Philippines: Dean of Law School Sues Lawyer Over Hazing Allegations

It does read a bit like a soap opera….

The Philippines Inquirer reports..

The University of Santo Tomas law dean, Nilo Divina, has brought two separate libel suits against lawyer Lorna Kapunan, alleging that she has maligned his reputation by linking him to the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III, a freshman law student of UST, and for making public a disbarment case that has been filed against him and 20 of his law firm associates.

In the complaints he filed in the prosecutor’s office of Manila and Quezon City, Divina sought a total of P120 million in damages from Kapunan, who he said had also made stinging remarks against him in the media regarding the failed impeachment attempt against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista.

“Due to the malicious public imputations made by respondent, I suffered and continue to suffer irreparable damage to my reputation, honor and good standing in the academe, legal and business community, as well as in the eyes of the general public,” Divina said in the complaint he filed in the Quezon City prosecutor’s office.

Kapunan declined to comment, saying she had yet to read the two complaints.

She is the primary counsel of the Comelec chief’s estranged wife, Patricia Bautista, and Castillo’s parents, who had lodged a murder complaint in the Department of Justice against members of Aegis Juris, the UST fraternity that counts Divina among its members.