Atio’s death anniversary: Time for justice, healing

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UST Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda Jr., O.P. leads the Memorial Mass for the first death anniversary of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. (Photo by Mary Jazmin D. Tabuena/The Varsitarian)

A YEAR after the hazing tragedy, it’s about time for justice to be served and for healing to begin.

This was the message of UST Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda, Jr., O.P. during the Mass for the first death anniversary of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.

“After that year of the sad event, after all the hatred, bumawi naman tayo. Instead of highlighting the difference of one another, let us show that we care for one another,” said Miranda in his homily.

Miranda also urged Thomasians to invoke Jesus as their source of forgiveness and strength in times of tragedies.

“I think its time to go back to who we really are. Check again the core of our being as true Thomasians and people following the teachings,” he said.

Miranda was joined by UST Vice Rector for Religious Affairs Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P. and Faculty of Civil Law Regent Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P. in celebrating the Mass.

Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, who joined the memorial service, expressed his relief on the recent events surrounding the Castillo case.

“The wheels of justice are taking their course for the [Castillo] family. I continue to pray for discernment and for peace. [W]e hope and pray that we can leave this behind us,” Divina said.

See the Varsitarian’s interactive on the first death anniversary of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III: Remembering Horacio

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