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The online Filipino community is demanding justice for the death of alleged hazing victim, Horacio Castillo III, prompting the Twitter campaign, #JusticeForHoracio.

The 22-year-old University of Sto. Tomas (UST) law school freshman student’s body was found wrapped in a blanket by a concerned citizen on a sidewalk in Tondo on Sunday morning, Sept 17. He was declared dead upon arrival at the Chinese General Hospital (CGH).

The evening prior, Castillo informed his parents that he would attend the supposed ‘welcoming party’ of the Aegis Juris fraternity and promised to come back the next morning to join his family and attend the mass.

His family would later learn of his whereabouts after receiving a text from an anonymous sender. When they arrived at CGH, they were informed that the Scene of the Crime Operatives had taken his body to a funeral parlor in Sampaloc, Manila. Castillo’s body reportedly bore bruises, hematoma in his arms, cigarette and candle wax burns.

Yet another death of a youngster at the hands of violent initiation rites, the #JusticeForHoracio topped the Twitter Trends list, Monday morning, September 18. Netizens did not hold back at expressing their sentiments over the incident – some with condemnation, some with outrage and some with utter sadness. Here are some of the tweets we’ve seen:

That’s not brotherhood at all.

He could’ve gone places. Good ones.

Respecting human life means valuing the future.

Hanggang dito ba naman, victim-blaming pa rin? Point fingers on the true culprit.

We’re praying for you and your family, Horacio. Rest in peace.

Meanwhile, the UST Central Student Council extended its condolences to Horacio’s family, and urged the university administration and the students to condemn such “violent act against a fellow Thomasian.” The UST CSC  also demanded a “rigorous investigation on the people and the fraternity involved.”

“Fraternities deal with brotherhood, but violence should not be its currency,” the UST CSC said.

STATEMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMASWe received news report that a UST law student, Horacio Castillo III, died…

Posted by University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, September 17, 2017

In another statement, the University administration said investiagtion is already underway and assured that they will leave ‘no stone unturned’ to ensure ‘appropriate sanctions’ and justice to Horacio and his family.

Featured image from Risa Hontiveros | Twitter


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