In the same affidavit the NBI Director for
Central Visayas, Villarin directly contradicts Mrs. Chiong’s and Sheila
Singson’s testimony. He said that “it was their office that
first investigated the disappearance of Jacqueline and Marijoy Chiong upon
the request of their parents Mrs. Thelma Chiong and Dionisio Chiong on
July 18, 1997,” or two days after the girls disappeared. Could this have
been the reason why the prosecutors were afraid to allow Villarin to
The director, “personally interviewed Mrs. Thelma Chiong in the
presence of her husband to get the facts surrounding the disappearance of
their daughters….. and Mrs. Chiong disclosed to us a certain..... (name
withheld to protect his privacy) from Tacloban City but residing in
Labangon, Cebu City, as the only one courting Jacqueline or Marijoy but
she never mentioned to us the name of Francisco Larrañaga as one of those
courting any of her daughters, and neither did she mentioned to us the
names of the other accused in this case.”
In this affidavit, he now claims “Francisco Juan Larrañaga alias Paco was an admirer Marijoy.
In the same affidavit, Dionisio Chiong conveniently implicates not only Larrañaga but also Aznar as an admirer of Jacqueline. This information laid the ground for their being the main suspects. Read more about this "doctored" affidavit in Part 13 of this website.
After failing to “convince” the earlier suspects arrested (Balansag and Caño) to point to them as the masterminds, this affidavit laid the grounds for their arrest.
For whatever reason, Mr. Chiong was never presented in court. Mrs. Chiong was given the difficult task to echo Mr. Chiong’s affidavit in open court.
“Sheila Singson was also interviewed but, like Mrs. Chiong, she never
mentioned to us the name of Francisco Larrañaga and the names of the
other accused in this case,“ Villarin says in his affidavit.
Mr. Chiong was quoted in the radio last February 2004, that the prosecution witnesses were paid lump sum by the Department of Justice for their testimonies and that they cannot anymore change their testimonies since they will file perjury charges against them if they do.
At this point, one begins to wonder, who really was powerful at that time,
the Aznars and the Larrañagas with no one to
run to, or the Chiongs with their direct connection to
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