Solano released by Manila police

Rambo Talabong
Solano released by Manila police
John Paul Solano’s release is not a ticket to freedom. He has yet to undergo preliminary investigation to ascertain the charges to be pressed against him.

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.

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

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.