handling of............. Paco case hit
In a press release, the Fair Trials Abroad Organization also
suggested that the High Court’s dragging its feet on the Paco case was
akin to a “corrupt practice”.
According to Sarah de Mas, FTAO spokesperson in a press release
dated March 23, “the Philippine government has been formally alerted
today to the consternation of EU institutions creating an embarrassing
situation for the Philippine government”.
should be noted that the Supreme Court of the
De Mas added, “There has been no indication of the impartiality
or independence that should be the hallmark of all criminal courts. It is
high time that the Philippine authorities put an end to such corrupt
The actuation of the Philippine government, the press statement continued, was not commensurate to the financial assistance and trade investments that the EU has so far poured into the country.
and the European Union have requested a review of the case
of Larrañaga, an EU citizen with dual
Spanish-Filipino nationality, on grounds of “grave procedural
irregularities throughout investigation and trial”.
“Whilst the EU continues to be one of the largest funders of the
Paco, who was arrested eight years ago with six others, was
sentenced to death in February 2004 after the SC affirmed his conviction
for kidnapping and serious illegal detention of sisters Marijoy and
Jacqueline Chiong----for sometime a celebrated case in
the defense of Larrañaga backed by his classmates and friends among others, the FTAO said the
court refused to hear these witnesses.
“Mr. Larrañaga was charged and sentenced to death on the statement of one of the co-accused, a drug addict and convicted criminal, who received immunity in return for his testimony,” the statement further read, obviously referring to the prosecution’s witness Davidson Rusia.
De Mas said the EU has been the
largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) that has flowed into the
THE ABOVE TEXT IS THE FAITHFUL REPRODUCTION OF THE ORIGINAL
DOCUMENT REFORMATTED FOR CLEARER APPRECIATION.
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