Aegis Jvris ‘ex-member’ surfaces to clear his name in Castillo hazing case

by Philip Jamilla

Another suspect linked to the death of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III surfaced before the Manila Police District (MPD) yesterday, Sept. 27, to clear his name in the case.

Jason Adolfo Robiños, one of the Aegis Jvris fraternity members listed in the immigration lookout released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Sept. 20, Wednesday, as suspects in Castillo’s death, went to the MPD homicide division around 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

He says he wants “to cooperate” with the police.

Adenn Sigua, Robiños’s lawyer, said that his client waited to surface until they could recover CCTV footage showing him being in his boarding house during the time of the fatal incident (READ: UST law freshman found dead after frat hazing).

Robiños maintains that he is not an active member of the fraternity after cutting ties in 2015 due to health problems.

However, Robiños was found to be the incumbent treasurer of the fraternity in a list of officers obtained by the police from the University.

The said list was supposedly submitted by the fraternity as part of the requirements for organization recognition this academic year.

However, Aegis Jvris was not given recognition this year, according to Faculty of Civil Law Dean and fraternity alumnus Nilo Divina in a senate hearing last Monday, Sept. 25.

This was later confirmed by Office of Student Affairs Director Socorro Guan Hing during the same senate hearing (READ: Aegis Juris not a recognized organization this academic year — Divina).

Sigua also stated that Robiños was not surrendering to the authorities as it may lead to inquest and subsequently, to his client’s detention, as it was with John Paul Solano, another suspect in the case (READ: Suspect in Castillo’s death surrenders to police).

Solano surrendered to authorities last Friday, Sept. 22, after the DOJ offered protection to witnesses to Castillo’s death, and is currently being detained by the MPD.

He is expected to be released today, Sept. 28, following an order from the Department of Justice (READ: DOJ orders release of Solano from detention).

Ralph Trangia, another suspect, fled the country last Sept. 19, Tuesday, a day before Trangia and his father, Anthony, were tagged as suspects by the police (READ: Fratman linked in Castillo’s death leaves PH, says BI).

Castillo was buried at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque yesterday.

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