After 20 years, SC orders the ‘immediate release’ of man who killed DLSU student in a road rage incident

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  • After 20 years, the Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of a man who killed an engineering student in a road rage incident
  • Twenty-five years ago, Rolito Go killed 25-year-old De La Salle University engineering student Eldon Maguan
  • Bureau of Corrections Deputy Director General Rolando Asuncion said Go will be released as soon as he returns from the hospital

After 20 years of being in jail, convicted road rage killer Rolito Go — who shot dead a student from the De La Salle University (DLSU) — will soon be out of prison after the Supreme Court (SC) ordered his “immediate release.”

In an article posted on Rappler, it was disclosed that on Friday, December 16, an order for Go’s release was sent to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in Muntinlupa and indicated it is immediately executory. This means that Go can be released on the same day when the order was sent.

“You are hereby ordered to immediately release Rolito T. Go unless there are other causes for which he should be further detained, and to return this Order with the certificate of your proceedings within five days from notice hereof,” the order given by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr said.

Road rage

Go, a construction magnate, was convicted for shooting DLSU engineering student Eldon Maguan in the head during a road rage incident in 1991. He has served 20 years and eight months in prison.

It was found out that Go had stormed out of dinner following a fight with his girlfriend.

He drove against a one-way traffic on Wilson Street, where his vehicle nearly collided with Maguan’s.

A heated altercation followed which eventually led to the killing of the student.

Happy and sorry

Go, who is under medication for stage 4 colon cancer, expressed happiness over the SC’s decision and is looking forward to celebrate Christmas with his family.

“Salamat sa Diyos…. Masayang-masaya ako at makakasama ko na pamilya ko,” he said.

[Thank God…. I am very happy that I can be with my family again.]

Meanwhile, he feels sorry for Maguan’s family. He apologized to the latter and said he did not mean to kill the student.

“Sana maunawaan nila. ‘Yung nangyari sa akin, ‘yung sitwasyon na nangyari sa anak nila, hindi intensyon na mangyari, aksidente ‘yan,” he said.

[I hope they understand. What happened to me, what happened to their son was unintentional. It was an accident.]

Bureau of Corrections Deputy Director General Rolando Asuncion said Go will be released as soon as he returns after his confinement at the hospital.