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EVIDENCE 11. Hence, this appeal.

11. Hence, this appeal. Appellant insists that Taneo’s credibility is questionable because the latter had earlier been charged
III. in two (2 criminal cases for robbery.
Rule 130, Section 20- Witnesses
People vs. Taneo ISSUES:
FACTS:
1. Whether or not the mere pendency of criminal case against a person disqualify him from becoming a witness.
1. The above-named accused were charged with the crime of Robbery with Homicide.
2. Whether or not the appellate court has the authority to disturb the findings of the trial court when the issue of
2. Co-accused Victor Taneo, alias Opao (Kalbo) testified that he is a jeepney dispatcher (barker). BebotEscoreal, another credibility of a witness is concerned.
accused herein is his long-time friend who is also a barker at Juan Luna Street, Cebu City. 3. Whether or not the court a quo correctly considered the statement given by the victim Landa Robert to Herminia as
3. On December 22, 1986 at 11:00 o'clock in the morning, he saw BebotEscoreal talking to a person. He approached part of the res gestae.
Escoreal and the latter introduced him to the person who turned out to be Roy Codilla. After knowing each other, the4. Whether or not defense of alibi prevails over the positive identification of the accused.
conversation continued with Codilla saying that he (Codilla) planned to rob the house of his former employer, Dr. Sia,
as his revenge. Codilla then told him (Taneo) to procure money to be used in entertaining Dr. Sia's houseboy, Jose HELD:
Robert. They were briefed by Codilla that in the house of Dr. Sia are a maid and houseboy. Codilla stated that after the
robbery has been pulled (sic), Codilla will bring them to Manila. With his P20.00, they, Codilla, Arnel Go, Escoreal and1. No. Section 20, Rule 130 of the Rules of Court provides that except as provided for in the succeeding sections, all
himself, boarded a jeepney towards the place of Dr. Sia. persons who can perceive, and perceiving, can make known their perception to others, may be witnesses. Religious or
4. While houseboy Jose Robert and househelperLanda Robert were cleaning the yard, Codilla entered the Sia premises political belief, interest in the outcome of the case or conviction of a crime unless otherwise provided by law, shall not
for the purpose of inviting Jose Robert outside. Codilla told his companions to stay behind at the corner street and to be a ground for disqualification.BesidesTaneo admits that these cases were dismissed for failure to prosecute.
wait for his signal. After the agreed signal of Codilla, placing his right hand on the right side of his head, they went
inside the house of Dr. Sia. Leaving behind Jose at the store, Codilla joined them. Escoreal stayed outside as lookout. Clearly, the mere pendency of a criminal case against a person does not disqualify him from becoming a witness. As a
Once inside, Codilla boxed the maid hitting her in the midsection of the stomach. The maid fell on the floor and Codilla matter of fact, conviction of a crime does not disqualify such person from being presented as a witness unless
ordered them to finish her off as she can identify them. He and Codilla got coke bottles under the dining table and otherwise provided by law.35 At his arraignment, Victor Taneo voluntarily pleaded guilty to an information which
struck the maid on her forehead, head and mouth. They took from a room Sony Cassette Recorder, Sharp Cassette charges conspiracy. He was not discharged as a state witness — a sure guarantee of acquittal36 — and he did not
Recorder and some tapes, while Arnel Go in another room, gathered some calculators. impute criminal responsibility solely on the appellant. Thus, if he were to testify falsely against the latter, he must have
been moved by a strong, improper and ulterior motive. That motive must have been established; appellant failed to do
5. At the groundfloor of Perpetual Succour Hospital, the severely injured and bloody maid managed to reveal to her (Dr. so. In the absence of evidence to show any reason or motive why witnesses for the prosecution should have testified
Sia) in the presence of Corazon Gonzales and Patrolman Lopez, that Roy Codilla was the one who struck her. Landa falsely, the logical conclusion is that no improper motive existed, and that their testimony is worthy of full faith and
Robert was treated for multiple lacerations in head and face caused by a blunt object. Five hours (days) later,she died credit.3
due to compression of vital brain centers.
6. Roy Codilla, assisted by counsel, entered a plea of not guilty while Victor Taneo (voluntarily pleaded guilty.3The trial
court4 issued an Order finding the latter guilty as charged and sentencing him to suffer the penalty of reclusion2. No. Deeply embedded in our jurisprudence and amply supported by an impressive array of cases is the rule that when
perpetua. the issue of credibility of a witness is concerned, the appellate court will generally not disturb the findings of the
7. Accused Codilla, testified that in April 1984, he was hired by Dr. Sia as security guard of her residence. When Codilla trial court, considering that the latter is in a better position to decide the question, having heard the witness himself
started bringing his friends to the house of Dr. Sia, the latter felt peeved because Codilla's friends were of questionable and observed his deportment and manner of testifying during the trial, unless certain facts of substance and value had
and suspicious-looking characters. She was told by Codilla that his companions were jeepney dispatchers in the been plainly overlooked which, if considered, might affect the results of the case.21
downtown area. Not being at ease with such situation, she fired Codilla..
8. He denied the charge that he and Taneo committed robbery-homicide in Sia residence at 5:30 p.m. of December 22, We have painstakingly examined the records of this case and the transcripts of stenographic notes of the testimonies
1986 because on that day he was in the house of Jose Robert, his friend, who just arrived from Manila and went home of the witnesses and find no cogent reason to disregard the rule and give way to the exception. The full faith and credit
at 10:30 o'clock in the morning of said day, passing first in his aunt's house at Camp Lapulapu.. given by the trial court to the testimonies of the HerminiaSia and Victor Taneo are supported by the evidence. In fact,
9. He claimed that Dr. Sia instigated Taneo to implicate him because at one time that Dr. Sia hired somebody to lob a the tenor of the assigned errors and the arguments summoned to support them betray the appellant's realization of
grenade in the house of the wife of her boyfriend, he stopped her. That is the only reason why Dr. Sia wanted him to the infirmity of his stand. Were it not for the gravity of the offense charged and the penalty imposed, this conclusion
be jailed.Furthermore, .appellant insists that Victor Taneo's credibility is questionable because the latter had earlier could have written an early finis to the appeal.
been charged in two criminal cases for robbery.
