PART 12 
'three different groups of people, unknown to each other, bundled up together for an alleged crime on two sisters they never met or heard of before?'

     Before their arrests, Paco Larrañaga had never met his co-accused, the Uy Brothers, James Anthony and James Andrew, the van driver, Alberto Caño, nor the van conductor, Ariel Balansag. 

     Neither had he ever met the star witness, Davidson Rusia, except during the trial. 

     And most likely he will never ever have a chance to meet the sisters, Jacqueline and Marijoy Chiong. 

     Before he was arrested in Cebu, Larrañaga personally knew only Josman Aznar and barely, Rowen Adlawan. Aznar only knew Larrañaga and Adlawan.

      Rusia would have met every one in jail had the police planted him there to gather information as to whatever happened  to  the  other  sister, Jacqueline. After all, the priority at that time was to locate Jacqueline as soon as possible. He could have come out as a state witness after he would have found out where Jacqueline was.

      That would have been the most logical and smart thing to do. That is, if they really believed that Rusia was really part of the group and had witnessed everything. Or was he only used by the police and the prosecutors to implicate these seven fall guys? After all there was then a mad scramble for instant promotions being offered to whoever would help in their conviction. 

     On the other hand, the Uy brothers only knew Adlawan and Rusia. Both Caño and Balansag knew each other only.  

    Adlawan was the common denominator of the Larrañaga-Aznar Group and the younger group of the Uy brothers and Rusia.   

     All the three groups met for the very first time in the city jail when they introduced themselves with each other.  Jokingly, saying to each other, “So you are the one I was supposed to be with in raping and murdering those girls. Please to meet you.”

     Little did they know, seven years later, they would still be languishing in jail for a crime they could not have committed, much worse for a crime that did not happen.

     At least, not the way the police and the prosecutors would want us to believe happened the way they say it happened.