THE Manila Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 14 yesterday sentenced one of the members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity involved in the hazing-related death of University of Sto.Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio ‘Atio’ Castillo III last September 17, 2017 after he was found guilty of obstruction of justice.
MMTC Judge Carolina Esguerra of Branch 14 found John Paul Solano guilty of perjury and sentenced him to four years, two months and one day of imprisonment.
Solano was convicted after some inconsistencies were reportedly found in his judicial affidavit. Solano initially told the police that he brought Castillo to the Chinese General Hospital but claimed that he did not know the victim and that he found him dumped on a street in Balut, Tondo, Manila. He also stated that he was not present in the frat library when the hazing was done but that he was instructed by his colleagues to bring Castillo to the nearest hospital.
Solano is the first Aegis Juris member who was sentenced in connection with the sensational case. The other 10 members are still being litigated in court.
“We have a first conviction, obstruction. At least totoo yung sinasabi naming napatunayan na talagang may sala sila sa obstruction. They concealed,” said Castillo’s mother Carmina.