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Biology student ‘physically, emotionally abused’

A biology student last Saturday night revealed the “physical abuses,” which led to severe hematoma, allegedly done by her then-boyfriend.

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A biology student last Saturday night revealed the “physical abuses,” which led to severe hematoma, allegedly done by her then-boyfriend.

Diane Kimberly Arcena shared on Twitter how Kyle Viray, also a biology student of UST, has treated her as a “physical and emotional punching bag.”

“I was putting up a smile but I was all broken inside and [couldn’t] possibly understand how he (Viray) could do such things then act all normal and be sorry in a matter of seconds[,]” Arcena said.

The two started dating around September last year, a close friend of Arcena, who requested anonymity, confirmed to TomasinoWeb through an online interview.

Arcena’s almost-two-year college friend added that the “beatings” began in December, when Arcena was supposed to have a drink with a friend.

Viray “assumed Kim would flirt and cheat on him,” the confidant said.

In her Twitter thread, Arcena told that Viray “physically hurt” her again over an Instagram post with a message, “landi lang ganon,” while playing around with a flask. She had to “sneak out of his sight” just to inform her friends about what happened.

But, Arcena did not want them to tell her brothers that she was “beaten up.”

“She didn’t want us na magsabi sa mga kuya niya. But you can feel na natatakot siya by the way she messaged us that day,” Arcena’s companion said.

“She was scared nung una na magsumbong o maglabas ng mga nangyayari kasi baka balikan siya ni Kyle,” the source added.

Meanwhile, another biology student, who has known Viray since second year college and wished to be named anonymous, said Viray is different as a friend.

“Mabait siyang kaibigan pero sa babae talaga siya violent,” the friend told TomasinoWeb in a separate interview.

A comrade of Viray since first year college, who wanted to be unnamed as well, also claimed “they did not know much” about the incident.

“Pinaniwala niya rin kami…na wala siyang ginagawa, na si Kim may kasalanan.”

Before the alleged abuses took place, the ex-lovers have been quarreling over “petty” things, Arcena posted.

“We’d always fight over petty things. I’d always feel the need to explain myself kahit wala naman talaga akong dapat i-explain in the first place… I don’t owe him an explanation kasi I’m not even doing anything behind his back[,]” she stated in a tweet.

Viray has been reported to have “abused” Gil Morales, his girlfriend before Arcena, too.

Morales disclosed on Twitter the bruises allegedly performed by Viray.

According to the UST student handbook, “threatening or inflicting injuries, physical or otherwise, on another person, whether inside or outside the campus” is a violation of the maintenance of peace and order in the University.

The handbook states that the “imposition of appropriate disciplinary actions shall be progressive in character, taking into account the previous violations committed by the offender.” Grave offenses, meanwhile, will warrant a suspension, wherein the extent is based on the panel assigned to the case.

Social Welfare and Development Board of the College of Science purportedly penalized Viray with 250 hours of community service.

Arcena also filed a lawsuit against Viray last month for the alleged violation of Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

The measure defines violence against women as any act, which will “result in or likely result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering,” done by a person against his wife, former wife, or a woman whom he has or had a sexual and dating relationship and a common child.

Violators of the act will face imprisonment, a fine of P100,000 to P300,000 and mandatory psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment.

Arcena’s friend said Kim will check for updates on the resolution of the case in the Manila City hall this week.

TomasinoWeb tried to reach some faculty members of the College of Science but they still have yet to respond as of press time.

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Thomasians demand for passage of students’ code in First Day Fight

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

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Progressive students from the University held their “First Day Fight” protest to kick-off the first day of classes for the second semester at UST Gate 2 Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Karch Rafael of Kabataan Partylist-UST expressed his concern over the passage of the students’ code which might start again from the very beginning after the change in the University’s rector.

“Ngayon ang [gusto nating tutukan] ay tuition increase nanaman tsaka ‘yung democratic rights na patuloy na inaapakan, na sinusupil ng estado natin tsaka ng administrasyon ng UST.

