‘It’s like we lost our children again’: Chiong sisters' parents on rape-slay convicts' possible early release

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2019 12:56 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2019 01:08 PM

CEBU CITY - The parents of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong on Thursday cried injustice after learning that 3 of the 7 convicts in the rape-slay of their children may benefit from a law that allows early release of prisoners over good conduct. 

"It is an injustice! When the conviction has already served the justice for my children," said Thelma Chiong.

Chiong and her husband recently learned that the 3 may be released because of good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

It is the same controversial provision from which rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez, a former Calauan, Laguna mayor, was said to possibly benefit according to earlier statements of officials, causing uproar from the public and families of his victims Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez. 

"It's like we lost our children again," said the victims' father Dionesio Chiong. 

The periods for good conduct time allowance were increased in a 2013 law, Republic Act 10592, which included detention period in the computation and increased the number of days that may be credited for good conduct.

The Chiongs fought back tears as they visited the columbarium of their daughters on Thursday morning.

The Chiong sisters were raped and killed in July 1997 in Cebu. Seven suspects were convicted and brought to the maximum security prison in Muntinlupa City except for one, Paco Larrañaga, who is detained in Spain.

The couple is hoping to appeal before President Rodrigo Duterte so their daughters’ killers would not be released.