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Atio Castillo died

Christian crosson Sept. 17, 2017, probably because of hazing. The details make me angry in their sheer perversion (link) and as Justice Secretary Aguirre himself does not want the details of the affidavit upon which the article is based made public, I am reprinting it as a comment after this article. Why so bad? It isn’t just the sheer physical brutality, it is the degradation of the person that shocks me. Not that he had to run errands for his brods – this is something also known, for example, from biker clubs. There is a final point where I would have said no, creatures like you can never be my brothers:

A glass is passed around. Atio sees masters spit inside the glass. What he doesn’t know is there is a second glass containing egg white. Atio is then blindfolded and is told to drink the content of the glass, which he thinks is full with saliva but in fact only contains albumen. The light is turned off. Masters tell Atio to remove his clothes. As Atio becomes naked, the light is turned on, then turned off, and on again.

This sounds almost as humiliating as something a self-confessed pimp in a shocking Austrian autobiography admitted he did to a woman he was making part of his “stable”. Also a kind of evil initiation. A little later, Atio allegedly passes out after being hit a number of times between posterior and knees with a so-called wooden “paddle”. But what if it was different? What if he, wanting to remain at least a bit of man, said stop and they reacted? This is what they allegedly did before the final stage:

Atio goes around, as if begging with his hands held together. The masters then beat Atio’s fingers using a wooden spatula while he is being indoctrinated by his lords. The masters then tell Atio to again do stretching and pumping exercises. They order Atio to “hold your balls” before he goes to the next stage of the final initiation.

“His lords”. “Masters”. This has shades of a sadomasochistic ritual. Undertaken by future lawyers of the Philippines, no less. One wonders what really happened. Because there are those in the Philippines for whom the slightest protest, even lack of subservience is disrespect. Remember Kian delos Santos, whose last words were “leave me alone, I have exams tomorrow”? Men who are used to playing God might see the slightest resistance as “arrogance”. The Filipino was made to be either timid or domineering based on position. But true character like that of Trillanes also exists.

Obviously PMA does create a number of individuals of character. If at all, this is what initiations are for. Teaching young men how to face adversity, how to face the world, strengthen them. Not to make subservience and thuggery, twin banes of the Philippines, values in themselves. German fraternity rituals of fencing in order to scar faces (Mensur) at least had man-to-man combat. Or going back to the Philippine past, the first batok or tattoo usually meant risking your own head in real combat. There is a world of difference between teaching warriors – and teaching torturers.

There is a certain sort of loathsome bully common in the Philippines today, used to abusing power. Probably hardly able to truly hold his own in a real fight, or lead a group to victory in battle. Probably not even a good leader in an office setting – just used to making others do the hard work, like the servants to the dirty work at home. Would Filipino tokhang police stand a chance against truly well-armed drug dealers like some in Rio de Janeiro? Or even just armed ones? I doubt it. What are the Aegis Juris hazers? Deranged boys from Lord of the Flies, I think. Not real men.

Irineo B. R. Salazar
München, 3 Nov. 2017

 

1 comment to Atio Castillo died

  • Atio does errands for fraternity masters in his first three days of initiation. The masters scrutinize their initiate. They ask Atio why he wants to join the brotherhood, what does he like about the fraternity, who urged him to join. They also subject him to psywar.

    On the fourth day, the master initiator decides whether fraternity brothers can already slap Atio if they think he does something wrong. The psywar and slapping continue until the fifth day.

    (note by Irineo: the slapping is already too much, Filipinos I remember from Agoncillo detested the Japanese practice of slapping them as against amor propio)

    Aegis Juris Fraternity’s library on Navarra corner Laon-Laan Streets outside UST in Sampaloc, Manila is cloaked as a party area. Close to 30 frat brothers are reportedly inside the area. A karaoke machine is brought to the library. They allegedly sing, eat, drink liquor, banter, create noise so they can later drown the noise during the final rites.

    Atio joins fratmen at the library. He brings meals for his masters.

    Later on, fratmen isolate Atio from the crowd. They allegedly tell him to rest before final rites start.

    Final rites begin. Aegis members allegedly gather for a prayer, ask for guidance from above so nothing bad will happen during the hazing.

    Atio is fetched by his initiators and told to do stretching exercises. He then does a duckwalk, partially squatting, and is pulled backwards and forward by the masters. He is told to rest afterwards. (Note by Irineo: duckwalk was a familiar punishment during Martial Law CAT)

    Masters hit Atio with their fists until his blood vessels burst and his arms turn purple. Atio sings the fraternity hymn as his masters beat him up. There are rest intervals during this stage.

    After three rounds of hitting, masters again beat Atio’s arms with a wooden spatula to even up his swollen skin.

    They then tell Atio to rest again before he does the “Baby Shark” song-and-dance number:

    Baby Shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    Mommy Shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    Daddy Shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    Grandma Shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    Grandpa Shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    Let’s go hunt, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    Run away, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    Safe at last, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    It’s the end, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

    A glass is passed around. Atio sees masters spit inside the glass. What he doesn’t know is there is a second glass containing egg white. Atio is then blindfolded and is told to drink the content of the glass, which he thinks is full with saliva but in fact only contains albumen.

    The light is turned off. Masters tell Atio to remove his clothes. As Atio becomes naked, the light is turned on, then turned off, and on again.

    Atio goes around, as if begging with his hands held together. The masters then beat Atio’s fingers using a wooden spatula while he is being indoctrinated by his lords.

    The masters then tell Atio to again do stretching and pumping exercises. They order Atio to “hold your balls” before he goes to the next stage of the final initiation.

    Atio remains responsive, but he already looks exhausted.

    Master initiators mark the areas on Atio’s legs where they can beat him using wooden paddles: from the bottom of his ass down to the area above the back of his knees.

    Atio is hit five times allegedly by four masters — Axel Hipe, Ralph Trangia, Arvin Balag, and another unidentified initiator. The third whip makes Atio fall on his knees. He manages to still calm down before he receives the fourth hit.

    Atio collapses with the fifth blow. Masters call his name, Atio responds with growls.

    Masters then sit Atio on a chair. They help him regain his consciousness by making him sniff ammonia. They check his pulse, his breathing. They keep talking to him. Atio still has vital signs but no longer responds.

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