So my dog and I are setting off for Spain to trek the Camino de Santiago for Paco. We will walk 356 miles (573km), which is the exact distance that Paco Larrañaga was from the scene of the alleged crime on the 16th July 1997. The trek should take about 30 days. Paco has served nearly 15 years in prisons in both the Philippines and Spain for a crime he had no part in.
Last year Paco's niece competed in a public speaking competition against other grade 6 students from schools in her city and made it to the final round with her speech on her most inspirational character. In her own way, she wanted to do her part in telling Paco's story because, as she says "you never know if someone listening might be able to help"
Following the POV broadcast of Give Up Tomorrow on PBS, prominent members of the Filipino-American community, including Mrs. Loida Lewis, speak out for justice.
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. This is a video message he secretly recorded and released to Spain in 2005.
As a tropical storm beats down on the Philippine island of Cebu, two sisters leave work and never make it home... GIVE UP TOMORROW exposes a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly corrupt public officials, drug dealers, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. It is also an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry and sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man, Paco Larrañaga.