By Hans Amancio
The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the transfer of the 10 Aegis Juris fraternity members charged over the fatal hazing of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III to the Manila City Jail.
Manila RTC Branch 20 Judge Marivic Umali issued the commitment order Tuesday afternoon, giving the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 48 hours to turn over the 10 Aegis Juris members namely Jose Miguel Salamat, Axel Munro Hipe, Mhin Wei Chan, Ralph Trangia, John Robin Ramos, Arvin Balag, Marcelino Bagtang, Jr., Hans Matthew Rodrigo, Oliver Onofre and Joshua Macabali to the Manila City Jail.
In the six-page court order, Umali has denied the motion of fratman Ralph Trangia to remain detained at the NBI detention center, citing the Rules of Criminal Procedure.
“The accused who are arrested shall be delivered to the nearest police station or jail. It must be noted that the NBI Detention Center is neither a police station nor a jail,” the Umali’s order said.
Citing “fear for life and security”, the Aegis Juris members said that their transfer to the Manila City Jail can lead to “jail-bullying and threats” which could “result to physical confrontation”.
However, Umali refuted the appeal saying that “City Jail is mandated to implement strong security measures for the control of the inmates.”
In response to the fratmen’s motion against the Manila Police District over threat to safety allegations, Umali stressed that “The BJMP [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] is not under the jurisdiction of the MPD. Thus, it does not take orders from the MPD.”
Meanwhile, the Manila City Jail warden is scheduled to bring the fratmen back to the court for their arraignment on July 24, another order issued by Umali said.