Low budget documentary films are quickly becoming the voice of activists. This one is no exception. It is one of the must sees. The strong title matches the film made with passion and love for justice. yoko

In 1997, 19-year-old culinary student Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the kidnap, rape, and murder of two sisters on the provincial island of Cebu in the Philippines. Despite demonstrable evidence of his innocence, including 40 eye-witnesses and photographs placing him hundreds of miles from the scene, Paco’s legal ordeal was only just beginning. Dubbed the Philippines’ “trial of the century,” Paco’s ordeal became a galvanizing focal point in a far-reaching exposé of gross miscarriage of justice at the highest levels.

Following the case and its aftermath for more than a decade, the filmmakers trace Paco’s story from the ethnic and class tensions at its roots, through a distracting thread of tabloid sensationalism, and ultimately to appeals and interventions from foreign governments and NGOs as the injustice of Paco’s situation becomes ever more stark and undeniable. At once a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and a stunning indictment of national corruption, Give Up Tomorrow is an engrossing, enraging true crime chronicle.

Set amidst old world vestiges of colonialism, classism and backdoor politics, GIVE UP TOMORROW rivetingly exposes a Kafkaesque contemporary world of corruption and injustice. In a murder case that ends a nation’s use of capital punishment, but fails to free an innocent man, two grieving mothers personify the chasms — both nightmarish in scope — that divide two families and, by extension, a nation.

Give Up Tomorrow is a feature documentary film premiering in competition at Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2011.

Directed by Michael Collins
Produced by Marty Syjuco



Francisco Juan “Paco” Larrañaga (born in 1977) is a dual-citizen of the Philippines and Spain convicted of murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection on February 3, 2004 for the kidnapping and murder of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong on July 16, 1997 in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.

Paco left death row last year after the death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in June. He has since been moved to a new unit in the same prison of New Bilibid, southern Manila. The son of former Basque jai-alai player/pelotari Manuel Larrañaga and Margot González, Paco has better conditions now in his new cell than those he suffered on death row but is still awaiting justice for a crime that he denies committing.

More than 35 witnesses comprised of Paco’s teachers and classmates at the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) in Quezon City testified under oath that he was in Metro Manila, another city, when the crime is said to have taken place in Cebu. However, the trial court considered these testimonies as irrelevant. Many other witnesses classmates and companions at the R&R restaurant, were not allowed to testify.

Airline and airport personnel also came to court with their flight records, indicating that Paco did not take any flight on July 16, 1997, nor was he on board any chartered aircraft that landed in or departed from Cebu during the relevant dates.

Larrañaga’s counsels Felicitas Aquino Arroyo and Sandra Marie Olaso Coronel urged the high court to admit the amicus curiae from the Basque Bar Council (BBC), Barcelona Bar Associations (BBA) and Bar Association of Madrid.

Former Ambassador Sedfrey Ordóñez claims he is the victim of a mistrial.

Fair Trials Abroad, an NGO working on behalf of EU citizens who face a miscarriage of justice, entered an Amicus brief which was submitted to the Supreme court by the European Commission’s Manila delegate.

The case has also drawn the attention of Amnesty International.
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Filipinas: Español condenado a muerte

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Esta acción ha concluido. Gracias a todos los que han participado en ella. Amnistía Internacional seguirá trabajando en el tema.

La Presidenta de Filipinas, Gloria Macapagal, anunció en Semana Santa de 2006 un “cambio de política” en relación a la pena de muerte. Según dice el gobierno Filipino ya no quedan condenados a muerte en Filipinas, todas las condenas han sido conmutadas por cadena perpetua. En la lucha contra la pena de muerte a nivel mundial, ésta es una gran noticia que implica un paso muy importante hacia la abolición. Filipinas fue el primer país de Asia en abolir la pena de muerte, aunque lamentablemente luego la reinstauró. Esperamos que pronto den los pasos necesarios para una abolición definitiva.

Entre los 1000 condenados que se van a beneficiar de esta medida se encuentra Paco Larrañaga, español cuya condena a muerte fue confirmada en julio 2005. En opinión de Amnistía Internacional, es una gran noticia que se le haya conmutado la pena de muerte, pero consideramos que debido a todas las irregularidades y falta de garantías que se dieron en el juicio, habrá que seguir trabajando y exigiendo la revisión del mismo.

Petición original:

El 21 de julio el Tribunal Supremo filipino ha confirmado la pena de muerte por inyección letal de Paco Larrañaga. Ahora su única esperanza es que la Presidenta de Filipinas le otorgue el perdón.

Paco Larrañaga, español de 26 años, lleva desde los 19 en la cárcel en Filipinas. Amnistía Internacional pide se le conmute la condena a muerte, un castigo que supone una violación al derecho a la vida y el derecho de toda persona a no ser sometida a penas crueles e inhumanas.

La Presidenta de Filipinas, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, levantó en noviembre de 2003 la suspensión de las ejecuciones en los casos de condenados por secuestro y tráfico de drogas. Al finalizar el 2004 había un total de 1.110 presos pendientes de ejecución. Desde la restauración de la pena de muerte en 1993 se han llevado a cabo 7 ejecuciones. Además, al menos 21 jóvenes continúan condenados a muerte por delitos cometidos cuando tenían menos de 18 años, aún cuando la ley en Filipinas establece con claridad que los menores no pueden ser condenados ni ejecutados.