Mali ang oras: Police bare 'inconsistency' in UST hazing death account


Posted at Sep 19 2017 08:56 AM | Updated as of Sep 19 2017 01:09 PM

Horacio Castillo III is seen in this undated photo uploaded on his Facebook account last May.

PLOT THICKENS. The Manila Police District on Tuesday said there is an inconsistency in the statement of a man who found the body of University of Santo Tomas law student Horacio Castillo III after the latter died in alleged fraternity hazing rites. 

The 22-year-old Castillo told his parents that he would attend the welcoming rites of the Aegis Jvris fraternity at the UST campus late Saturday. 

Hours later, his bloodied body covered in linen was found in Balut, Tondo by 21-year-old John Paul Solano, who rushed him to the Chinese General Hospital, where Castillo died. 

CCTV footage however did not show any body in the area where Solano claimed he found the freshman law student, MPD spokesperson Supt. Erwin Margarejo revealed. 

"During the time na nire-review natin ang CCTV, medyo nagkaroon ng conflict dahil iyung oras na binanggit ni Mr. John Paul Solano na nakita niya iyung bangkay, noong ni-review natin ang CCTV, wala naman bangkay sa pinangyarihan ng insidente," Margarejo told DZMM. 

Investigators also discovered that Solano is a UST law student, according to workers at the San Lazaro Hospital, where he is a part-time medical technologist, Margarejo said. 

The MPD has invited Solano back to their office for questioning, along with several other individuals with possible links to the case. 

Margarejo added that police have identified who sent the anonymous text message informing Castillo's parents that his body was at the CGH. 

Investigators have also requested copies of CCTV footage at the UST campus on the night of Castillo's alleged hazing. 

The UST said it has launched a separate probe into the incident and has suspended all members of the Aegis Jvris fraternity.