Film on Larrañaga's conviction wins at Tribeca film fest

Posted at 05/02/2011 11:52 AM | Updated as of 05/02/2011 7:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - "Give Up Tomorrow," a documentary feature film about the case of Paco Larrañaga who was convicted for the 1997 murder of Chiong sisters in Cebu, has bagged the Heineken Audience Award at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Director Michael Collins took home $25,000, according to the festival's official website.

The second place went to "Semper Fi: Always Faithful," while "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life" placed third.

Larrañaga and other scions of rich families in Cebu were convicted for the kidnapping, murder and rape of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in Cebu. The Supreme Court imposed the death sentence on all but one of the convicts. Their sentences were commuted to life imprisonment after President Arroyo abolished the death penalty.

In 2009, Larrañaga, a Filipino-Spanish citizen, was transferred to the Spanish government where he is serving the rest of his term.

"Give Up Tomorrow" points to a number of holes in his conviction and suggests widespread corruption in the Philippines. -With a report from Reuters

Photo taken from the official website of Tribeca Film Festival