In a 74-page motion for reconsideration, Francisco Juan "Paco" Larrañaga, through his lawyer William Chua, also asked the Court to allow him to orally argue his case en banc.
"We submit that in the case at bar, a case described by this Court as Cebu's trial of the century, the criminal justice system was so influenced by the gruesome allegations, the attendant publicity, the inevitable politics, and so many other untold factors, that the judge molded the facts and law to reach a publicly acceptable, but unfair and unjust results," Larrañaga said.
Larrañaga, along with Josman Aznar, Rowen Adlawan, Alberto Caño, Ariel Balansag, James Anthony Uy, and James Andrew Uy were sentenced to two life terms by Cebu RTC Judge Martin Ocampo on May 5, 1995 (1999) for the kidnapping and rape of sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in July 1997.
On February 3, 2004, the Court affirmed the guilt of all the seven accused but raised their sentence to death.
Andrew Uy, who was only 16 during the kidnapping and rape of the Chiong sisters, was spared from lethal injection as the Court upheld the two life terms imposed on him.
Larrañaga asked the court to review the records of the case which would show that he was denied his right to stand as witness for himself.
was not allowed to personally answer charges laid against him, He was not
allowed to reply to any question material to his case," the
Mrs. Larrañaga is appealing for the acquittal of Paco. “I ask you to help me get justice for my son—don’t let them murder Paco. He is innocent.”
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