Last June 9, reporters Laia Mestre, Mireia Pigrau and Ester Llaurado quietly started their research on the case, following a trail of witnesses and case players that soon led them to the Cebu Daily News (CDN) newsroom.
But before they could interview us, we jumped the gun on the good-looking Ms Mestre, for this issue's Q and A.
Daily News: Tell us a short personal background
and a little something about your television
Is it your network's usual practice to send reporters on out-of-country
How many teams have been sent to the Philippines to do special
And, what brings you to Cebu?
Some people are asking why the
sudden interest? Why now? The case started in 1997 and decided on 1999.
The Supreme Court affirmed Paco's conviction in 2004.
What was the reaction of your countrymen when they learned about Paco's
explaining to everybody and media about the case.
There was a signature campaign in a newspaper, so everybody eventually knew about it.
When you left Spain, how many people had signed up?
(As reported in Que, the campaign calls on the Philippine government to reopen the Chiong case).
You are interviewing the major players in the case?
We are doing a 30-minute news report focusing on this case. We are doing that because there is one Spanish citizen on the death row. Our country is against the death penalty. That's why they are talking about it.
This case is important in Spain. Knowing that a Spanish citizen has been meted out the death sentence is very sad. The people want to know what they can do for Paco.
Are you working to somehow change the Supreme Court's verdict, which did
not only affirm the decision but upgraded the penalty to death?
we don't want to change the decision.
We are from another country. The Spanish people did not know why and
what happened. That's why we are here. We are going to inform the citizens
back home about it.
We are from another country. The Spanish people did not know why and what happened. That's why we are here. We are going to inform the citizens back home about it.
The main reason why we are here is because Paco is a Spanish citizen.
Before you left for the Philippines did you have any fear?
CDN: You arrived in the country on June 9. Describe your stay thus far.
We went to the New Bilibid prison along with people from embassy. We talked to him (Paco) for three minutes without filming. We wanted to find out what the embassy is doing.
It (talk with Paco) was short. We could not interview him because it was not permitted in your country. We talked to him. He was nice to us. It is important for him to know that the Spanish people are concerned about him.
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