Expulsion of UST law students in hazing case ‘a step in the right direction’ – Palace

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Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. lauded on Monday UST’s decision to expel eight Faculty of Civil Law students involved in the hazing death of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, saying it sent a message that violence is not tolerated in schools.

“[W]e think it’s the right step forward. Expelling them sends the message that [we] will not tolerate violence in our campuses,” Roque said in a Malacañang press briefing.

Roque said the move was “only the beginning” as all those who violated the Anti-Hazing Law should be held accountable.

“There will have to be criminal prosecution for violating the Anti-Hazing Law,” he said.

In a statement, the University on Sunday said an investigating committee formed by Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. had found eight law students guilty of violating the UST Code of Conduct and Discipline.

The panel, composed of six UST administrators and a representative from the Central Student Council, said it would continue its probe until all students involved are held liable.

READ: University expels 8 students in Atio hazing death

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