Wednesday July 18, 2018

Main suspect in UST student's hazing surrenders

MANILA (Updated) -- John Paul Solano, the principal suspect in the killing of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student, surrendered to Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday, September 22.

Solano, a member of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, turned up at Lacson's office in the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Solano who had told police that he did not know the hazing victim apologized to the Castillo family for making a false statement.

"I would like to apologize for giving a false statement for that matter to the family of Atio [Castillo] for the death of their son. I would shed light to this matter through my attorney," he told reporters.

He said he wants to clear his name on the matter as he is innocent.

Solano denied that he was involved in the killing of Castillo and his role was limited to giving medical aid.

"My involvement is to give medical assistance because they were in chaos that time," said Solano who is a registered medical technologist.

He said he tried to revive Castillo.

"More or less he [Castillo] was half-dead. I cannot give a final verdict that he was dead because I am not a doctor that time. He's unconscious, I did give a CPR. And when I can't do anything else I brought him to the hospital," he said.

He said tried to contact his father during the incident "because the only number I memorized was my father's number."

Solano said his lawyer will release his official sworn statement.

The suspect said he was a law student at UST last 2016 but he filed a leave of absence for his employment.

Reports said Dean Nilo Divina of the UST Faculty of Civil Law facilitated Solano's surrender.

Following his surrender, Solano was turned over to the custody of the Manila Police District.

MPD director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel said Solano is still considered a primary suspect in Castillo's case.

"He has provided a certain information, which we believe will be material to the ongoing investigation," Coronel said.

MPD spokesperson Superintendent Erwin Margalejo said criminal complaints for violations of perjury under the Revised Penal Code and Anti-Hazing Law against Solano. (ABC/SunStar Philippines)