Paddles found in Aegis Juris fraternity library

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The paddles reportedly recovered from the Aegis Juris Fraternity Library. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) — Police confirmed they recovered paddles inside the library of the Aegis Juris fraternity Thursday.

"That is one piece of that we have collected. As what I have said before, I will not specify the pieces of evidence, that we have recovered or collected," Manila Police District (MPD) spokesperson Supt. Edwin Margarejo in a press briefing Tuesday.

Police are still inspecting the library which is the possible site of hazing rites that involved University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III who died Sunday.

Margarejo said forensic evidence such as body fluids, fibers, and fingerprints may last long in an enclosed area, although they are still verifying if the possible crime scene may have been contaminated.

He said the validity of the search warrant will last up to 10 days.

"'Pag meron pong comparison at nag-match po 'yung pieces of evidence na na-collect natin, that will be a good development for the Manila Police District considering we can use that as supplementary evidences in line with the Horacio Castillo case," Margarejo said.

 

Not acquitted

Margarejo said the release of the prime suspect in Castillo's death, John Paul Solano, does not clear him of the charges.

"Released for further investigation only indicates that a preliminary investigation is needed before information will be endorsed or referred to the court by the prosecutor," he said.

The Justice Department issued the order for Solano's release.

"It was the judicial authority who evaluated that there is a procedural lapse in the application of the criminal procedure. But as far as the Manila Police District is concerned, he was arrested and he was inquested," he said.

Solano and other respondents are facing criminal charges and will go through preliminary investigation on October 4 and 9.

The MPD charged Solano and 17 others with murder, robbery, and violation of the anti-hazing law.

Solano surrendered to Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sept. 22.

Margarejo said they are still looking for other persons-of-interest.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Ivy Saunar contributed to this report.