Sunday, September 25, 2005 issue
 

Lawmaker ask SC:......... Review Chiong Case 
By REPORTER REGINA AGUILAR 

      Partylist Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales urged yesterday the Supreme Court  to reconsider its decision on Cebu's controversial Chiong rape-slay case. 

      Rosales, chairman of the House committee on human rights, said she and Rep. Salacnib Baterina (Ilocos Sur) were working on a resolution "asking the high court to review the Chiong case."

      She said the resolution would be passed to the committee in October. 

      "It's very clear that there was a deprivation of a person's fundamental right to defend himself," Rosales said, referring to the Chiong 7 trial. 

      Rosales said that an incident which prevented one of the accused, Francisco Juan "Paco" Larraņaga, from taking the stand and testify could be a strong point for the Supreme Court to review the case.


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      The tribunal meted the Chiong 7 the death penalty in February last year, upgrading the life imprisonment decision of the late Regional Trial Court Judge Martin Ocampo.

      Larraņaga, Josman Aznar, Rowen Adlawan, Alberto Caņo, Ariel Balansag and James Andrew Uy were given the death sentence. 

      James Anthony Uy, the brother of James Andrew, was meted life imprisonment because he was still a minor when the crimes against Marijoy and Jacqueline were committed. 

      Larraņaga's mother, Margarita, approached Rosales, a staunch supporter of the death penalty's abolition, in October last year.   

      Rosales promised to take action after hearing Margarita's account, saying Larraņaga's case could be cited as a concrete example of the fight to abolish capital punishment.

      She vowed to discuss the possibility of getting a reversal of the high court's en banc decision with lawyer's from the firm of the late Haydee Yorac. 

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