10. Giving full faith and credit to the prosecution's version of the incident, particularly to the testimonies of Dr. Sia, which3. Yes. The court a quo correctly considered the statement given by the victim, Landa Robert, to HerminiaSia as part of
it describes to be straightforward, without hesitation and concise."7 and that of Victor Taneo who "[V]ividly in detail, . . the res gestae. Landa's declaration that it was the appellant who struck her was given while she was still at the ground
. disclosed how he met Codilla" and how the latter "laid his plan to 'hit' the house of his former employer for floor of the Perpetual Succour Hospital awaiting to be admitted for treatment. She was rushed to said hospital
revenge,"8 and considering the statement given by Landa to Dr. Sia at the hospital — that she, Landa, was struck by immediately after the incident in question and was operated on for four (4) hours starting at 8:00 o'clock that evening
Roy Codilla — as part of the res gestae,9 the trial court, found the accused Roy Codilla guilty beyond reasonable doubt until 12:00 midnight. She died five (5) days later.
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The following three (3) requisites must concur before evidence of the res gestae may be admitted: (1) the principal act,9.In the present recourse, accused-appellant basically raises factual issues. He stresses his presence at the SOUTHCOM
the res gestae, be a startling occurrence; (2) the statements were made before the declarant had time to contrive or headquarters in the morning of 3 November 1980, contrary to the testimony of prosecution witness RogeneAcasio,
devise; and (3) the statements must concern the occurrence in question and its immediately attending circumstance also an inmate, that he was drinking liquor with Balanon and the victims.
10. Appellant faults the trial court for giving credence to the testimony of Acasio who was not only probably drunk, but
All that is required for the admissibility of a given statement as part of the res gestae, is that it be made under the was a convicted hijacker and falsifier of public documents as well; hence, apt to fabricate his testimony.
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influence of a startling event witnessed by the person who made the declaration before he had time to think and 11. Appellant also discredits prosecution witness Elsa de la Cruz by highlighting her alleged inconsistent statements, i.e.,
make up a story,25 or to concoct or contrive a falsehood,26 or to fabricate an account,27 and without any undue she allegedly averred that she got a close view of the accused when she was still boarding the bus, but on cue from the
influence in obtaining prosecutor, she said she was already on board the bus
it,28 aside from referring to the event in question or its immediate attending circumstances. 29The cases are not
uniform as to the interval of time that should separate the occurence of the startling event from the making of the ISSUES:
declaration.
1. Whether or not Appellant’s alibi can stand in the face of his clear and positive identification by Acasio who,appellant
In the instant case, We find the interval of time between the robbery and the infliction of the injuries upon Landa even admitted, had no ill to implicate him.
Robert, and her making of the statement, which the appellant claims to before (4) hours or more, to be sufficient and
2. Whether or not the trial court erred for giving credence to the testimony of Acasio who was not only probably drunk,
adequate to bring such statement to be so nearly contemporaneous as to be in the presence of the transaction or
but was a convicted hijacker and falsifier of public documents as well; hence, apt to fabricate his testimony.
occurrence which it illustrated or explained. Landa was brought to the hospital where she made the statement
3. Whether or not inconsistency of the witness that is too trivial may affect the straightforward account of the shooting
immediately after the commission of the crime. Given her condition at that time — she was hovering between life and
death — she could have hardly been expected to conjure up a story or concoct and contrive a falsehood by falsely of the victims by appellant.
imputing upon the appellant responsibility for her injuries. There is as well no doubt that the principal act in question
HELD:
was a startling occurrence upon which Landa's statement about her assailant relates to. In short, all the requisites for
the admission of such statement as part of the res gestae are present. 1. No. Appellant's alibi cannot stand in the face of his clear and positive identification by Acasio who, appellant even
admitted, had no ill will to implicate him (Balanon) in the crime. Moreover, there is no compelling reason to depart
4. No. Since the appellant had been identified, his defense of alibi must fail. It is a fundamental judicial dictum that the from the assessment of the credibility of the witnesses made by the trial judge who, unlike the reviewing court, had
defense of alibi cannot prevail over the positive identification of the accused. the occasion and opportunity to observe their demeanor and detect any badge of fabrication. But even
granting arguendo appellant's claim to be true, this does not contradict the testimonies of other prosecution witnesses
People vs. Balanon that he shot the victims to death.
FACTS: 2. No. Probability is not evidence, and even if Acasio took alcohol, it does not follow that he was drunk. Moreover, a
drunk person is competent to testify on what he sees or experiences, however limited or hazy his perception may be.
1. On 3 November 1980, Roberto Laino and Gregorio Santillan, both trustee inmates 1 of San Ramon Penal Farm, were In the same way, a hijacker or a falsifier is not necessarily a liar. Under the Rules of Court, conviction of a crime, unless
exchanging fist blows along the national highway in Labuan, Zamboanga City. otherwise provided by law, shall not be a ground for disqualification of witnesses.6
2. Accused Sgt. Jerry Balanon, an enlisted man of the Philippine Army assigned at the Southern Command Headquarters3. No. Ms. de la Cruz could be referring to two instances when accused came close to Ms. Sinsuan, i.e., when the latter
(SOUTHCOM), was standing nearby. As the fight progressed, Sgt. Balanon left for a nearby store. was already inside the bus and when she was still boarding the bus, and the follow-up question of the prosecutor
3. Ms. Maria LuningningSinsuan and Ms. Elsa de la Cruz, both teachers in the Labuan Barangay High School were twenty referred to the instance when the witnesses were still boarding. But even if we consider as inconsistent this portion of
to twenty-five meters away from the protagonists. One of them shouted for help so Ms. Sinsuan went near to pacify Ms. de la Cruz' testimony, this is too trivial to affect their straightforward account of the shooting of the victims by
them saying, "Tama nayan." appellant.