“Gusto nating mabuo ‘yung students’ demand at maipasa na ‘yung students’ code [ngayong] taon na mahigit 16 to 17 years na siyang nakabinbin. Napalitan nanaman ang rector, ibig sabihin nito mataas ‘yung posibilidad na bumalik siya from square one,” Rafael said.

“Dahil sino ba dapat ‘yung primaryang nakikinabang sa kung anong ibinibigay ng isang paaralan. Siyempre ang estudyante, estudyanteng parte ng kabataan at magiging pag-asa ng bagong henerasyon,” Rafael added.

Students also criticized the budget cuts on the country’s calamity fund and government’s response on the Taal Eruption.

“Tinututulan natin yun [budger cut]. Nung nakipag-usap naman ako [na] nabiktima din nung kalamidad ay malaki yung inaasahan nila na tulong mula sa gobyerno natin sapagkat alam nila na yung gobyerno dapat natin ‘yung primaryang tumutulong sa mga mamamayan sa panahon ng pangangailangan,” he said.

Rafael also expressed his anger towards Duterte administraton and its policies, “Habang tumatagal si Duterte sa bulok niyang palasyo, lalong tumitindi yung pag-atake sa mga mamamayan”, he added.

Trisha Ifurung of League of Filipino Students-UST also said that the protest also aims to look back on what has been done from the previous semester and continuing to fight for the students’ and the people’s rights that are being neglected by the administration.

“Panibagong taon nanaman pero yung mga problema na nararanasan ng mga mamamayan ay patuloy pa din,” she said.

The students also called for the junking of the mandatory ROTC for senior high school students and the K-12 program which is about to undergo a public review by the House of Representatives. R. Velasco with reports from J. A. Pangilinan

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Dagohoy concludes University rectorship

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

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Rev. Fr. Richard Ang and Rev. Fr.Herminio Dagohoy, UST's 96th rector, during the Paskuhan mass in December 2019 | Deojon Elarco/TomasinoWeb

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., the 96th Rector Magnificus of the University, has already concluded his eight-year term in the University.

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

Dagohoy, 55, was the 9th Rector of the UST Angelicum College and former finance director of UST Hospital before he assumed his rectorship in the University.

He was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and he graduated accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines before joining the Order of Preachers.

He also finished other degrees: AB Philosophy, Sacred Theology, Master of Arts in Philippine Studies, Licentiate in Philosophy, and Doctorate in Philosophy.

Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., UST Vice-Rector for seven years, is now the acting rector.

He was the former dean of the then Faculty of Philosophy and former chairman of Manpower, Scholarship, and Retirement Board Committee of the University.

Ang, during his academic years, has published several scholarly articles about philosophy such as “The Confucian Li,” “On Conceiving Ren towards Birthing Ru Jia,” and “The Concept of Ren.”

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Aegis Juris fratmen in Atio slay denied of bail petition

Manila RTC Branch 20’s resolution states that despite Castillo’s ailment, the blow delivered by the accused Aegis Juris members “is the efficient cause of death” or may have “accelerated his death” making the accused criminally liable.

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[UPDATED] Ten main suspects in the hazing slay of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III in 2017 were denied of their petition to post bail due to their ‘strong evidence of guilt.’

The resolution of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 on Dec. 10, 2019 states that the court is “not convinced” of the autopsy findings showing that Castillo died of Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN), and the hazing injuries inflicted on the victim did not cause his death.

This prevents Arvin Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Hipe, Oliver Onofre, Joshua Macabili, Ralph Trangia, Robin Ramos, Jose Miguel Salamat, Danielle Rodrigo, and Marcelino Bagtang Jr. who were charged for violation of R.A. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law from posting bail after “finding the evidence of guilt” strong, the resolution states.

It reiterates that despite Castillo’s ailment, the blow delivered by the accused Aegis Juris members “is the efficient cause of death” or may have “accelerated his death” making the accused criminally liable.

Presence during hazing, according to the Anti-Hazing Law, is “prima facie” or proves the participation of the accused unless they did something to prevent the punishable acts committed.

The 10 fraternity members were indicted last March 2018.

Last June 17, 2019, one of the principal suspects in the case, John Paul Solano, has been convicted for obstruction of justice.

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