Saturday, May 27, 2006
from death sentence
Papers for Chiong 5 readied
Mrs. Thelma Chiong, mother of two daughters who were abducted, raped and
killed, says she had called off meeting with Glo during her Cebu visit
AS Thelma Chiong lamented a missed opportunity to meet with President
Arroyo, a member of the Arroyo cabinet set in motion a possible break for
five men convicted of the kidnapping and death of Chiong's two daughters.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales has
recommended that President Arroyo order the commutation of the death
sentences of five convicts in the Chiong case: Juan Francisco Larraņaga,
Rowen Adlawan, Ariel Balansag, Alberto Caņo, and Josman Aznar.
They had been sent to death row for the
kidnapping, serious illegal detention and rape of Marijoy and Jacqueline
Chiong nine years ago. Although one body was found, the other sister is
also presumed dead.
Two other convicts, the brothers James
Anthony and James Andrew Uy, were spared the death penalty because they
were minors when the crime was committed in July 1997.
Last May 5, Chiong confirmed to Sun*Star
Cebu that she was scheduled to meet with President Arroyo this month,
during the President's visit to Cebu. Since the loss of her daughters,
Chiong has been an active participant in the national Crusade Against
But when President Arroyo did visit Cebu
last Tuesday, the meeting never took place. She only had time for an
affair of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and, before that, the
episcopal ordination of Msgr. Francisco Padilla, the new papal nuncio to
Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Chiong said she would have wanted to let
Arroyo know about her sentiments on the possibility of commutation.
Without expecting the President to change
her mind, Chiong said she just wanted to let Arroyo know of her
"If this is the case, we should set
aside our justice system since gibalewala naman ang ilang
role (their role has been completely disregarded) ... Let us abolish the
Supreme Court," Chiong said.
"If she is really sincere, then she
would meet with me," Chiong said, adding that she is still willing to
have the dialogue. JGA