4. One of them retorted, "Alammo Ma'am . . .," but was cut short when Balanon went to Ms. Sinsuan, then told her not
to interfere. Then he went back to the two quarreling inmates, pulled a gun suddenly from his waist, and shot them While it may be unnatural for a person who has just committed a grave felony to walk back and forth and approach
one after another twice. bystanders amiably instead of fleeing, criminal acts are aberrations and criminals are not expected to act naturally,
5. Later at six o'clock in the evening, Sgt. Balanon was picked up by some ten members of the 36th Infantry Batallion in especially in this case where the crime was committed in front of several witnesses.
connection with the killing of Laino and Santillan. Subsequently, Balanon was charged with murder on two counts, both
qualified by evident premeditation and treachery. The qualifying circumstance of treachery is not disputed since the victims were suddenly shot, unexpectedly, and were
6. Sgt. Balanon set up the defense of alibi and mistaken identity. He claimed he was "delivering information to an not in a position to defend themselves.
intelligence community."
7. The trial court convicted Sgt. Balanon of the crime charged qualified by treachery. While the victims were using their bare fists to settle their differences, the accused used a deadly firearm to silence
8. Hence, this appeal. them. Appellant's guilt having been established beyond reasonable doubt, the affirmance of his conviction is
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People vs. Baid 1. No. It has long been settled that a person should not be disqualified on the basis of mental handicap
FACTS: alone.Notwithstanding her mental illness, complainant showed that she was qualified to be a witness, i.e., she could
perceive and was capable of making known her perceptions to others.18 Her testimony indicates that she could
1. This is an appeal from the decision1 of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 95, Quezon City, finding accused-appellant Eric understand questions particularly relating to the incident and could give responsive answers to them.
Baid y Ominta guilty of the crime of rape against Nieva Garcia y Saban, a mental patient, and sentencing him to suffer Though she may have exhibited emotions inconsistent with that of a rape victim ("inappropriate affect") during her
the penalty of reclusion perpetua. testimony, such as by smiling when answering questions, her behavior was such as could be expected from a person
2. Complainant is a 27-year old single woman, who was diagnosed as having suffered from schizophrenia since 1988. In suffering from schizophrenia. Otherwise, complainant was candid, straightforward, and coherent.
December 1996, she was confined at the Holy Spirit Clinic in Cubao, Quezon City because of a relapse of her mental Furthermore, aside from the testimony of Dr. Salangad on complainant's consciousness and memory,21 it is
condition.3 On the other hand, accused-appellant was a nurse-aide of said clinic. established that schizophrenic persons do not suffer from a clouding of consciousness and gross deficits of
3. On December 22, 1996, at around 3 a.m., accused-appellant sneaked into the patients' room.He woke the complainant memory.Whatever may be the inconsistencies in her testimony, they are minor and inconsequential. They show that
up and offered her a cigarette, at the same time touching her foot. Complainant took the cigarette. As she smoked it, complainant's testimony was unrehearsed, and rather than diminish the probative value of her testimony, they
accused-appellant caressed her. Apparently, she was aroused, because she afterward removed her pants. It turned out reinforce it.
she was not wearing any underwear. Accused-appellant also removed his pants and the two had sexual intercourse.
Afterwards, they transferred under the bed and continued their sexual intercourse. A female patient who had been2. No.The plausibility of an allegation of rape does not depend on the number of witnesses presented during the trial, so
awakened tried to separate the two, and, as she failed to do so, she went out to call the two nurses on duty. The much so that, if the testimonies so far presented clearly and credibly established the commission of the crime,
nurses responded but, when they arrived, accused-appellant had left, while complainant had already put on her pants corroborative evidence would only be a mere surplusage.27 In this case, the trial court gave credence to the
4. Complainant was brought later during the day before Dr. Emmanuel Reyes for medico-legal examination. He concluded testimonies of the prosecution witnesses on the basis of which it adjudged accused-appellant guilty. In the absence of
that the subject is in non-virgin state physically and there are no external signs of application of any form of bias, partiality, and grave abuse of discretion on the part of the presiding judge, his findings as to their credibility are
violence.The remarks stated was”vaginal and peri-urethral smears are negative for gram negative diplococci and for entitled to utmost respect as he had the opportunity to observe their demeanor on the witness stand.
spermatozoa.”
5. Accused-appellant admitted that he knew the complainant but claimed he did not know the reason for her3. No.As already stated, accused-appellant invoked alibi in his defense. He claimed that, at the time of the incident, he
confinement. He denied the allegations against him. He testified that, on the date and time referred to by the was in his quarters at the Holy Spirit Clinic sleeping. For the defense of alibi to be believed, the following requisites
complainant, he was asleep in the nurse-aide quarters located about ten meters from the room where complainant must be met: (a) his presence at another place at the time of the perpetration of the offense must be proven; and (b) it
was staying. He admitted, however, that to go to the patients' room, he did not have to pass by the nurses' station. He was physically impossible for him to be at the scene of the crime.
said he knew that, at the time in question, there were two nurses on duty and ten patients in the room.
