MANILA (Mabuhay) — Despite a court order to free him, murder convict Rolito Go cannot leave the New Bilibid Prison just yet, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
In an interview with reporters on Thursday, De Lima said based on her computation, Go has yet to fully serve his sentence.
“Ang claim niya na-serve na niya ang sentence niya and he cited sari-saring crediting, iyong pag-deduct sa sentencing niya including purported colonist status,” she said.
“Well I am not recognizing his colonist status dahil ang alam ko diyan ang nagbibigay noon ay either the President or the secretary of justice,” added De Lima.
De Lima said she has already directed the Office of the Solicitor General to “promptly” file a motion asking the Muntinlupa court to reconsider its order granting Go’s habeas corpus petition.
“In the meantime, hindi siya dapat i-release,” said De Lima.
Go was convicted for killing De La Salle University student Eldon Maguan in a road rage incident in 1991. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1993 and has been in and out of prison ever since, including an escape in 1993 days before his conviction. He was re-arrested in 1995. (MNS)