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UST Law dean considers resignation from frat

Following the apparent hazing of law student Horacio "Atio" Castillo III, UST Faculty of Law Dean Nilo Divina said that he is against violence. STAR/Mong Pintolo

MANILA, Philippines — UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina on Friday admitted that he is considering resigning from the Aegis Juris fraternity following the death of law student Horacio "Atio" Castillo III.

Divina stressed that what happened to Castillo is contrary to what he stands for.

"I'm a man of peace. I am against violence... I'm thinking seriously of resigning to express basically my feelings, my stand against violence," Divina said in an interview with ANC.

Membership in a fraternity is generally for life although participation in activities varies after graduation.

Asked if he is also willing to step down from his post as dean, Divina said that he is confident that he has the support of the students, the faculty and the administration.

Divina added that he is overwhelmed by the support that he is receiving from students and faculty of the UST Faculty of Law.

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"I am flooded with text messages, with [Facebook] posts, letters and that’s very heartwarming and that’s what makes me cry," Divina said.

The UST Law dean stressed that he is committed to helping law graduates do well in the bar examinations.

Castillo, believed to be a victim of hazing of Aegis Juris Fraternity, was laid to rest last Wednesday while investigations on his death are ongoing.

The Senate Committee on Public Order and dangerous drugs opened an inquiry into the fatal incident that led to the death of the 22-year-old law student.

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