Judge bars 10th Paco............ witness: 'enough of....... same thing already'
defense in the Chiong trial was barred yesterday from presenting their
10th witness, Monalisa del Gallego, because she would only testify on
their July 16, 1997 at a Quezon City party.
"It has become monotonous," Prosecutor Ramon Duyongco commented on the defense witness' corroborative testimony.
Ocampo also advised defense lawyers to study corpus delicti principles before filing a motion to exhume Marijoy Chion's body.
Defense lawyer Sisinio Andales, however, said it is "premature" to discuss the issue.
Monalisa "Monique" del Gallego would have testified that Francisco Juan Larraņaga was in Quezon city in the evening of July 16, 1997, when Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong were abducted in Cebu city.
Ocampo pointed out the defense already presented eight witness who testified they were with Larraņaga that night.
"Evidence is not a matter of quantity, but
quality," Ocampo told the defense panel. "We
will cut short the R and R Restaurant story."
Marianne del Gallego is expected to come to Cebu from the U.S. to testify for Larraņaga.
Villarmia said bringing Marianne here is expensive.
Prosecutors said the defense can always call Marianne, elder sister of Monique and Maitina, to take the stand.
"But subject to our objections" Prosecutor Ramon Duyongco said.
Villarmia explained to reporters that Marianne will testify on matters not touched during the direct examinations of her eight co-witnesses.
"I do not know why they (prosecution and the court) don't want to hear our witnesses," Villarmia said, "but I think it is still proper to present them."
Prosecution witness said they saw Larraņaga with Jacqueline and Marijoy
Chiong at the Ayala Center, hours before they were abducted on July 16,
Ocampo earlier announced he found strong evidence against the seven
accused: Larraņaga, Aznar, Rowen Adlawan, Ariel Balansag, Alberto Caņo,
James Andrew uy and his younger brother.
A reconsideration was sought on that order. The defense will elevate the matter before the higher court if Ocampo denies their motion. OCD
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