MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has allowed convicted murderer Rolito Go to seek medical treatment outside of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) for his rectal cancer.
The DOJ, through an Indorsement letter dated Sept. 11 by Justice Undersecretary Francisco III, approved the recommendation of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Manuel Co who made the recommendation after the acting head of the NBP Medical and Dental Division, Dr. Samuel Ang, examined Go and certified the need for him to undergo a series of chemotherapy sessions.
Go will undergo chemotherapy with oncologist Juanita Lu Lim for 3 to 5 days a month for a period of 4 to 6 months. His response to the treatment will determine whether this period should be shortened or prolonged. All expenses incurred in the course of the treatment will be shouldered by Go.
“This shall be subject to strict compliance with prison rules and regulations with the NBP detailing the manpower security complement consisting of two (2) custodial personnel per shift on a 3 shift basis," the Indorsement letter read.
One (1) Senior Custodial Inspectorate will also be directed to make random inspections at said hospital, while route security will be provided by the NBP.
Go has been serving his sentence for 19 years now for the killing of college student Eldon Maguan in a road rage incident in 1991.
Go and his nephew figured in a controversy in August after they disappeared from the prison facility. Their camp claims both were abducted by a group of armed men. The DOJ is still investigating the incident.