Solano denies involvement in death of UST law student

JOHN Paul Solano, the fraternity member whom police have tried to connect to the death of University of Santo Tomas law Horacio Castillo III, is denying that he had anything to do with the fatal hazing.

During the Senate hearing on Monday night, September 25, Solano said he was only called to check on the condition and to give medical aid to Castillo and he was not present during the initiation rites of Aegis Juris Fraternity.

Solano recalled that he received a call from a fraternity member on September 17 at 6:30 a.m., instructing him to go to the frat library. He initially declined the request but the caller, whom he refused to name during the probe, called again.

"During the first call, I was not told why I have to come. In the second call, I was only told that someone collapsed," he said.

Upon his arrival at the frat library, Solano said he saw a body lying on the floor and he immediately administered CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) when he did not hear a pulse.

"I have medical training and I'm a registered medical technologist. I administered CPR as soon as I didn't hear a pulse. I am not in a position to say someone is dead because I am not a doctor," he added.

He claimed that he was the one who suggested bringing Castillo to the hospital. He said someone from the fraternity instructed him to follow the vehicles, a black Toyota Fortuner and a red Mitsubishi pick-up truck, to the Chinese General Hospital in Manila.

Solano said his participation is limited to giving Castillo medical assistance.

"I voluntarily surrendered to aid this case but they filed cases against me," he added.

Solano, a member of Aegis Juris since August 2015, surrendered to Senator Panfilo Lacson last September 22. (SunStar Philippines)


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