Larrañaga turned over to Spain

Posted at 10/06/2009 2:35 PM | Updated as of 10/06/2009 2:37 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday confirmed that Paco Larrañaga has been transferred to the Spanish government to serve the rest of his term for the rape and double murder of the Chiong sisters.

In a phone interview, acting DOJ Secretary Agnes Devanadera said they received the order from the lower court on Monday, and Larrañaga departed the Philippines between 10 and 11 am on Tuesday.

Devanadera said there are no legal repercussions since the Philippines just followed the Philippines-Spain Transfer of Sentenced Persons Agreement, and made sure the civil liabilities have been paid.

The bilateral treaty is not a road to freedom, she said.

The Chiong family reportedly received P750,000 in civil damages from Larrañaga.

Larrañaga and other scions of rich families in Cebu were convicted for the kidnapping, homicide and rape of the Chiong sisters in 1997.

Under the prisoner exchange treaty, the Philippine government would extradite Larrañaga to Spain in exchange for 2 Filipino prisoners in Spanish jails. -- report from Timi Nubla, ABS-CBN News