But probe not yet conclusive, officials say
MANILA - Evidence gathered, so far, by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) would tend to bolster murder convict Rolito Go's claim that he, along with nephew Clemence Yu, was abducted from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) last Tuesday.
Justice Sec. Leila De Lima and NBI Dir. Nonnatus Caesar Rojas spoke to journalists today, fresh from a closed-door conference on the matter.
Both, however, made it clear that the evidence are "not yet conclusive" and a 'kidnap me' scenario is not totally ruled out just yet.
"In so far as the investigation na kino-conduct ng NBI on this incident [is concerned], evidence would tend to show that there is indeed an abduction or kidnapping... but we are not discounting the possibility that evidence will come out later and show na involved din pala siya," Rojas said.
Go's version has matched, so far.
De Lima and Rojas said statements from witnesses interviewed by the NBI supported Go's claim that he and Yu were inside the Ina ng Awa Church inside the NBP reservation prior to their disappearance and taken to Sto. Tomas Batangas.
The NBI was also able to locate the alleged place Go and Yu were allegedly brought to, and the description of the place matched.
CCTV footage at a toll both also confirmed Go's claim that they passed it, at approximately the same time he said they did.
While not discounting a 'kidnap me' scenario, De Lima said she is inclined to doubt it.
"To be honest, mukhang remote yun, mukhang remote, but we are not discounting that possibility... pero kung kidnap me, bakit?" she asked.
If it was indeed an abduction, De Lima also doubts that the motive was ransom money considering that Go ang Yu were "released" without it. Only the P40,000 withdrawn from Yu's ATM account was taken by the "abductors."
"Mukhang doubtful yun na pera talaga yung pakay. Kaya lang, ang tanong: what was the object or what was the purpose of the adbuction?" she said.
De Lima wants Go, Yu, and even Go's sister, who allegedly "negotiated" with the abductors for their ransom demand, subjected to a lie detector test as soon as possible to verify their statements.
The NBI is also set to interview more witnesses.
A deeper probe into the incident will determine who, among NBP officials and personnel, should be held accountable, De Lima said.