Press Release
September 18, 2017

Sen. Joel Villanueva's statement on the death of UST law student Horacio Tomas Castillo III due to alleged hazing

No type of brotherhood can ever equate to the sanctity of life. And words will never be able to define such violence that has transpired in an esteemed academic institution which took away the life of University of Santo Tomas law student Horacio Tomas Castillo III.

We certainly condemn this senseless act of violence and join Mr. Castillo's family in mourning for his death that not only ended his life but also his dreams and aspirations.

As a UST alumnus, I am deeply concerned at this recent event and urge the UST and the proper authorities to investigate and hold the people accountable for this unfortunate incident involving our fellow Thomasian.

Let it always be known that violence has no room in an institution that upholds Christian values and ideals.

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