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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.

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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.

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.

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UST welcomes, pledges support for Lumads

The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed Lumads as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

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The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed indigenous peoples as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

UST Simbahayan Director Mark Anthony Abenir addressed the cultural minorities and said that UST “as a Catholic institution stands by the poor and the oppressed.”

“Ang UST bilang Katolikong pamantasan patuloy na naninindigan sa kapakanan ng mga mahihirap, ng mga naaapi at ng mga pinagsasamantalahan,” Abenir said as he welcomed Lumads for the second year of Lakbayan.

Despite the heavy downpour of rain, the “Salubungan” activity still pushed through with Lumads and Thomasians entering the Arch of the Centuries.

Meanwhile, UST Central Student Council (CSC) Secretary Robert Gonzales expressed support in ending Martial Law in Mindanao and assured the Lumads of the Thomasians’ continued assistance in rebuilding classrooms and other material support.

“Nakikiisa rin ang mga Tomasino upang ipaglaban at itaguyod ang paglaban natin para sa edukasyon. Tutulong kami sa abot ng aming makakaya upang itaguyod ang Lumad bakwit schools,” Gonzales said.

The UST CSC Secretary also added, “ipagpapatuloy namin ang pagsuporta sa mga paaralan ng mga Lumad sa pagpapatayong muli sa mga silid-aralan at iba pang suportang materyal. Ang paaralan ninyo ay paaralan rin namin.”

Moreover, cultural presentations were conducted including a performance by Tubaw, a reenactment by the Lumad students and a community dance together with Thomasians.

‘Buksan ang puso’t isipan’

Manilyn Gantangan, a grade 10 Lumad student, challenged Thomasians “to open their hearts and minds in what’s really happening in the society.”

“Hinahamon ko po ang lahat ng mga nakikinig na buksan po natin ang ating puso’t isipan at alamin natin ang totoong nangyayari sa ating lipunan,” Gantangan said.

Sr. Patricia Fox was also present and urged Thomasians to “hear what’s happening and listen to their story.”

“I think one of the problems is people are not hearing really about what’s happening there. So I think it’s great that the Thomasian community has accepted them, to listen to them and then get their stories out to others so that people know what’s happening,” Sr. Fox said in a chance interview with TomasinoWeb.

She also added that Lumads deserve “to live in peace and have a good education.”

“Well, I think they’ve got a just demand. Every young person should have a right to education. They have a right to be there to live in peace, to have a good education.” Sr. Fox said.

UST Save Our Schools (SOS) Networks volunteer Hannah Rondilla gave a solidarity message and asked the Thomasian community to heed the call to fight land-grabbing of ancestral lands.

“Makiiisa rin sana ang mga Tomasino upang tutulan ang pangangamkam sa mga lupaing ninuno at ipaglaban ang karapatan ng pambansang minorya para sa sariling pagpapasya,” Rondilla urged.

The said event will continue until September 17 in which various activities including Unity Walk, a peace forum and a grand solidarity night are expected to happen.

Last April 20, UST Simbahayan inked a partnership with alternative school for the Lumad as they commit to defend education and for the rehabilitation of school facilities.

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UST boosts performance in guidance counselor board exam

The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

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The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

UST improved to a 100-percent passing mark, with all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Last year, no Thomasian made it to the cut.

No Thomasian, meanwhile, made it to the top ten for this year’s licensure exam.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 307 out of 471 takers passed the board exam for guidance counselors. Rex Morales

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UST ika-apat sa mechanical engineering boards

Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

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Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

Nakakuha ang Unibersidad ng 87.18-porsiyentong passing rate, kung saan 102 mula sa 117 na Tomasinong kumuha ng pagsusulit ang nakapasa.

Subalit, ito ay mas mababa sa 88.24-porsiyentong passing rate kumpara sa nakaraang taon.

Walang Tomasino ang nakapasok sa listahan ng sampung nakakuha ng mataas na marka.

Ang Malayan Colleges Laguna naman ang nanguna sa nasabing board exam na may 94.74-porsiyentong passing rate.

Ayon sa Professional Regulation Commission, na 3,092 ang kalahatang nakapasa sa mechanical engineer licensure exam mula sa 5,084 na kumuha nito. H. M. Amoroso

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