Sunday, September 20,
Lonely fight waged 'to save Paco's
by Suzzane B. Salva
MIGUEL DEL GALLEGO admitted that many
people, including his own brother, disapproved of his crusade.
"He said why are you risking your life and the life of
your children? But I told him that my children are the ones who pushed me
"If I get hit or killed, maybe somebody else will take
over. But eventually this thing has to come out. Seven kids are in jail
for a crime that did not happen," he said.
Three of his daughters were among Paco Larraņaga's friends who
insist to this day that the young man couldn't have committed the crime
against sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong because he was at a party
with them in Manila the mm
night of July 16, 1997 when the Chiong sisters
disappeared. Two of his daughters are already living abroad.
Cebu Daily News witnessed how del Gallego knew the case by
heart. He compiled publications of the case from all papers and compared
these to the available records from the prosecutors and from the court.
Explaining a point, he would pick from a certain pile
and show documents with markings to support his observations. To
understand the intricacies of forensic investigation, he studied forensic
science through the web.
The businessman insisted that the body in the ravine
was not of Marijoy.
He said that the Chiongs, in their ads, described
Marijoy as 5"4" tall, yet the medico legal report indicated that the body
found in Carcar measured 5 feet tall.
"There is missing some four inches," he said.
Del Gallego said he is in the process of making a
web site, which he would label: "Framed in Cebu (My Quest for Truth and
Justice)" where he would place his findings and observations so others may
access and see.
He also plans to embark on a school tour to present his
study among students and educators. The businessman said he had already
presented his work to two civic organizations.