The defence of Paco against unfound accusations has run up against prejudice, corruption, and a political and judicial unwillingness to confront past errors. Below are some of the documents which have been landmarks in Paco’s struggle to prove his innocence of the accusations against him.
A letter from Paco’s “Unheard 35” witnesses that was released after his sentence was upgraded to death.
Paco was prohibited from testifying at his own trial in violation of the law. A further violation was the refusal to hear
witnesses of crucial importance to his defence. In protest, 35 alibi witnesses published their statements.
An appeal was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee following the Philippine Supreme Court’s
decision to raise Paco’s sentence to the Death Penalty. The UNHRC decision, which spells out the violations committed
against Paco, calls for an effective remedy within 90 days. That was 2006. Paco remains in prison serving a life sentence.
Treaty on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain
This document sets out the terms and conditions under which Paco was transferred from Bilibid Prison in The Philippines,
and his regime in the San Sebastian Penitenciary in Spain.
Philippine Bureau of Corrections Prisoner Record
This statement, setting out the variable terms of a life sentence, accompanied Paco on his transfer to Spain.
The Certification was later issued by Philippine authorities setting out clearly the maximum prison sentence Paco should
have to serve.
Ph Board of Pardons and Parole in the Department of Justice: Resolution 2010
In 2010 an appeal was submitted to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines requesting Executive Clemency and Absolute Pardon on the grounds of Emigration and Interests of Justice under the terms of the Philippine Constitution. The appeal was denied on the grounds that the case lacked merit. The appeal had the signed support of the Spanish government.