De Lima defends BPP’s denial of Larranaga’s clemency plea


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila De Lima justified the decision of the Board of Pardons and Parole in denying the plea for clemency of one of those convicted for the death of sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in Cebu City in 1997.

“The BPP was constrained to do so because its mandate is to resolve application based on certain guidelines and compliance with certain requirements as set forth in the ‘Amended Guidelines for Recommending Executive Clemency.’  [Francisco Juan ‘Paco’] Larranaga has not met the minimum requirements, particularly the minimum years of prison sentence already served,” De Lima said in a text message Tuesday.

Larranaga is now serving a life sentence in a Spanish Prison pursuant to the Treaty of Sentenced Persons between the Philippines and Spain.

Early this month, filmmaker Marty Syjuco returned his Ani ng Dangal Trophy in protest to the BPP’s denial of clemency for Larranaga. Syjuco got the award for the film “Give up Tomorrow” which is about Larranaga and his case.

But De Lima said the BPP’s decision is not yet final.

“The final decision rests on the President. And a favorable recommendation from BPP is not a mandatory prerequisite for the President to exercise his power to grant clemency. We thus transmitted to the Office of the President nonetheless the plea for clemency in behalf of Mr. Larranaga for the President’s consideration,” De Lima said.

Larranaga is the great-grandson of the late President Sergio Osmeña and a scion of the prominent Osmeña family.

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  • Manuel_II

    Let him rot in jail…

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Maswerte na nga si Larranaga hindi niya naabutan ang bitay. Ngayon nasa Spanish prison na lang sya, di hamak na mas maganda kundisyon nya doon kaysa dito.

    • magiting78

      Agree dun 1 cell 1 prison…d2 1 cell 100 prison hehehehe..baka n bobored dun wala ka kosa n katabi…

  • indiosbravos2002

    Making a documentary favorable to a convicted felon will not change anything particularly if the director, producer and researchers are all relatives of Paco. Lokohan naman yan eh. Sobrang biased ang pagkagawa.

  • Dax Cogitlog

    The case of Larranaga , the reason why Judge Martin Ocampo was killed in waterfront Cebu. It was not a suicide case he was brutally murdered !!!

  • eorlando

    Showbiz people in the Senate. Film judges are the court of appeals. Just skip the trial and both sides should just make a film, whoever gets the award wins. What a shame. It is hard enough for the powerful to get charged much more get convicted. And in the end just because a film gets an award a convicted murderer gets freed.

  • j1u2a3n

    Ano kaya ang pwedeng maging motibo ng SC sa pagpapatibay ng conviction nitong si Larranaga? Wala. Yung documentary ni Syjuco para lang memoir ni Enrile.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “Never judge a convict by his movie.”

    That documentary “Give Up Tomorrow” is a ridiculous attempt to sway public opinion in favor of the equally ridiculous lies that Larranaga and his co-accused concocted in their defense. One might as well present Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” as proof that Moses parted the Red Sea.
    The Supreme Court’s review of the case was painstaking. Below are examples of some of the Court’s observations regarding Larranaga’s alibi defense—that he was in Quezon City and not in Cebu City when the two sisters were kidnapped,

    “Salvador Boton, the security guard assigned at the lobby of Loyola Heights Condominium, testified on the entry of Larrañaga’s name in the Condominium’s logbook to prove that he was in Quezon City on the night of July 16, 1997. However, a cursory glance of the entry readily shows that it was written at the uppermost portion of the logbook and was not following the chronological order of the entries. Larrañaga’s 10:15 entry was written before the 10:05 entry which, in turn, was followed by a 10:25 entry. Not only that, the last entry at the prior page was 10:05. This renders the authenticity of the entries doubtful. It gives rise to the possibility that the 10:15 entry was written on a later date when all the spaces in the logbook were already filled up and thus, the only remaining spot was the uppermost portion. Surprisingly, the alleged arrival of Larrañaga and his friend Richard Antonio at the Loyola Heights Condominium in the early evening of July 16, 1997 was not recorded in the logbook.

    Rowena Bautista, a teacher at the Center for Culinary Arts, Quezon City, testified that Larrañaga attended her lecture on Applied Mathematics on July 16, 1997 from 8:00 o’clock to 11:30 in the morning. This runs counter to Larrañaga’s affidavit stating that on the said date, he took his mid-term examinations in the subject Fundamentals of Cookery from 8:00 o’clock in the morning to 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon.”

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  • Guest

    well, before the president decide on this case based on a movie, he should watch first “For Every Tear, A Victory”. — a movie, long time ago, that Pres. Marcos used to seduce the Filipino people…. then we’ll see if Aquino himself can continue foxtrotting on a “matuwid na daan” or a “zigzag” path.

  • kilabot

    in fairness to delima,
    she’s acting sane this time.
    paco is rapist and murderer,
    no amount of fictional movie can change that.

  • diamond_digger

    Giving reprieve of any kind to this young criminal who clearly abuse fame, power and influence his forebears have zealously worked for in their lifetime, may not be a good thing the government should do when there are even more worthy cases waiting for the government’s pity and action.

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