Is Roy Codiņera's revelation enough to reopen the 1997 Chiong case?
Yes, according to lawyer Eric S. Carin who sees new hope for his clients James Andrew Uy and brother James Anthony who were barely 18 when the crime took place.
The brothers are two of seven men convicted of the rape and abduction of the Chiong sisters.
"The Supreme Court should look into this. This is what we call divine justice because human justice has continuously ignored the pleas of innocence of the Uy brothers and the other accused in this case," Carin told Cebu Daily News.
As far as the Uy brothers are concerned, the Supreme Court has not yet ruled with finality on their fate.
Carin said he said the High Court directed the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to comment on the plea of minority of James Andrew since he was still 17 years old at the time of the crime so "technically the case is still open. I don't think the Supreme Court will ignore the information of the lead investigator (Codiņera)."
James Andrew is pleading with the court that like his younger brother James Anthony, he was below 18 years old when the crime was committed on July 19, 1997.
"It is not too late for Codiņera to be listening to his conscience. The truth is beginning to come out and this would support our contention that there are several material doubts in the prosecution's evidence," Carin said.
"We have been consistent with my stand that the evidence will not support the guilt of the Uy brothers in this case. /SUZZANE SALVA-ALUETA
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