policeman Roy Codiñera came out yesterday with a twist to the Chiong
He said main witness Davidson “Tisoy Tagalog” Rusia only made up his testimony linking Francisco Juan “Paco” Larrañaga and brothers James Andrew and James Anthony Uy to the kidnapping, rape and killing of sisters Jacqueline and Marijoy Chiong.
However, Crusade Against Violence national vice president for the
Visayas Thelma Chiong considers Codiñera’s revelation a “desperate
move to earn money.”
If they had they known that Codiñera will do this to them, Chiong,
the mother of the two girls, said they would not have recommended him for
promotion and named one of the country’s best policeman in 2000.
Margarita Larrañaga, mother of Paco, on the other hand, hopes Codiñera’s
statement will be a “ray of hope” for them.
“We were doubtful about the investigation. We knew that this is a
case of frame-up. Paco was not in Cebu City at the time of the incident
because he was in Quezon City with his friends,” Margarita told Sun.Star
She also said they have not seen Codiñera for quite some time.
Codiñera, then a member of the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, said in a mm
radio dyLA interview that he was the one who prepared Rusia’s
affidavit, but when the Criminal Intelligence and Detection Group took
over the case, he was surprised that Larrañaga and the Uy brothers were
named as suspects.
Then RTC Judge Martin Ocampo declared all seven accused guilty.
July, the Supreme Court en banc affirmed their earlier ruling imposing the
maximum penalty of death on Larrañaga, Josman Aznar, Rowen Adlawan,
Alberto Caño and Ariel Balansag.
Defense lawyer Eric Carin said they could file a pleading and ask the
court to invoke its equity jurisdiction.
The Equity Jurisdiction principle allows the High Court to reopen cases
it had already decided if new evidence is presented.
“It would not matter much anymore because the case has already become final and executory. In fact, I am already preparing to file a motion for the execution of judgment,” Chiong said. (AIV/GN/KNR)
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