Thelma Chiong is not worried that President Arroyo is not keen on implementing the death penalty on the men believed to have killed her two daughters.
She said she knows Arroyo is “pro-life.”
Chiong was reacting to a story posted on thinkspain.com, where Spanish Defense Minister Jose Bono said Arroyo promised him that Francisco Juan “Paco” Larrañaga will not be executed.
“She has promised me that
while she is president, the execution will not take place, and secondly,
that she will do everything she can to try and help him,” Bono was
quoted as saying during a press conference yesterday, following a meeting
After two meetings with the President, Chiong said Arroyo never changed her stand on the issue. She met Arroyo during a visit of her group Crusade Against Violence in Malacañang and during the wake of slain lawyer Arbet Sta. Ana-Yongco.
Chiong said she asked Arroyo if the death sentence for Larrañaga and four others for the murder of her daughters Jacqueline and Marijoy will be implemented.
“I am not afraid even if he uses the name of Gloria (Arroyo) because I already know that she is pro-life, it’s not even just Paco” she told Sun.Star Cebu. She said the Larrañaga camp should not use the name of the President.
“They are name-dropping just to save Paco,” Chiong said.
Last July, the Supreme Court en banc affirmed a ruling imposing the maximum penalty of death on Larrañaga, Josman Aznar, Rowen Adlawan, Alberto Caño and Ariel Balansag. It deferred the ruling on James Andrew Uy pending the verification of his age.
Yu’s younger brother, James Anthony, was sentenced to life imprisonment after the court found he was still a minor at the time of the crime last July 16, 1997. (JGA)
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