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DOJ indicts 10 Aegis Juris fratmen, drops Divina of charges

“I continue to pray for justice, for Atio, and have full faith in our legal system,” Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said in a statement.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted on Thursday 10 Aegis Juris Fraternity members over the fatal hazing of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, and dropped charges against Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina for his alleged involvement in the case.

In a resolution released by the DOJ, Aegis Juris Fraternity members Arvin Balag, Ralph Trangia, Oliver John Onofre, Mhin Wei Chan, Hans Matthew Rodrigo, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Axel Munro Hipe, Marcelino Bagtang, Jose Miguel Salamat and John Robin Ramos for violation of Republic Act No. 8049, also known as the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995..

No bail was recommended for the charged fraternity members, while the maximum penalty for the violation of the anti-hazing law is life imprisonment.

Fraternity member John Paul Solano, who brought Atio to the Chinese General Hospital after the fraternity hazing rites, was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.

Charges against Divina and Civil Law Faculty Secretary Arthur Capili were cleared for “insufficiency of evidence.”

Divina welcomed the dismissal of charges against him for his alleged involvement in the hazing death of  he law freshman.

“I have always maintained my full innocence throughout this unfortunate incident and thankfully, this has now been established beyond question. As they say, the moral arc of the universe may be long but it bends towards justice,” Divina said.

“I continue to pray for justice, for Atio, and have full faith in our legal system,” he added.

Charges against 10 other Aegis Juris Fraternity members were also dismissed for “lack of probable cause.”

“The cumulative acts of the respondent-members were not made for the purpose of killing Atio. The intention was merely to inflict physical harm as part of the fraternity initiation rites,” the DOJ stated.

In addition, the DOJ recommended further investigations on the following fraternity members: Zach Abuluencia, Daniel Ragos, Dave Felix, Sam Cagalingan, Alex Cairo, Luis Capulong, Kim Roque, Ged Villanueva, Edric Pilapil, and RR Magbuhos.—H.M. Amoroso

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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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