Twenty members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity submitted counter-affidavits to the DOJ as defense to the death of alleged hazing victim, Atio Castillo.
These include principal suspect John Paul Solano who insisted there is no basis to charge him.
Solano claims Atio died of heart disease and not because of hazing.
He said it was clear in the medico-legal report that Atio has a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a pre-existing heart disease.
Solano added that based on his study as a medical technologist, this heart condition could not have been caused by hazing.
His lawyer also said there is no mention in the medico-legal report that Atio died of hazing.
“There is no cause of death stated there. And it is clear also from the medical report that, sorry to say, the deceased Atio has a pre-existing heart condition,” John Paul Solano’s lawyer Atty. Paterno Esmaquel said.
Atio’s parents denied this saying their son has a good health condition.
“He is very active. He’s a football player. He’s a goalkeeper. He has no heart disease,” Atio’s mother Carmina Castillo said.
The Manila Police said they will the PNP Crime Laboratory answer Solano’s claim.
Solano is the one who brought Atio to the Chinese General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Solano and several other fraternity members are facing charges for murder, violation of the anti-hazing law, perjury and obstruction of justice.
Preliminary investigation resumes next Monday. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
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