PNP: Initial evidence verify Go’s story
MANILA, Philippines - An emaciated Rolito Go faced the media Thursday noon, insisting he and his nephew-nurse were abducted inside New Bilibid Prison by four persons claiming to be members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
“I just came from the Inang Awa chapel (within the New Bilibid Prison premises) and was about to go back to the minimum security compound when four persons came in on the night of August 14,” he said.
Go, who is suffering from colon cancer, alleged the four persons who identified themselves as NBI personnel castigated him for supposedly leaving the compound.
“I said, how can I leave when I’m under treatment,” said Go, who later showed his colostomy bag to the media.
He said that if they were to leave, they should first make a request from the Bureau of Corrections. The suspects supposedly ordered him and his nephew, Clarence Yu, to ride in the latter’s Honda Civic.
They supposedly drove towards the BuCor offices, only to make a U-turn and leave through the NBP’s Gate 1, which Go described was ostensibly guarded.
He said he tried to fight them off and wrestle the gun from them, leaving him with wounds all over his arms. He said his abductors even warned them they will get killed.
He said they arrived at a “dark place, like a farm.” Finally, “a person arrived after one or two hours and asked for a ransom.”
He did not say how much, describing it only as a “large amount.” His family earlier said the abductors sought P1 million.
“When they probably realized we don’t have the money, they let us go,” he said.
On Wednesday evening, police finally got hold of Go and his nephew in Alabang onboard a bus. It was supposedly the abductors who gave them their bus fare.
Live ammo found in car
In the same press conference, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Nicanor Bartolome Jr. said: “It appears, based on initial facts and circumstances, lumalabas na pwersahan sila kinuha.”
He noted that the PNP-Scene of the Crime Operatives found live ammo and an empty shell at Yu’s car, which was found at around 6:30 a.m. in Batangas.
He said he has ordered the PNP-Anti-Kidnapping Group to investigate the matter after receiving information from Go’s family. He said police also monitored the supposed negotiation between the family and the abductors.
Bartolome noted they also worked on the kidnapping angle since “it’s important that Go is accounted for since he’s an inmate.”
He added investigators are already finalizing a computerized sketch of the alleged abductors and would be released soon.
Bartolome said he has already talked to BuCor Director Gaudencio Pangilinan, who believes Go slipped out of prison and staged the kidnapping.
“I already got to talk to [Pangilinan] last night and this morning. He said that since we already have an ongoing investigation, we just do what we have to do,” he said.
Go will be turned over to BuCor officials this afternoon, while Yu will remain with the police for further interviews.