6. The RTC rendered a judgment finding the accused guilty of the crime beyond reasonable doubt. Accused-appellant's testimony itself demonstrates the untenability of his alibi. First, his declaration that he was in
7. Accused-appellant contends that the trial court erred in convicting him of rape. another room of the clinic is uncorroborated. Second, the room in which he said he was sleeping at that time of the
8. It is contended that as complainant is a schizophrenic, her testimony should not have been given credence by the trial incident was only a few meters away from the patients' room where complainant was confined. Third, he admitted
court. It is argued that: (1) there were serious inconsistencies between her sworn statement and her testimony in that, as a nurse-aide, he was allowed to enter the patients' room anytime for purposes of checking on the patients.
court; (2) the prosecution failed to present witnesses to corroborate her testimony; (3) complainant failed to identify Above all, his alibi cannot be given credence because complainant has pointed to him as the culprit of the rape. In
accused-appellant; (4) the results of the medico-legal examination were negative for spermatozoa; (5) the healed cases in which the accused-appellant was identified by the victim herself who harbored no ill motive against him, the
lacerations showed that complainant had sexual intercourse seven days before the alleged incident; and (6) the defense of alibi was rejected.
probability was that her allegations of rape were merely a product of her fantasy.
9. Accused-appellant questions in this appeal the qualifications of Dr. Salangad as an expert witness. As to the fact that
Accused-appellant assails the trial court's finding of lack of consent on the part of the complainant to the sexual act. As
Dr. Salangad was hired by the family of complainant to give expert testimony as a psychiatrist.
the facts show, complainant herself admitted that she agreed to have sex with him after he gave her a stick of
ISSUES: cigarette. However, it should be stressed that complainant was in no position to give her consent.

1. Whether or not a person should be disqualified as a witness on the basis of mental handicap alone.
2.
4.
Whether or not the plausibility of an allegation of rape depends on the number of witnesses presented during the trial.
No. The absence of spermatozoa in the genitalia of complainant does not destroy the finding of rape since ejaculation
is never an element thereof.29 What consummates the felony is the contact of the penis of the perpetrator, however
3. Whether or not the defense of alibi is unavailing where the accused was identified by the victim herself who harbored slight, to the vagina of his victim without her consent.30 Neither is it required that lacerations be found in the victim's
no ill motive against the accused. hymen. We have held that a medical examination is not a requisite for a rape charge to prosper as long as the victim
4. Whether or not the absence of spermatozoa in genitalia of complainant destroy the finding of rape. categorically and consistently declares that she has been defiled.31 In this case, aside from complainant's positive
testimony, the medical examination of the complainant showed an abrasion on her labia minora, indicating that she
had recent sexual intercourse.32 That the deep healed lacerations found on the complainant's genitalia may have been
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5. The fact that Dr. Salangad was hired by the family of complainant to give expert testimony as a psychiatrist did not by4. Whether or not the trial court’s appreciation of the witness’ testimony, truthfulness, honesty, and candor, deserves
that fact alone make her a biased witness and her testimony unworthy of consideration. As has been said: the highest respect.

HELD:
. Although courts are not ordinarily bound by expert testimonies, they may place whatever weight they choose upon
such testimonies in accordance with the facts of the case. The relative weight and sufficiency of expert testimony is1. Yes.A person is competent to be a witness if (a) he is capable of perceiving at the time of the occurrence of the fact and
peculiarly within the province of the trial court to decide, considering the ability and character of the witness, his (b) he can make his perception known.20
actions upon the witness stand, the weight and process of the reasoning by which he has supported his opinion, his True, in 1939, Divinaflor was not born yet, but in 1945, he was four years old, residing in Maramba, Oas, Albay, where
possible bias in favor of the side for whom he testifies, the fact that he is a paid witness, the relative opportunities for the subject lot is located. As his testimony goes, he and MarcialListana were barrio mates, and that he usually passes
study and observation of the matters about which he testifies, and any other matters which deserve to illuminate his by the subject land.
statements. The opinion of the expert may not be arbitrarily rejected; it is to be considered by the court in view of all
The fact that Divinaflor was only a child at the required inception of possession does not render him incompetent to
the facts and circumstances in the case and when common knowledge utterly fails, the expert opinion may be given
testify on the matter. It is well-established that any child regardless of age,can be a competent witness id he is
controlling effect (20 Am. Jur., 1056-1058). The problem of the credibility of the expert witness and the evaluation of
capable of relating truthfully facts for which he is examined.21 The requirements of a child's competence as a witness
his testimony is left to the discretion of the trial court whose ruling thereupon is not reviewable in the absence of an
abuse of that discretion.35 are: (a) capacity of observation; (b) capacity of recollection; and (c) capacity of communication. 22 There is no showing
that as a child, claimant did not possess the foregoing qualifications. It is not necessary that a witness' knowledge of
the fact to which he testifies was obtained in adulthood. He may have first acquired knowledge of the fact during
People vs. CA
childhood that is at the age of four, which knowledge was reinforced through the years up until he testified in court in
G.R.No. 116372
1990. There is reason to reject petitioner's claim that Divinaflor is incompetent to testify regarding Listana's possession
FACTS:
since it appears undisputed that Divinaflor grew up in Maramba, Oas, Albay, and had occasion to see Listana
1. This case stems from Cadastral Case initiated by the Director of Lands, as petitioner before the Regional Trial Court of possessing the land.
