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DOJ orders release of Solano from detention

However, Department of Justice clarified that John Paul Solano’s release would not mean he “already is off the hook.”



John Paul Solano, one of the primary suspects in the fatal hazing of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III, is brought by the police to the Department of Justice for inquest proceedings, Monday, Sept. 25. Photo courtesy of Julius Leonen/The Daily Tribune.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the release of John Paul Solano, one of the primary suspects in the death of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III.

Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. confirmed the order earlier today, Sept. 27, saying that state prosecutors from the DOJ have issued the resolution to release Solano from detention.

However, Catalan clarified that Solano’s release will not mean the dismissal of the charges filed against him.

“Release of the respondent [Solano] would not mean that he already is off the hook,” Catalan said.

Charges filed against Solano include violation of the Anti-Hazing Law, murder, perjury, robbery and obstruction of justice.

Solano will also undergo preliminary investigation next week, Wednesday, Oct. 4. and on Oct. 9, Monday.

Catalan explained that the investigation would be conducted so that Solano “will have the opportunity or chance to file his answer.”

Nonetheless, he added that “ it would depend upon the panel whether or not probable cause exists.”

The release of Solano from detention at the Manila Police District (MPD) comes after his lawyer, Paterno Esmaquel questioned his client’s detention in an omnibus motion.

Solano voluntarily surrendered to Sen. Panfilo Lacson and the MPD last Friday, Sept. 22, after the DOJ offered protection to witnesses to Castillo’s death.

Solano, a member of Aegis Juris, also disclosed the names of at least six fraternity members involved in the law freshman’s death during a closed-door session last Monday, Sept. 25.

However, MPD Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel said that the MPD is seeking to file a motion for reconsideration to keep Solano under detention.

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Coronel also hopes that after the preliminary investigation, the DOJ “will find probable cause to warrant the filing of information against him for the crimes for the very least, murder, robbery, violation of the Anti-Hazing Law, obstruction of justice and perjury.”

Solano is expected to be released from detention tomorrow morning, Sept. 28.



Artlets professor, 3 Thomasian alumni awarded Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018



Photo from Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

A professor of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and three Thomasian alumni were granted Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018 last Tuesday, June 19.

Sociologist Clarence Batan, cardiologist Dr. Marilou de Jesus, nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Juan Torres, Jr. and painter Salvador Juban received the award during the seventh Gawad Rizal at SM Cherry Antipolo Event Center.

“I was honored to receive this recognition representing my province and in celebration of the 157th birthday our national hero, Jose Rizal,” Batan said in an online interview with TomasinoWeb.

He added: “I felt a sense of encouragement to continue doing good social science, both as a teacher and as a researcher in my chosen field – Sociology particularly in the realm of childhood and youth studies.”

The Binangonan native is the last director of the Research Cluster for Culture, Education, and Social Issues.

Specializing in Youth Studies, Batan also played a vital role in establishing the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education.

Meanwhile, Medicine and Surgery alumnus De Jesus is the incumbent president of the Philippine College of Physicians – Rizal Chapter and the Cardiovascular Unit Department of Clinica Antipolo Hospital.

Torres, who earned his medical degree in the University, is currently a diplomate of the American and Philippine boards of Nuclear Medicine and the Philippine Board of Internal Medicine. He is the former chairman and chief of Nuclear Medicine of the University.

Juban, a former student of the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts, was an apprentice of former National Artist for Painting Carlos Francisco.

Moreover, Batan stated that the award was a testimony of hard work, passion for teaching and research, love for the country and a celebration of God’s given talent.

“My Thomasian education is central to my being a social scientist and me being a Thomasian faculty and researcher have given me opportunities to share the mission of learning about the social world we live in, especially the fascinating world of our Filipino society,” Batan said.

Gawad Rizal is annually celebrated on June 19, in honor of the birth of national hero Jose Rizal.

The ceremony recognizes Rizaleños who excel in his or her field and is chosen as model citizens of the province of Rizal.—H. M. Amoroso

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards



The University posted a perfect passing rate in the June 2018 licensure examination for nurses as all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Carmela Niña Sampaga Tormo led the new batch of Thomasian nurses, landing on the ninth spot with a score of 85.60 percent.

Last year, UST also recorded a perfect passing rate in which all the four Thomasian examinees passed.

Mark Tristan Pangilinan Robosa of University of Pangasinan topped this year’s board exams with a score of 87.60 percent.

Meanwhile, West Visayas State University – La Paz, Velez College and Xavier University were named top performing schools with a perfect passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 4,326 out of 9,873 examinees nationwide passed the board exam. 


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UST retains spot in 2019 QS world ranking, fourth in PH top universities



The University retained its spot on the 801-1,000 bracket of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, placing fourth among the Philippine universities that made it on the list.

The University of the Philippines kept its place as the country’s top university despite going down in the 384th place from last year’s 367th.

Ateneo de Manila University went down to the 651-700 bracket from the 551-600 last year.

Moreover, De La Salle University joined UST in the 801-1,000 bracket after dropping from last year’s 701-750 bracket.

Despite remaining unmoved from its last year’s spot, UST remained as the only Philippine university to receive a QS four-star rating.

A four-star rated university is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching,” the QS Top Universities website stated.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was hailed again for the seventh-straight year as the top university in the world.

The National University of Singapore dethroned the Nanyang Technological University as the best in Asia, placing 11th worldwide.

The universities are evaluated based on six factors: academic reputation (40%) , employer reputation (10%) ,  faculty/student ratio (20%) , citations per faculty (20%), international faculty ratio (5%), and international student ratio (5%).—B. Laforga



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