Solano released by Manila police
MANILA, Philippines – John Paul Solano was let go by the Manila Police District on Thursday, September 28, following the Department of Justice (DOJ) ruling for his release.
The DOJ recommended that the criminal charges filed against him—murder, perjury, robbery, and the violation of the Anti-Hazing Law— be further investigated.
"I would like to again extend my deepest condolences (sa parents ni ) [Horacio Castillo III], and also rest assured I will shed light po sa (in the) stories pagdating po ng (in the) preliminary investigations, na I will tell the truth na po," Solano told reporters after his release.
Asked about how he felt about his temporary freedom, he said he feels nothing, as the experience has not completely sunk in. He was detained for a week, starting September 22. In that time, he was not able to talk to his family, he said.
What will Solano do if he gets home today? He'll meet with his family to have dinner. pic.twitter.com/21Cvy5Ihgi— Rambo Talabong (@rambotalabong) September 28, 2017
His release was delayed as the DOJ had to revise its resolution, which did not include its verdict on the obstruction of justice accusation of the MPD.
As a member of the Aegis Juris fraternity, he is a principal suspect and witness in the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III.
The MPD did not buy it. (READ: Solano set for release? MPD will appeal to keep him confined)
He brought the collapsed Castillo to the Chinese General Hospital where he was declared dead.
He first claimed that he just happened to see the battered body of Castillo in Tondo and helped him out. Further investigation revealed, however, that he knew of the boy’s killing. He claimed he was forced by his fraternity brothers to lie to authorities.
Solano’s release is not a ticket to freedom. He has yet to face preliminary investigation scheduled on October 4 and 9 to determine appropriate charges to be filed against him. – Rappler.com