Aegis Juris 'ex-brod' surfaces 'to cooperate' with police

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Another Aegis Juris-linked student turned up at the Manila Police District (MPD) on Wednesday, September 27.

Jason Robiños, a 5th year student at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law, went to the MPD homicide section at around 5:30 pm "to cooperate with authorities."

His lawyer Adenn Sigua said his client decided to go to the police to clear his name, after being criminally charged by the MPD and put on the immigration lookout list by the Department of Justice (DOJ)

“We would like to clarify that he is not an officer, he was a former treasurer last year, pero ngayon, hindi po siya officer ng Aegis Juris fraternity (but now he is not an officer of the Aegis Juris Fraternity),” Sigua told reporters.

“We strongly deny na may knowledge po siya sa any activity of the hazing (he had knowledge of any sort about the hazing),” Sigua added.

Sigua earlier helped senators, attending the Senate hearing on the death of Horacio Castillo III. 

Sigua made it clear that Robiños was not surrendering to the police station, should there be another mishap with the inquest and preliminary investigation that could lead to his detention.

Robiños' camp is set to submit an affidavit about his whereabouts the night the fatal welcoming rites took place.

According to his lawyer, Robiños cut his ties with the Aegis Juris fraternity in 2015 after encountering health problems. (READ: Aegis Juris not an accredited UST organization in 2017)

“He was diagnosed with diabetes so he was advised by the doctor na hindi na po dapat mag-attend ng kahit any activity, so, saka ga-graduate na nga po, kailangan na magconcentrate,” Sigua said. (He was advised not to attend to any activity, and he was also about to graduate so he had to concentrate.)

Pressed to answer, Robiños admitted, however, that he still knew the members of the fraternity. (READ: Aegis Juris co-founder vows 'no cover-up' in Castillo's fatal hazing)

His lawyer added that Robiños underwent an initiation during rites in 2013, but was not physically tortured.

According to his lawyer, Robiñas was just asked to do military exercises and errands. –


Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.