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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.”

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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.

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.

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UST welcomes, pledges support for Lumads

The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed Lumads as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

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The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed indigenous peoples as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

UST Simbahayan Director Mark Anthony Abenir addressed the cultural minorities and said that UST “as a Catholic institution stands by the poor and the oppressed.”

“Ang UST bilang Katolikong pamantasan patuloy na naninindigan sa kapakanan ng mga mahihirap, ng mga naaapi at ng mga pinagsasamantalahan,” Abenir said as he welcomed Lumads for the second year of Lakbayan.

Despite the heavy downpour of rain, the “Salubungan” activity still pushed through with Lumads and Thomasians entering the Arch of the Centuries.

Meanwhile, UST Central Student Council (CSC) Secretary Robert Gonzales expressed support in ending Martial Law in Mindanao and assured the Lumads of the Thomasians’ continued assistance in rebuilding classrooms and other material support.

“Nakikiisa rin ang mga Tomasino upang ipaglaban at itaguyod ang paglaban natin para sa edukasyon. Tutulong kami sa abot ng aming makakaya upang itaguyod ang Lumad bakwit schools,” Gonzales said.

The UST CSC Secretary also added, “ipagpapatuloy namin ang pagsuporta sa mga paaralan ng mga Lumad sa pagpapatayong muli sa mga silid-aralan at iba pang suportang materyal. Ang paaralan ninyo ay paaralan rin namin.”

Moreover, cultural presentations were conducted including a performance by Tubaw, a reenactment by the Lumad students and a community dance together with Thomasians.

‘Buksan ang puso’t isipan’

Manilyn Gantangan, a grade 10 Lumad student, challenged Thomasians “to open their hearts and minds in what’s really happening in the society.”

“Hinahamon ko po ang lahat ng mga nakikinig na buksan po natin ang ating puso’t isipan at alamin natin ang totoong nangyayari sa ating lipunan,” Gantangan said.

Sr. Patricia Fox was also present and urged Thomasians to “hear what’s happening and listen to their story.”

“I think one of the problems is people are not hearing really about what’s happening there. So I think it’s great that the Thomasian community has accepted them, to listen to them and then get their stories out to others so that people know what’s happening,” Sr. Fox said in a chance interview with TomasinoWeb.

She also added that Lumads deserve “to live in peace and have a good education.”

“Well, I think they’ve got a just demand. Every young person should have a right to education. They have a right to be there to live in peace, to have a good education.” Sr. Fox said.

UST Save Our Schools (SOS) Networks volunteer Hannah Rondilla gave a solidarity message and asked the Thomasian community to heed the call to fight land-grabbing of ancestral lands.

“Makiiisa rin sana ang mga Tomasino upang tutulan ang pangangamkam sa mga lupaing ninuno at ipaglaban ang karapatan ng pambansang minorya para sa sariling pagpapasya,” Rondilla urged.

The said event will continue until September 17 in which various activities including Unity Walk, a peace forum and a grand solidarity night are expected to happen.

Last April 20, UST Simbahayan inked a partnership with alternative school for the Lumad as they commit to defend education and for the rehabilitation of school facilities.

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UST boosts performance in guidance counselor board exam

The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

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The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

UST improved to a 100-percent passing mark, with all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Last year, no Thomasian made it to the cut.

No Thomasian, meanwhile, made it to the top ten for this year’s licensure exam.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 307 out of 471 takers passed the board exam for guidance counselors. Rex Morales

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UST ika-apat sa mechanical engineering boards

Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

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Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

Nakakuha ang Unibersidad ng 87.18-porsiyentong passing rate, kung saan 102 mula sa 117 na Tomasinong kumuha ng pagsusulit ang nakapasa.

Subalit, ito ay mas mababa sa 88.24-porsiyentong passing rate kumpara sa nakaraang taon.

Walang Tomasino ang nakapasok sa listahan ng sampung nakakuha ng mataas na marka.

Ang Malayan Colleges Laguna naman ang nanguna sa nasabing board exam na may 94.74-porsiyentong passing rate.

Ayon sa Professional Regulation Commission, na 3,092 ang kalahatang nakapasa sa mechanical engineer licensure exam mula sa 5,084 na kumuha nito. H. M. Amoroso

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