Ligao, Albay. 2. No. It is axiomatic that a witness' "interest in the outcome of a case shall not be ground for disqualification, and that
2. In due time, Romeo Divinaflor filed his answer to the petition relative to Lot No. 10739 with an area of 10,775 square such an interest, if shown, while perhaps, indicating the need for caution in considering the witness' testimony, does
meters situated in Oas, Albay, claiming ownership of said lot by virtue of possession for over thirty years. not of itself operate to reduce his credit; indeed, his testimony must be judged on its own merits, and if ** (it) is
3. When this case was called for initial hearing, nobody offered any opposition. Whereupon, an order of general default otherwise clear and convincing and not destroyed by other evidence on record, it may be relied upon."17 In this case,
against the whole world was issued. Claimant was allowed to present his evidence. both the trial court and the Court of Appeals found Divinaflor's testimony to be convincing, a finding with which, in the
4. Originally, the land was owned by MarcialListana who began possession and occupying the same in the concept of premises, this Court will not and cannot take issue.
owner, openly, continuously, adversely, notoriously and exclusively since 1939. 3. No.The issue of incompetence of Divinaflor to testify on the possession of his predecessor-in-interest since 1939 in
5. On May 21, 1973, claimant acquired ownership of the land by means of deed of absolute sale (Exh. 2). He caused the likewise unavailing and must be rejected. A timely objection was never made by petitioner on the ground of
same to be declared in his name under Tax Dec. No. 1442 (Exh. 3). There was another reassessment under Tax Dec. No. incompetence of Divinaflor to testify on this matter at any stage of the proceedings. It is an elementary rule in
35 (Exh. 3-a). He continued planting on the land and all the products are used for the benefit of his family. evidence that:
6. Finding that the claimant, together with his predecessor-in-interest, has "satisfactorily possessed and occupied this "When a witness is produced, it is a right and privilege accorded to the adverse party to object to his examination on
land in the concept of owner, openly, continuously, adversely, notoriously and exclusively since 1939 very much earlier the ground of incompetence to testify. If a party knows before trial that a witness is incompetent, objection must be
to June 12, 1945," the court ordered the registration and confirmation of Lot 10739 in the name of the Spouses Romeo made before trial that a witness is incompetent, objection must be made before he has given any testimony; if the
Divinaflor and NenitaRadan. incompetence appears on the trial, it must be interposed as soon as it becomes apparent."18
7. The Director of Lands appealed to the Court of Appeals alleging that the finding of the trial court that claimant- Simply put, any objection to the admissibility of evidence should be made at the time such evidence is offered or as
appellee and his predecessor-in-interest have possessed Lot 10739 since 1939 is not sufficiently supported by the soon thereafter as the objection to its admissibility becomes apparent, otherwise the objection will be considered
evidence. The Director contended that the earliest tax declaration presented by claimant took effect only in 1980 and waived and such evidence will form part of the records of the case as competent and admissible evidence. 19 The failure
the certificate of real estate tax payment is dated 1990. It was further contended that the testimony of Romeo of petitioner to interpose a timely objection to the presentation of Divinaflor's testimony results in the waiver of any
Divinaflor was largely self-serving, he being the applicant. objection to the admissibility thereof and he is therefore barred from raising said issue on appeal.
8. The facts, as found by the trial court and affirmed by the Court of Appeals. 4. Yes.Being in a better position to observe the witnesses, the trial court's appreciation of the witness' testimony,
9. The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgement of the RTC. truthfulness, honesty, and candor, deserves the highest respect. Denial of the instant petition is proper in light of the
well-entrenched doctrine upholding the factual findings of the trial court when affirmed by the Court of Appeals. 6 It is
ISSUES: likewise very basic that only errors of law and not of facts are revisable by this Court in petitions for review on
certiorari under Rule 45, which is the very rule relied upon by petitioner.7
1. Whether or not any child regardless of age, can be a competent witness.
While the sole issue as so worded appears to raise an error of law, the arguments that follow in support thereof
2. Whether or not the witness’ interest in the outcome of a case shall be a ground for disqualification.
pertain to factual issues. In effect, petitioner would have us analyze or weigh all over again the evidence presented in
3. Whether or not the adverse party has the right and privilege to object to his examination on the ground of
the courts a quo in complete disregard of the well-settled rule that "the jurisdiction of this Court in cases brought to it
incompetency to testify.
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from the Court of Appeals is limited to the review and revision of errors of law allegedly committed by the appellate7. The defense attacked the damaging contents of the NCMH psychiatric evaluation report anchored on the following
court, as its findings of fact are deemed conclusive. This Court is not bound to analyze and weigh all over again the grounds: (1) said report is hearsay because the doctors who prepared and issued the same were not presented in
evidence already considered in the proceedings below." 8 Indeed, It is not the function of the Supreme Court to assess court; and (2) it was not offered in evidence by the prosecution.
and evaluate all over again the evidence, testimonial and evidentiary, adduced by the parties particularly where the8. Both LAGARTO and CORDERO claim that the prosecution failed to prove the act of death of Angel Alquiza because her
findings of both the trila court and the appellate court on the matter coincide.9 death certificate was not proffered in evidence. Instead, the prosecution presented the Autopsy Report (Exh. "C"),
The determination of whether claimants were in open, continuous, exclusive and notorious possession under a bona which allegedly cannot be considered as proof of the fact of death of Angel "because there was no proper and
fide claim of ownership since 1945 as required by law, is a question of fact 14 which was resolved affirmatively by the sufficient identification of the victim that was mentioned in said autopsy Report."
trial court and the Court of Appeals. Such factual finding will not be reversed on appeal except for the most compelling
reasons. None has been adduced in the case at bar. ISSUES:

People vs. Lagarto 1. Whether or not a mental retardate or a feeble minded person could qualify as a competent witness.
2. Whether or not the contents of a sworn statement should prevail over testimony in open court in case of conflict.
FACTS: 3. Whether or not an autopsy report can be considered as proof of fact of death of the victim..

