UPDATE: John Paul Solano, suspect in ‘Atio’ slay, surrenders, in police custody


A SUSPECT in the killing of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo 3rd is now in the custody of Manila police after surrendering to Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Friday.

“We would like to thank, Senator Lacson and the UST school office, for this breakthrough for helping us in the investigation of Castillo’s case,” said Supt. Erwin Margarejo, MPD spokesman.

Solano surrendered to Lacson in his office at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City about 3:40 p.m. before being motored to the Manila Police District (MPD).

As of posting time, Margarejo said Solano was in the investigating room. He would be placed in the custody of the homicide section.

Margarejo was unclear on whether Solano would be detained but said that he would undergo the usual procedure in an investigation.

“What important is for him to undergo the usual procedure — the booking process, fingerprinting, mugshots, medical exams and the judicial affidavit,” he said.

Margarejo also said that police would be filing a perjury case against Solano for violating Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law.

Margarejo said Solano was still waiting for his lawyer.

He also encouraged others involved to come out and cooperate in the investigation.

In an interview in the office of Lacson, Solano expressed his apologies to the Castillo family for giving out false information.

Solano said he was not present during the initiation rites and that his involvement was giving Castillo CPR when fraternity members had called him. He said he was a registered medical technologist.

“They were in chaos at that time. I was not there, and they needed medical assistance. I’m a medical health provider so more or less they would call me,” he said, denying his role in recruiting Castillo.

“He’s unconscious, I did give him a CPR, and then when I can’t do anything else, I brought him to the hospital,” said Solano.

Solano also said that he was “Popoy” in the exchange of text messages among members of the Aegis Juris.

Solano said he was a UST law student who filed a Leave of Absence last 2016.

“It is getting worse. I want to clear my own name because I know I am innocent,” he added. ASHLEY ERIKA JOSE, YSABEL PADUA





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