PAGCOR denies Go visited Pampanga casino


Posted at Aug 31 2012 06:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2012 08:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has denied that high-profile inmate Rolito Go visited a casino branch in Pampanga several days before he went missing from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

In a statement, PAGCOR said none of its employees or officials saw Go in the casino premises last August 12 or in any other occasion.

“The General Manager of Casino Filipino Angeles in coordination with PAGCOR's Security Head immediately verified with its officials and employees if indeed Mr. Go was in the casino on the said date. They were presented a recent photo of Mr. Go. No one from the casino saw him on that day nor in any other occasion,” PAGCOR said.

PAGCOR added that footage from closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras of the Pampanga branch is only retained “for a short period of time.”

“We also checked our Angeles casino's CCTV files but the existing surveillance cameras in our branches can only store or retain CCTV footage for a short period of time,” PAGCOR said.

“We wish to emphasize that PAGCOR does not tolerate the entry of restricted personalities such as known fugitives from justice to our casinos,” the statement added.

Go had claimed he was kidnapped by armed men inside the prison compound.

A justice department official on Friday said Go risks being charged with perjury if it is proven that he was not kidnapped but was in several casinos at the time of his disappearance. -- With a report from ANC