Sickly Rolito Go pleads BuCor to speed up his release

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 16 2016 06:31 PM

Rolito Go. Photo by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The lawyer of Rolito Go on Friday appealed to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to do its part in easing his release, considering the convicted man is undergoing treatment at hospital.

“What I have heard is that they are waiting for Rolito Go to go to their office, and have the papers signed by him. He is in the hospital, so it would be impossible [for Go] to be present,” said Claire Castro, Go’s legal counsel, in an interview on ANC.

Go is in the custody of BuCor, so it shouldn't be difficult for Benjamin Delos Santos, who was appointed director-general of the BuCor in late November, to process her client’s release, Castro said. 

“We are appealing that the director bring the papers to the hospital, because [Go] is in the custody of the BuCor,” she said.

While she is not at liberty to reveal Go’s health condition, Castro said that while still lucid, “in general, he is not well.”

Go, a construction magnate, was convicted for shooting De La Salle University student Eldon Maguan in the head during an infamous road rage incident in 1991.

Jose Flaminiano, the lawyer of the Maguan family, said in a phone call with ANC that he is still unaware of the circumstances of Go’s release, so he cannot issue a comment.

However, he said that as far as he is concerned, he did his part, and they should accept the decision of the high court.

“I think we have to accept the decision of the Supreme Court, because the Supreme Court is supposed to be the final arbiter for all legal and constitutional questions,” he said.

The Maguan family has not issued a statement regarding Go’s release as of this writing.

The Supreme Court Third Division ordered Go's immediate release on November 28, after it affirmed previous rulings by the Court of Appeals and Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court in favor of a petition for habeas corpus filed by Go and his wife Elsa in 2014. 

Earlier, Go, who is undergoing continued treatment for stage 4 colon cancer, expressed gratitude for his release and said he is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with his family. He also apologized to Maguan’s family, and reiterated Eldon’s death was an “accident.”