Man who brought slain UST law student to hospital, considered a ‘person of interest’

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Horacio “Atio” Castillo III

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) is set to summon John Paul Solano to shed light on the case involving the death of UST law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.

Solano was the one who allegedly saw the body of Castillo lying unconscious on a sidewalk in Balut, Tondo, Sunday morning and brought it to the Chinese General Hospital.

MPD Spokesperon P/Supt Erwin Margarejo said they will invite Solano for questioning due to his contradicting statements.

“The sworn statement given by John Paul Solano is being disputed by barangay officials. So meaning, John Paul Solano can now be considered a person of interest,” Margarejo said.

“We can file appropriate perjury case against John Paul Solano,” Margarejo added.

Based on Solano’s statement, he saw the victim at around eight in the morning while on his way to San Lazaro Hospital where he works.

He said he even asked for a motorist’s help in bringing the victim to the nearest hospital.

However, based on the certification sent by the Brgy. 133, their CCTV showed no body on the said sidewalk at 8 in the morning of Sunday.

“The certification was under oath. It was verified by barangay officials and all other officials that cover the area, that no remains were found there,” Margarejo said.

The MPD is now coordinating with the management of Uber, as according to the parents of Castillo, an Uber driver brought the things of their son to their house.

The police said, questioning the Uber driver will help them trace where Castillo’s things came from, which may lead them to the place where the hazing was carried out.

The MPD will also validate the information it received that Solano is also a UST law student and a part time medical technologist at the San Lazaro Hospital.

Solano, however, is not yet responding to the calls of MPD.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe into Castillo’s death.

“It was already night when I made the department order to the NBI to conduct (inaudible) investigation and case buildup on the perpetrators of the Aegis Juris Fraternity hazing incident,” said DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II.  – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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