Solano recalls 'finding' Castillo's body, admits lying to police


Posted at Sep 25 2017 08:10 PM

MANILA - John Paul Solano, one of the primary suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas student Horacio Castillo III, admitted that he lied to the police under instruction from his fellow Aegis Juris Fraternity members.

According to Solano, he received a call Sunday morning from a fellow frat member, asking him to go to their frat library.

"Someone called me, it's a number. They just said na punta raw ako sa frat library," he said.

The same person, who Solano refused to name, called him again, this time telling him why he should go to the library.

"The same frat member called me. I asked why, because the first time they called, I didn't ask why....I asked why but they said basta. The second time, they told me the reason why I should go," Solano said, adding that he was informed someone collapsed inside their library.

Solano, a registered medical technologist, said he checked Castillo's pulse and vital signs. He said he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Castillo before bringing him to the Chinese General Hospital.

Solano also admitted he was not alone when he brought Castillo to the hospital, but had to lie to the police because he was told to do so.

"They told me to say it [that he was alone]. [He is] A frat member that I would include in my affidavit po," Solano said, referring to the person who gave him the instruction.

He also reiterated that he was not in any way involved in the incident, but was only called to check on Castillo because of his medical training.

Solano also said he does not personally know Castillo.

Solano surrendered to authorities last Friday.