1. On 2 August 1994, PO3 Edgardo E. Koreceived an information from PO3 Mabilisan of Station 11 that a dead body in a HELD:1. Yes. We have ruled that even a mental retardate or a feeble-minded person could qualify as a competent
sack was found at around 4:30 p.m. floating in the flooded street of Del Pan near the corner of Lavizares St., Binondo, witness.90.Barlam could certainly perceive and make known her perception to others. Even if she is deaf, she saw what
Manila.The responding policemen immediately brought the body to the police morgue at Tres Amigos Memorial happened on 2 August 1994. She related what she saw to the police on 4 August 1994; to the psychiatrists who
Chapel. examined her at NCMH on 26, 29, and 31 August 1994; and to the trial court on 26 August, 3 and 4 October 1994. Did
2. A. certain RomezenAlquiza called the police station, inquiring about the body recovered from Del Pan, Tondo, Manila, she "intelligently" make known her perception to others, especially when she testified in court? Certainly, she did.
whose description matched his sister Angel who, had been missing since the night of 1 August 1994. Everybody understood her even if some of her statements on minor points were inconsistent. A perusal of the
3. Romezen went to said mortuary to look at the body. Indeed, it was Angel Alquiza.2 He then requested the National transcript of stenographic notes would readily reveal that counsels for the defense attempted in vain to confuse her on
Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Medico-Legal Office to autopsy Angels body.3 Said office also issued a Certificate of relevant facts, even confronting her with her sworn statement — a clear indication that she connected with them
Identification of Dead Body,4 which was signed by Romezen. "intelligently."Because of Barlam's "deafness and associated mental retardation," the defense harped that she should
4. Lagunday was arrested as the primary suspect in the case. During custodial investigation, and after he was apprised of be disqualified from testifying. The disquisition above, notwithstanding, we have ruled that even a mental retardate or
his constitutional rights, Lagunday admitted his culpability and pointed to two other men as his cohorts, namely, @ a feeble-minded person could qualify as a competent witness.90
"Boboy" and @ "Boyet." In the ensuing investigation, Lagunday also positively identified LAGARTO as one of
companions on that fateful night.Accused-appellant CORDERO @ "Booster" was subsequently implicated by Lagunday Nature of NCHM report: Having made upon order of the trial court, such report is in the nature of an official document
as the mastermind15 and pointed to Manlangit, Baltazar, and Yaon as their lookout. CORDERO was further linked to the in aid of judicial determination. It is not evidence for the prosecution or against the defense but a document — a
crime by a certain laundry woman named Ofelia Lagman, who, having washed laundry for Corderos several times; scientific report — prepared and issued by an entity totally removed from the criminal proceedings, hence, indifferent,
allegedly remembered seeing on top of their washing machine a round yellow tablecloth matching the one in which objective, and impartial. To be utilized by the trial court, it need not be offered in evidence by the prosecution because
Angels body was wrapped. the court may take judicial notice of its existence and composition. It is also for this reason that its contents cannot be
5. Prosecution witness Herminia37 Barlam categorically pointed to CORDERO and LAGARTO as among the three men (the rejected on account of being hearsay.
other one being deceased Lagunday) she saw in the warehouse at Kagitingan St. at around 2:00 a.m. on 2 August 1994.
She witnessed how they stabbed the face and genitals of Angel, hit her with a piece of wood, raped her as she bled, 2.No. Testimony in open court generally prevails since ex parte affidavits.Barlam's erratic behavior became manifest as
and eventually killed her. She saw how they tied her hands and feet, wrapped her lifeless form in a yellow tablecloth, the hearing droned on, but so did the clarity and consistency of her narration.Barlam's testimony, in our opinion,
and put her inside a sack. Because of her hearing impairment, however, the defense sought to disqualify her on the adequately established the liability of Lagunday, LAGARTO, and CORDERO for raping and killing Angel Alquiza. She not
basis of incompetence and repeatedly requested that she be taken to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) only proved to be competent but also truthful in her narration of what transpired on 2 August 1994. Her sworn
to determine if she was competent to testify. statement might not entirely jibe with her oral testimony, but we have ruled that in case of conflict between the
contents of a sworn statement and testimony in open court, the latter generally prevails since ex parte affidavits are
6. Evaluation shows that patient is classified as having moderate mental retardation associated with deafness, which is
often incomplete and inaccurate because by their nature, they are ordinarily prepared by a person other than the
characterized by a subaverage intelligence quotient (between 35-55), but may achieve self-maintenance in unskilled or
affiant.98 Barlam may have strangely at times, but such idiosyncrasy has no bearing on the consistency and veracity of
semi-skilled work under sheltered conditions, but needs supervision and guidance when under social or economic her testimony. She repeatedly pointed to accused-appellants LAGARTO and CORDERO as she spoke, and slapped,
stress. boxed, and glowered at them when she was asked by the court to identify the malefactors. Neither can we discount
the psychiatric report which gave Barlam a clean bill of mental health. For three days, she was examined by
At present, she may be deemed competent based on the following finding: no evidence of insanity of psychosis, a professional psychiatrists, but her story remained the same. It was the same story she narrated in court, albeit with
consistency in relating her story, she appreciates the meaning of the oath she takes as a witness before the court, and is some minor inconsistencies.It must also be noted that Barlam absolutely has no motive to falsely testify against
capable of cooperating with counsel. LAGARTO and CORDERO. The absence of evidence of any improper motive actuating her as the principal witness of the
prosecution strongly tends to sustain the conclusion that no such improper motive existed at the time she testified and
her testimony is worthy of full faith and credit.99
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3.Yes. In any case, there is no rule that specifies who may identify a victim. It is enough that such persons knows the1. Whether or not mental condition of a witness vitiate her credibility.
one being identified. Certainly, a brother of the victim can recognize his own sister even with her manifest physical2. Whether or not absence of spermatozoa in the complainant’s vagina negate the commission of rape.
injuries. The prosecution cannot be faulted for not presenting other witnesses to verify Romezen's identification, the3. Whether or not defense of “manual rape” is inadmissible.
choice of witnesses being a matter of legal strategy and prerogative. Neither was CORDERO denied any opportunity to
cross-examine him regarding such fact because the Autopsy Report is an official document the authenticity of which HELD:
is presumed. Its validly, therefore, cannot be collaterally attacked by putting Romezen on the witness stand. 1. No.A mental retardate is not for this reason alone disqualified from being a witness. As in the case of other witnesses,
People vs. Salomon acceptance of his testimony depends on its nature and credibility or, otherwise put, the quality of his perceptions and
the manner he can make them known to the court.
