MANILA - Fratman John Paul Solano, a primary suspect in the hazing death of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III, denied that a "code of silence" exists in the Aegis Jvris fraternity and vowed to tell everything he knows about the case as he faces a Senate probe Monday night.
Solano, who found the bloodied body of Castillo on the wee hours of Sunday and rushed the latter to the Chinese General Hospital, said he wants to clear his name.
"Ipapaliwanag ko po ano'ng pangyayari," he said after the inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice. "Rest assured I will shed light on this matter."
Solano also said he is willing to be a witness if the authorities find him qualified to be one.
"Hindi naman po mawawala ang takot. Pero di ba, e why not sabihin na lang agad kesa kung mawala man ako bigla?" he said, adding that no one among his "brods" in the frat has tried to reach him since the incident happened.
Solano has denied reports that he recruited Castillo to the fraternity, saying he filed a leave of absence from the UST Civil Law school this year to work as a medical technologist.
However, he also admitted to giving a false statement to the police earlier and said he would clarify on his written statement. "I would like to apologize for giving a false statement to the family [of Castillo]," he said.
Meanwhile, Solano denied that he was the one who refused to face the parents of Atio who visited the Manila Police District where he was detained on Sunday.
MPD chief Senior Supt. Joel Coronel said Castillo's parents, Horacio Jr. and Carmina, were not able to talk with Solano, who requested the presence of his lawyer first.
"Hindi po nila ako hinarap. Hindi po 'yung hindi ako humarap. Alangan namang lapitan ko, naka-detain ako," Solano told reporters.
The Castillo family said they welcome Solano's surrender and hope that he would identify those involved in the fatal hazing.-- with reports from Ina Reformina and Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News