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Aegis Juris fratmen tagged in Atio hazing case now under NBI custody

(UPDATED) The surrender of the 10 Aegis Juris fratmen was voluntary and pre-arranged, NBI Internal Affairs Division Executive Officer Danilo Mayani stated in a press conference.

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(UPDATED March 23, 5:15 p.m.) The 10 members of the Aegis Juris fraternity indicted in the fatal hazing of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III are now under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Death Investigation Department after arrest warrants were issued against them on Thursday.

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin told reporters that the 10 fratmen gathered in an undisclosed location in Paco, Manila around 11 a.m. earlier today, March 23, where they were fetched by NBI personnel to be brought to the NBI headquarters in Ermita for booking procedures.

Their surrender was voluntary and pre-arranged, Danilo Mayani, NBI Internal Affairs Division executive officer, stated in a press conference.

Mayani said a common friend of one of the parents of the accused contacted him and revealed the fratmen’s intentions to turn themselves in to bureau that morning.

However, two of the accused, Jose Miguel Salamat and John Robin Ramos, also filed that morning a motion for inhibition against Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Alfredo Ampuan,  saying that he is “incapable of rendering fair and impartial adjudication” on the case since he is the brother-in-law of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption President Dante Jimenez.

Ampuan issued orders for the arrest of Salamat, Ramos, Mhin Wei Chan, Marcelino Bagtang Jr., Arvin Balag, Ralph Trangia, Axel Munro Hipe, Oliver John Onofre, Joshua Joriel Macabali and Hans Matthew Rodrigo yesterday, March 22, for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law (READ: Arrest warrants out for 10 Aegis Juris fratmen).

The court’s decision on the motion is still pending as of press time.

In a text message, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, a close friend of the Castillo family, said that he is “happy to hear” the issuance of arrest warrants against the 10 fratmen.

“After many months of listening to the enraging testimonies during the Senate inquiry, I now welcome the successive developments in the case that continue to give us hope that justice will be served to Atio’s family,” Zubiri said.

The 10 accused fratmen would spend nights at the NBI headquarters until the court releases an order stating if they would continue to be detained at the NBI or if they would be transferred to the Manila City Jail.

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UST bags 5th School of the Year honor in 2018 Student Quill Awards

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For the fifth consecutive year, the University was named School of the Year in the Sixth Philippine Student Quill Awards on Monday, July 9.

UST bagged 36 awards, beating De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, UST Angelicum College, Inc., De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Bataan Peninsula State University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila.

Winning entries from the University came from The Varsitarian, UST’s official student paper; TomasinoWeb, the official digital media organization of the University; Tomasian Media Circle and Talents; The Flame, the official publication of UST Faculty of Arts and Letters; and communication arts and journalism students.

School of the Year award is the highest distinction in the Student Quill Awards. It is given to the school with the most Awards of Excellence.

Meanwhile, TomasinoWeb took home its first Student Quill awards, with three Awards of Merit.

TomasinoWeb’s entries titled “Right Click 2017: TomasinoWeb’s Special Coverage of the UST Student Council Elections” and “UAAP Season 80 Campaign” won under the communication skills category; while  “Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya National Advocacy Campaign” won in the communication management.

The Philippine Student Quill Awards is the junior division of the Philippine Quill Awards, which recognizes private organizations and corporations in the country for excellence in business communication.

Awarding ceremonies were held at the Mariott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

The event was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, a network of business communicators around the world advocating for professional growth, learning and communication excellence.

ERRATUM: We have been informed that the previous photo used in the article was actually taken by The Varsitarian. It was not our intention to erroneously credit the owner of the photo. The image has since been replaced.

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UST tops June 2018 architecture boards

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The University was named as the lone top performing school in the June 2018 licensure examination for architects, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.

UST recorded an 84.19-percent passing rate, in which 197 out of 234 Thomasian examinees passed the exam.

This was higher than last year’s 83.26 percent, wherein 184 out of 221 examinees made the cut.

Karl Justin Sayseng Diocales led the new batch of Thomasian architects after placing fourth with a score of 82.90 percent.

Thomasian Jomari Patrick Meñoza Guzman placed seventh with a score of 82.60 percent, while Marie Dominic del Rosario Castillo landed in the ninth spot after scoring 82.20 percent.

Moreover, Paolo Gabriel Torres Martires of Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Sta. Mesa led the new batch of architects with a score of 84.10 percent.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 1, 778 out of 3,177 passed the board exam nationwide.

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Applied Physics gets Level I PACUCOA accreditation

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Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) granted the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics major in Instrumentation the Level I accreditation status.

Applied Physics is the newest program among the six straight degree programs of the College of Science.

The accreditation, which was received last May, is valid for three years, up until May 2021.

According to PACUCOA’s website, Level I accreditation status allows the program to have “full administrative deregulation and financial deregulation in terms of setting of tuition and other fees and charges.” It also gives the power to change the curriculum without the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)’s approval.

The program is also made priority during awarding of grants and financial assistance from CHED and from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Pacucoa is a private accrediting agency set to give formal recognition to an educational institution through a series of phases which tests if the academic program of the institution maintains excellent standards.

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