Senate allows release of hazing suspect Solano's testimony


Posted at Oct 12 2017 03:27 PM

John Paul Solano, one of the primary suspects of the UST Law Student hazing victim Horacio Castillo III after appearing at the Senate inquiry on Monday, 25 September 2017. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

MANILA- The Senate has authorized the public release of the testimony of John Paul Solano, one of the suspects in the fatal hazing of law student Horacio Castillo III.

Twenty-one senators signed Resolution 529, which authorizes the chairmen of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs and the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights to make public Solano's testimony which was given during an executive or closed-door session.

The resolution was read on the Senate floor during budget deliberations Wednesday night.

Solano surrendered to authorities and aired his side as the Senate investigated the death of Castillo, a freshman at the University of Sto Tomas College of Law.

Solano was placed under police custody for 7 days and was ordered released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) last Sept. 28, arguing no arrest took place since he surrendered.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri previously said that Solano tagged at least 6 members of the Aegis Jvris fraternity in the fatal hazing of Castillo.

Only Senators Grace Poe and Leila de Lima failed to sign the resolution since the former had flu while the latter is detained over drug charges.
The Senate, however, has yet to adopt the resolution.

Castillo told his parents last Sept. 16 that he would be attending the Aegis Jvris fraternity's welcome rites at the university campus. 

On the morning of the next day, he was declared dead on arrival at the Chinese General Hospital. 

His death has again put the spotlight on fraternities and their culture of hazing and prompted separate House and Senate inquiries seeking to overhaul the Anti-Hazing Law. 

Criminal charges have been filed against several Aegis Jvris members, including Solano, who brought Castillo to the hospital. Also charged was UST Faculty of Civil Law dean Nilo Divina.

On Tuesday, another hazing suspect, Ralph Trangia, returned to the Philippines from the United States to face charges. He had left Manila on Sept. 19, a day after the Castillos learned of their son's death.