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Solano to bare all at Senate hearing

  • Written by Marlon Purificacion
  • Published in Metro
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SENATOR Panfilo Lacson yesterday said that the primary suspect in the death of 22-year-old law student,
who died during hazing incident, will reveal all the information he knew about the incident during the
Senate probe today.

Lacson disclosed that John Paul Solano, a member of Aegis Juris Fraternity, expressed willingness
to disclose not only before the Senate but also to Manila Police District, all about the initiation rites
that led to the death of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
    
“Hindi lang bukas (Monday’s Senate probe), kundi sa MPD. Sinabi niya na baka sa formal
investigation na lang ako magbigay ng detalye,” Lacson said in a radio interview over dzBB.
    
Solano has been considered a principal suspect in Castillo’s death after giving false statements
to the police about how and where he found Atio.
    
On Friday, Solano surrendered to Lacson, who later turned him over to the MPD.
    
Lacson, however, said Solano has yet to disclose anything to him.
    
“Ayaw niyang magbi-gay ng detalye. Ang sinasabi niya, magbibigay na lang siya ng detalye pagharap
niya sa formal na investigation.”
    
The senator is likewise unsure if Solano has prepared his sworn affidavit.
    
“Sa pagkaintindi ko, ’yun ang gagawin niya once makarating siya doon sa Homicide Section ng MPD,”
Lacson said.
    
“Pero may catch kasi doon kasi siya ay nakapagbigay na ng salaysay nu’ng una at siya’y nag-
apologize nga dahil hindi totoo ’yung nauna niyang ibinigay sa salaysay.”
    
Because of these inconsistencies, Lacson said Solano may face perjury.
    
“Ito ’yung parang kanyang catch ... kung babaguhin niya ang kanyang salaysay. Pero kung hindi
naman niya babaguhin, at merong mga independent na ebidensya na magpapatunay na mali ’yung kanyang si-
nabi noong una, talagang itatrato siyang suspect o kaya akusado,” the senator said.
    
Aside from Solano, other resource persons are being invited to attend the Senate inquiry, which
is set to start at 6 p.m. today.
    
“Pati ’yung ibang frat members ipapatawag na rin kasi hindi lang naman limited ang pag-uusap doon
sa nangyari kay Atio, kundi maco-cover nito ang lahat ng [fraternities]. Kasi ang aayusin nito ay Anti-
Hazing Law e, so kaila-ngan makunan din sila ng input,” he added.
    
Castillo died of massive heart attack possibly due to the injuries he suffered after alleged
hazing rites.