGH. The vehicle is registered to the father of Ralph Trangia, another fraternity member, who flew to the United States with his mother on Sept. 19.

They returned to the Philippines last Tuesday, Oct. 10.



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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