FACTS: In the case before us, the trial court noted that although Sylvia's speech was slurred and it was necessary at times to
ask her leading questions, "her testimony was positive, clear, plain, coherent and credible." Her mental condition did
1. Sylvia Soria, a20-year old mental retardate, was walking along the Maharlika Highway at Casabahan, Gandara, Samar, not vitiate her credibility. We also believe, as we have observed often enough in many cases 18 that a woman will not
Alejandro Salomon and Feliciano Conge, who were apparently waiting for her, accosted her and forcibly took her to the expose herself to the humiliation of a rape trail, with its attendant publicity and the morbid curiosity it will arouse,
ricefield some ten meters away. There she was raped by Salomon with Conge's assistance. On her way home, she met unless she has been truly wronged and seeks atonement for her abuse.
her brother Senecio, to whom she related her ordeal. The two of them reported her rape to their father. That same2. No. The lack of a finding of spermatozoa during Sylvia's medical examination did not conclusively establish an absence
night, the family walked the three-kilometer distance to the police station, where Restituto Soria signed a complaint thereof because the examining doctor simply did not have the necessary equipment to make a more thorough
for the rape of his daughter by Salomon and Conge.1 report. 19 In fact, she suggested another examination at the Calbayog General Hospital.20 At any rate, we have held that
2. Sylvia was medically examined at the Gandara General Hospital by Dr. Susan Tanseco, who issued a result that a single, the absence of spermatozoa in the complainant's vagina does not negate the commission of rape; there may be a valid
linear, laceration on the labia minora at 6:00 o'clock position. There are isolated erythematous areas on both thighs. explanation for such absence, as when the semen may have been washed away or when the rapist failed to ejaculate.21
There is also the presence of sandy particles on the genital area. Speculum exam, however, showed negative findings.
3. Three days later, Salomon and Feliciano could no longer be found. It was only after a four-month search that they were
arrested in Aguado, Plaser, Masbate, from where, after being detained there for one month, they were taken back to
Samar. 3. No. Admitting the laceration in Sylvia's vagina, Salomon nevertheless maintains that it was caused not by his penis but
4. The principal witness for the prosecution was Sylvia Soria herself, who recounted in detail the manner of her by Conge's fingers. Conge's purpose was to punish her and to disable her and thus prevent her from hitting him
ravishment by Salomon with the help of his co-accused Conge. again.The trouble with this defense is that it is too comical for words. It looks like a bawdy-house skit featuring a mad
5. The prosecution presented several other witnesses, 7 including Dr. Tanseco, who affirmed her medical certificate of the avenger and his naughty fingers. Besides, the two accused and De Guzman have a confused recollection of how this
complainant's examination. On cross-examination, she declared that the laceration in Sylvia's vagina could have been remarkable incident happened, the first perhaps in the annals of Philippine jurisprudence.
caused by penetration of a blunt instrument such as an average-sized penis.8
The theory of the defense is absurd. The trial court was correct in rejecting it. The assessment of the evidence,
6. The two accused flatly denied the charge against them. Conge swore that on the night in question, Sylvia arrived at especially the credibility of the witnesses, is the primary function of the judge presiding at the trial. We defer to the
the highway and loudly demanded a lamp from the people in Epifanio de Guzman's house. He approached her and
findings of the trial court in the case at bar, there being no showing that they were reached without basis.
said there was no lamp to spare, whereupon, as he turned his back to leave, she hit him in the neck with a piece of
wood, causing him to stagger. In swift reaction, he caught Sylvia by the waist and pushed her to the ground and as G.R. No. L-1709 June 8, 1948
she lay there exposed (she was not wearing any underwear), he angrily shoved his five fingers into her vagina. Sylvia ASCENCION ICUTANIM vs.FERNANDO HERNANDEZ, Judge of First Instance of Capiz, and DEMETRIO VINSON,
cried out at the top of her voice. Fearing that her relatives might come, he withdrew his hands and immediately left Provincial Fiscal
the place.9
7. Salomon corroborated his co-accused. He testified that he saw the whole incident, being then about three-arms length
FACTS: Petitioner is charged with parricide for having killed his child of tender age. At the trial, the prosecution called
away from the highway. 10 De Guzman agreed, saying that he was also in the yard of his house at the time, and playing
to the witness stand his wife who is the mother of the deceased child. Petitioner objected to his wife testifying against
his guitar, when the encounter occurred.
him. The trial court overruled the objection, on the ground that the crime committed is against her; and for that reason
8. Judge Ricardo A. Navidad disbelieved the accused and found them guilty as charged.
the rule invoked does not apply (section 26 [d], Rule 123).
