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Movie about ‘Chiong sisters’ murder’ draws flak online

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Netizens weren’t happy about the controversial new movie “Jacqueline Comes Home,” a supposed retelling of the heavily publicized murder case of Chiong sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline in 1997.

In 1999, a young man from Cebu named Paco Larrañaga was convicted of murder along with seven other co-defendants who were believed to have committed the crime as a group.

But some are skeptical about the film and the motive behind the remake—specially since there’s also a strong case that Larrañaga was convicted out of mistrial and corruption in the criminal justice system.

“So you had a movie made to tell your side and now all the more it’s making you look bad because people now want to know what really happened. Any chance a certain senator was in on this too?” tweeted Raquel Fortun, who was then called by the defense to examine the case.

In 2011, the documentary “Give up Tomorrow” was released to explain Larrañaga’s side and to expose the alleged mistrial. The film showed around 40 witnesses that were willing to testify in Paco’s defense, but were denied a chance in court.

“To everyone asking me where they can watch “Give Up Tomorrow,” the documentary about Paco Larrañaga, the alleged leader of the Chiong 7 gang who allegedly kidnapped, raped, and murdered the Chiong Sisters, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffPBYQEABQo … See how dirty our judiciary is,” tweeted netizen Irish Dizon.

“Upon watching this I realized that our country has no right to bring back the death penalty because sadly we have such a horrible justice system. Making innocent people suffer for something they didn’t even do? NO,” another tweetd.

Twitter page “Free Paco Now” also outlined some details about the case that were hidden from the public:

Two decades later, mysteries still clout this controversial case.

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