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Suspects in Atio hazing death case given until Jan. 22 to refute fratman’s testimony

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 1/12/2018 Kaufman, Karl
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Investigating prosecutors on Friday admitted the testimony of hazing suspect-turned-witness Marc Anthony Ventura in connection with the death of University of Santo Tomas freshman law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III last September.

Ventura subscribed to his sworn statement before the panel of prosecutors at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the re-opening of the preliminary investigation on the criminal complaints in relation to Castillo’s death.

Prosecutors set the filing of counter-affidavits by the respondents and clarificatory hearing in relation to Ventura’s affidavit on January 22.

Ventura, who was admitted to the DOJ’s Witness Protection Program on October 24, earlier narrated how his fraternity brothers took turns beating up Castillo inside the Aegis Juris library in Sampaloc, Manila, in the wee hours of September 17.

He also named some of Aegis Juris members who took part in the initiation.

During the hearing, Paterno Esmaquel, counsel for respondent John Paul Solano, expressed his objection to the re-opening of the probe, arguing that the preliminary investigation had already been submitted for resolution last November.

Pending before the DOJ are the complaints for murder, violation of the Anti-Hazing Law, obstruction of justice, robbery and perjury separately filed by the Manila Police District and Castillo's parents against more than 30 people, most of them members of the fraternity. —KBK, GMA News

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