Solano tags 6 frat brods in fatal hazing of UST law freshman

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 26 2017 04:30 PM

At least 6 other members of the Aegis Jvris fraternity, and a non-member were tagged by primary suspect John Paul Solano in the fatal hazing of a freshman law student from the University of Santo Tomas, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said Tuesday.

"He (Solano) named names. After nun kinausap niya si Senator (Panfilo) Lacson kung pwede makausap 'yung pamilya (tungkol sa isinampang kaso sa kanya)," Zubiri told Senate reporters.

The senator said Solano was "very calm, very relieved" after speaking to lawmakers. His main concern is to be freed from the serious charges filed against him, Zubiri added.

Solano gave his tell-all account in an executive session following the Monday night Senate investigation on the death of Horacio Castillo III.

Senators Panfilo Lacson, Bam Aquino and Sherwin Gatchalian, were also present in the executive session of the joint committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs & Justice and Human Rights.

According to Solano's story, 4 of the 6 frat members accompanied him in bringing Castillo's body to the Chinese General Hospital in Manila. However, only 1 member went inside the hospital with him, Zubiri said.

"He (Solano) mentioned the time, location, names. He is willing to be a state witness,” Zubiri said. 

"Solano has committed to the panel that he would submit his affidavit and discuss it publicly once his concern is settled before the Department of Justice," Zubiri added.

Zubiri said Castillo's parents had "mixed emotions" when they were briefed about Solano's testimony.

"Siyempre malungkot sila pero masaya na rin dahil may mga pangalan na sila (ng mga suspects),” he said.

Zubiri said Solano's statements during the executive session were backed by supporting evidence, such as the CCTV footage that showed he was attending to several patients in another area the night the supposed hazing activity happened. 

During the congressional probe, Solano admitted that he lied to the police in his initial statement where he claimed that he just played "good samaritan" when he saw Castillo's body in Tondo, Manila.

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

He 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.

Senators have already offered to provide security for Solano, but the medical techonologist refused as he has noy yet received any threats.

Zubiri said the Senate is still open to hear statements from other frat members and offer them protection if needed.

The Aegis Jvris fraternity is "divided" on whether to help bring justice to Castillo or protect its members and organization, Zubiri said.