Why me? chagrined Rolito Go asks

September 13, 2019
Rolito Go
Rolito Go

LAWYERS of freed convicted road rage killer Rolito Go have clarified he was released by the Bureau of Corrections on the strength of a Supreme Court decision in December 2016 and it would be totally wrong to include his name in the list of nearly 2,000 convicts freed through Good Conduct Time Allowance.

In a letter to Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra, Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año, Philippine National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde, National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante A. Gierran and Bureau of Corrections Officer-in-Charge Deputy Director General Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe, noted lawyer Estelito P. Mendoza requested that law enforcement agencies “desist from arresting Rolito Go as a purported beneficiary of Republic Act No. 10592.”

“I understand you have given Rolito Go until September 18, 2019 to surrender. Needless to say, to arrest and detain Rolito Go does not only constitute ‘direct contempt’ punishable under the Rules of Court, his detention would amount to ‘arbitrary detention’ punishable under the Revised Penal Code,” Mendoza told the four top officials.

In his letter, a copy of which was acquired by the Journal Group, the lawyer took note of the “apparent intention of the PNP to arrest Rolito Go, him as among the beneficiaries of GCTA under RA No. 10592.”

The lawyer emphasized that President Duterte’s order to arrest those who benefited from the Expanded GCTA under RA No. 10592 does not apply to Rolito Go. “He is not a beneficiary of RA No 10592, moreover, even as to those the President’s order is limited to ‘heinous crime convicts’ who benefited from RA No. 10592,” he said.

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. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a San Juan court in 1993.

After his release, he apologized to the Maguan family saying he and his family have suffered enough. However, the Maguans protested his release.