John Paul Solano insists absence in the initiation rites of Atio Castillo

UNTV News   •   September 27, 2017   •   5381

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John Paul Solano

MANILA, Philippines — John Paul Solano’s camp insists that they hold strong evidence to prove that he has no involvement in the hazing and death of law student Horacio Castillo the third.

Solano maintains he was not there when the initiation rite was executed.

He claims he has been inactive from the Aegis Juris Fraternity for some time. He was at home when someone called him to administer medical aid to Atio.

“Magfa-file ng preliminary investigation, doon ko na rin ilalagay ang affidavit ko, statements at mga CCTV sa barangay namin,” said Solano. “Kasi doon sa barangay namin may CCTV saka sa neighbors namin nagsecure na kami ng copy.”

(At the filing of the preliminary of investigation, I will include my affidavit, statements and CCTV from our barangay. We have CCTV in our barangay as well as our neighbors. We have already secured a copy.)

Solano said he decided to surrender to help shed light to the incident and seek justice for Castillo.

Meanwhile, the Manila Police District (MPD) is still awaiting the resolution of the Department of Justice on the case filed against Solano and 17 others.

“Whether there is probable cause to endorse the complaint and information made by Manila Police District to the court or resolution will endorse in the court and whether the respondent will be release for investigation,” MPD Spokesperson P/Supt. Erwin Margarejo said.

Meanwhile, MPD is set to enter and check on the office of the Aegis Juris Fraternity in Laon Laan, Sampaloc, Manila.

The police is awaiting the search warrant before they can enter and investigate on the crime scene. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

Manila LGU tracks source of used rapid test kits scattered in Sampaloc

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government is tracking the source of the used rapid test kits that were found scattered on a street in Sampaloc, Manila on Tuesday night (September 1).

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said they already have a lead on where the rapid test kits came from. He also warned that the local government will file charges against hospitals, clinics, and laboratories that will fail to properly dispose hazard wastes.

“We saw already a person of interest  so that we will locate maybe the clinic, maybe a private office, maybe a hospital or maybe a laboratory. Sa ngayon mayroon nang lead (we already have a lead),” he said.

The rapid test kits were placed inside sacks loaded on a sidecar of a pedicab. One of the sacks fell off causing the used test kits to scatter along M. Dela Fuente Street.

The Department of Health (DOH) also warned that erring establishments could face revocation of license. DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire reminded healthcare facilities to follow the proper protocols on disposal of hazardous waste.

Vergeire said improper disposal of hazardous waste increases risk to public health.

“We issue warnings kapag hindi ka pa rin sumunod (if you still do not follow). We will suspend you and the final revocation of license. With regard to these healthcare waste their license will be at risk,” she said.

The Manila local government immediately collected the used rapid test kits and disinfected the area. The used kits will be turned over to an accredited hazardous waste collector. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Police detain 65 for violating hard lockdown rules in Manila’s Sampaloc district

Robie de Guzman   •   April 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Police on Friday reported they have detained 65 individuals for violating the rules of “hard lockdown” being enforced in the city of Manila’s Sampaloc District to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the area.

Police said the violators were apprehended within the first 16 hours of the 48-hour lockdown that started at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The measure will be implemented until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Police Colonel John Guiagui, commander of Sampaloc Police Station 4, said the violators were brought to four covered courts in the district, which were designated as improvised holding area. These are located at Barangays 424, 420, 463 and 581.

Guiagui said apprehended violators may face charges for defying the provisions of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code or the resistance and disobedience to persons in authority.

Under the hard lockdown measure, residents are advised to stay inside their homes except for those who are healthcare workers, police and military personnel, government employees, service workers including in pharmacies, drug stores and death care services, barangay officials, and media personnel accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Guiagui, meanwhile, clarified that the use of taser will only be a last resort and that the maximum tolerance will still be implemented against individuals who will resist the lockdown guidelines.

“‘Yung paggamit ng taser is just one form of immobilizing or part ng self defense ng kapulisan when they are under attack. Hindi naman ito ‘yung may nakita ka, ite-taser mo na kaagad. Hindi naman po ganun ‘yun. Hindi po literal na ganun,” he said.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” earlier said that the hard lockdown was imposed “for purposes of disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment in relation to COVID-19.”

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the Manila City government recorded a total of 547 confirmed coronavirus infections in the city. Of this number, 110 were from the Sampaloc District, while 166 more were tagged as COVID-19 suspect cases. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Muntinlupa Police creates task group to investigate Santos slay case

Maris Federez   •   February 20, 2020

MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines — The Muntinlupa City Police has created a special investigation task group to focus on the killing of suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal officer Atty. Frederick Anthony Santos.

The police said neither the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) installed in the vicinity of the crime scene nor the dashcam of Santos’ vehicle was able to capture the shooting incident that took the life of the official.

Muntinlupa City Police chief PCol. Hermogenes Duque Cabe, however, said they can still check on all the CCTV in the possible route that the suspects took in fleeing the crime scene.
 
“Ongoing ang investigation pa rin hanggang ngayon,” Cabe said.

Based on the autopsy, Santos sustained two gunshots in the head, one on his neck, and three on his left arm.

Witnesses said the suspects left the crime scene on a motorcycle.

The Department of Justice, on the other hand, has earlier ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct its own investigation on the killing of the suspended BuCor official.

The DOJ doesn’t discount the possibility that the shooting is connected with the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) controversy at the agency.

Santos was supposed to return to work on March 12 after the six-month suspension meted out on him by the Office of the Ombudsman due to anomalous implementation of the GCTA.

Meanwhile, Senator Ronald dela Rosa believes that the drug lords in the New Bilibid Prisons are behind the killing of Atty. Santos.

“’yung nagpapatay dyan sa mga tao natin sa BuCor, yan din yung mga nakakulong na drug lord dyan na kumbaga hindi nasunod yung kanilang kagustuhan. Marami pa yang pera at galamay sa labas na pwede kang ipapatay. Tinatakot nga ang mga judge, mga piskal,” dela Rosa said. —(from the report of Correspondent Sherwin Culubong) /mbmf

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