The ‘principal suspect’ in the hazing death of a law freshman is set to reveal everything he knows in
the inquiry led by senator
SENATOR Panfilo Lacson yesterday said that the “primary suspect” in the death of 22-year-old law student
Horacio “Atio” Castillo III in a hazing incident will reveal all he knows during the Senate probe today.
Lacson said 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 rite
that led to the death of Atio.
“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 magbigay 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,”
“Pero may catch kasi doon kasi siya ay nakapagbigay na ng salaysay nung 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 sinabi
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 eh, so kailangan makunan din sila ng input,” he added.
Castillo died of massive heart attack possibly due to the injuries he suffered after alleged