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Divina, 20 Aegis Juris lawyers face SC disbarment case over Castillo’s death

In a notice dated Feb. 6, the Supreme Court treated Senate Committee Report No. 232 as a disbarment complaint against Nilo Divina and the 20 lawyers of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, and required each respondent to comment within 10 days upon notice.

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Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina and 20 other alumni of Aegis Juris Fraternity are now facing a disbarment case before the Supreme Court (SC) for their alleged “cover up” of the fatal hazing of the freshman law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.

In a notice dated Feb. 6, the SC treated the report of theSenate Committees on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs and Justice and Human Rights as a disbarment complaint against the 21 lawyers and required each respondent to comment within 10 days upon notice.

The SC resolution stated the following 20 lawyers, aside from Divina, as subjects of the complaint:

  • Marvi Abo
  • Alston Kevin Anarna
  • Edzel Bert Canlas
  • Cecilio Jimeno
  • Ferdinand Rogelio
  • Eric Fuentes
  • Cesar Ocampo Ona
  • Gaile Dante Acuzar Caraan
  • Gem Dimaculangan
  • Alfonso Verzosa
  • Henry Pablo Jr.
  • Jet Dela Peña Villaroman
  • Cesar Dela Fuente
  • Niño Kjell Servañez
  • Manuel Angelo Ventura III
  • Michael Vito
  • Arthur Capili
  • Irvin Joseph Fabella
  • Edwin Uy, and
  • Allan Christopher Agati

The notice was a response to the committee report filed on Jan. 24.

Chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the Senate Committee Report No. 232 recommended the disciplinary actions and disbarment of Divina and the other lawyers of the fraternity.

“The actions taken by these members constitute grossly immoral conduct that is shocking, against the decency expected from lawyers and a mockery of the legal profession,” the report said.

It further stated, “In order to set an example, so as to deter further incidents of hazing, it is paramount that these individuals be dealt with, and possibly deprived of the privilege to practice law, urgently.”

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The same committee report also asked Divina to step down from his post as dean of the Faculty of Civil Law.

“If the Dean had the courtesy to take a leave of absence from the fraternity so as not to lead under a cloud of bias in favor of his fraternity brothers, as he claims to be, with more reason for him to humbly step down,” the report read.

Divina had already dismissed calls to take a leave of absence from his post last October as investigations on Castillo’s death were ongoing (READ: Civil Law dean rejects idea of stepping down amid Atio’s death probe).

Furthermore, in a statement in response to the senate committee report, Divina maintained that his “conscience is clear.”

“I did all I could have done under the circumstances to prevent incidents of hazing from happening during my watch as Dean,” his statement read (READ: Divina on disbarment raps: My conscience is clear).

Along 20 of his associates in DivinaLaw, Divina is also facing disbarment raps from Patricia Bautista, the estranged wife of former Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista (READ: Comelec chair’s wife files disbarment case vs. Civil Law dean, 20 others).

Castillo’s death was allegedly due to the fatal hazing during the initiation rites of Aegis Juris Fraternity September last year.—B.Laforga.

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards

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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

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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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UST slumps in May 2018 chemical eng’g boards

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The University posted a lower passing rate in the May 2018 licensure examination for chemical engineers.

UST registered a 20.69-percent passing rate, wherein only six out of 29 Thomasians passed. Last year, the University garnered a passing rate of 58.82 percent, with 20 out of 34 Thomasian passers.

However, no Thomasians made it to the roster of topnotchers.

Peter Matthew Paul Toribio Fowler of Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila led the new batch of chemical engineers with a score of 83 percent. Meanwhile, De La Salle University-Manila remained as the top performing school, recording a 96.55-percent passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 296 out of 636 examinees nationwide passed the board exam.

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