Life, in itself, can already be considered an invaluable privilege enjoyed by humans. Kami.com.ph shares the belief that the right to take another person's life does not lie within the hands of another.
In this story, however, it seems that in exchange for the bond of brotherhood, a young and promising Civil Law student named Horacio Tomas Castillo III had paid dearly with his life.
The first year law student, Castillo III, was declared dead on arrival at the Chinese General Hospital, after he was found battered and lifeless on a sidewalk in Tondo, Manila by a motorist on Sunday, September 17th.
According to his father, Castillo had said on Saturday night that he will attend the welcome party for new members of Aegis Juris Fraternity, and never returned home.
One day after the news of Castillo's death due to hazing surfaced, the call for the abolition of hazing has resurfaced as netizens set the Intenet ablaze with posts decrying the violence in fraternity membership applications.
Attached to the hashtag, #JusticeForHoracio, popular personalities and students have expressed condemnation of the process and the members of the fraternity believed to have caused Castillo's untimely death.
Here are some of them:
Senator Risa Hontiveros
Edmund Tayao (Political science professor, University of Santo Tomas)
Senator Joel Villanueva
Representative Sarah Elago (KABATAAN Partylist)
Others question how these future lawyers would uphold the law they are supposed to protecting when they break "laws" in the spirit of brotherhood, as early as now.
How about you? What are your thoughts about this issue? Share it with us!
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