DOJ: Rolito Go can't go free just yet

Posted at 05/08/14 3:44 PM

MANILA - Murder convict Rolito Go may not be released from prison just yet.

This is in spite of the order of Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero for Go's release for having served his sentence for the death Dela Salle University student Eldon Maguan in a road rage incident in 1991.

The New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) said Go is not walking out of the facility a free man anytime soon pending the trial court's ruling on an appeal lodged by the Office of Solicitor General (OSG).

NBP Superintendent Fajardo Lansangan said the OSG is representing the NBP in the said appeal.

Go filed a petition with the trial court to seek an order for his immediate release.

The NBP believes Go has not yet served his full sentence.

In a separate interview, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Go was awarded colony status by a Bureau of Corrections director before the term of President Benigno Aquino III.

The granting of colony status allowed Go to earn more merits for Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), which effectively affected his sentence.

De Lima said a BuCor Director cannot grant colony status to an inmate.

This is the basis for the DOJ and BuCor's position that Go has not yet served his full sentence.