9. In the appellants' brief (incorrectly denominated as a Petition for Review), the defense suggests that the testimony of
Sylvia Soria is flawed because she is an insane person who was confined at the National Mental Hospital a few months
Complaining that the overruling of the objection is not only against the law but also constitutes excess of jurisdiction
before the alleged incident.
and a grave abuse of discretion, petitioner seeks in this Court the annulment of said order and a writ directing the
10. The novel defense in this prosecution for rape is that the physical evidence of the complainant's violation was caused
respondent court to refrain from giving it effect until it hear from this Court as to what it should do in the premises.
not by the male organ but by the five fingers of one of the appellants that were thrust into her vagina in anger and not
lust. The defense faults the trial judge for giving credence to the complainant. It avers that her testimony should not
ISSUE: WON the wife can testify against his husband in this case
have been accepted at all because she is admittedly a mental retardate and therefore unreliable per se.

ISSUES:

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RULING: The Court denied the petition. It did not go into the merits of the question raised by the petitioner. Even if the Alleging that the execution of the order of demolition "would work unwarranted hardship and irreparable damage and
ruling of the respondent court is erroneous, the remedy to correct the mistake is by appeal. To allow parties litigant to injustice upon petitioner who have not been accorded his day in court and has not been paid the indemnification due
come to the SC for the correction of errors committed in the course of the trial, which may be done on appeal, would him, and not having any adequate, plain and speedy remedy," the instant petition was filed praying that a writ
unduly burden the Court with cases to be brought to it on appeal. of certiorari, prohibition and injunction be issued, ordering respondent court to desist from further proceedings in the
execution of its decision, enjoining the Provincial Sheriff from enforcing the writ of execution and order of demolition,
G.R. No. L-25384 October 26, 1973 and, after hearing the petition, to declare null and void the proceedings in said case.
JOSE CARANDANG vs.HON. JOSE R. CABATUANDO, Judge of the Court of Agrarian Relations, Seventh Regional
District, Branch II, the PROVINCIAL SHERIFF OF BATANGAS, and CONSUELO D. PANDY The SC ordered respondent to file their answer to the petition, and upon the posting of a bond, the SC restrained the
Sheriff from enforcing the writ of execution and order demolition.
FACTS: Petitioner Jose Carandang was the caretaker of private respondent Consuelo D. Pandy's 1.5 hectare of coconut
land situated at Puting-Buhangin, San Juan, Batangas. He had a house inside the landholding and also owned a parcel ISSUE: WON the respondent Court of Agrarian Relations exceeded its jurisdiction or gravely abused its discretion, and
of land adjoining it. On February 21, 1963 respondent Pandy filed a verified petition for ejectment and damages in the whether there was no appeal or any plain, speedy and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law.
Court of Agrarian Relations of San Pablo alleging that petitioner, in gross violation of the terms and conditions agreed
upon between him and the landowner, had stubbornly refused and failed to clear the land of bushes and grasses, to RULING: The Court held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it declared petitioner in default since the
take proper care of the coconut land and improvements thereon, and to perform the necessary work in accordance record shows that petitioner had not been deprived of his right to be heard. The summons and copy of the complaint
with the customs and proven practices in the locality; that petitioner had been feeding his hogs and chickens with were served upon him. No answer or responsive pleading had been filed within the reglementary period, so, the trial
coconuts from the landholding; that he gathered nuts and sold copra without notifying the respondent; and praying judge, upon motion filed by respondent Pandy, declaredpetitioner in default. The action of the judge was perfectly
that petitioner be dismissed as caretaker of the landholding and be ordered to pay damages. legal. Under Rule 20 of the rules of the Court of Agrarian Relations, the provisions of the rules of court relating to
courts of first instance which are not inconsistent with the rules of the Court of Agrarian Relations are applicable to
Petitioner, having been served, on March 8, 1963, with the summons and a copy of the complaint, and having failed to cases pending before the agrarian court. Even section 155 of the Agricultural Land Reform Code (Republic Act No.
file his answer, the agrarian court, acting on the motion filed by respondent, declared petitioner in default and set the 3844) provides that the Court of Agrarian Relations shall have all the powers and prerogatives inherent in, or belonging
reception of respondent's evidence on July 2, 1963 before the commissioner of the court.On March 13, 1964, to, the Court of First Instance, and it shall be governed by the Rules of Court, provided that in the hearing,
petitioner filed, through the Office of the Agrarian Counsel, a verified motion to set aside the order of default, alleging investigation, and determination of any question or controversy pending before them, the courts, without impairing
that the failure of petitioner to file an answer was due to mistake or excusable neglect, and that petitioner had a valid substantial rights, shall not be bound strictly by the technical rules of evidence and procedure, except in expropriation
and meritorious defense, and praying that petitioner be allowed to file his answer. The courtdenied the motion for cases.
failure of movant "to allege either in his motion to set aside order of default or in his supporting affidavit the facts
constituting his alleged valid and meritorious defense." The trial court did not abuse its discretion when after having declared petitioner in default, it proceeded to receive
respondent's evidence and render judgment granting him such relief as the complaint and the facts proven warranted.
After respondent had presented ex parte her evidence, the court rendered its decision ordering Jose Carandang to The trial court simply acted in accordance with the provisions of the rules of court. Nor did it abuse its discretion when
vacate the landholding of 1.5 hectares owned by Pandy and to pay damages.Petitioner filed a motion for it denied the motion to lift the order of default, for neither said motion nor the affidavit supporting it stated facts
reconsideration of the decision upon the grounds that the court erred in not lifting the order of default, and in not constituting a valid and meritorious defense. Section 3, Rule 18, of the new Rules of Court, already in force as of that
determining the value of the labor and expenses in the cultivation. The agrarian court issued, upon motion, an order of date, provided that the motion to set aside the order of default must show that the failure to answer was due to fraud,
execution, but the court later set it aside for the reason that it was first necessary to determine the indemnification accident, mistake, or excusable neglect and that the movant has a meritorious defense. It has been held that when a
that the defendant was entitled to, and the court set for hearing the motion for execution for another date. motion to lift the order of default does not show that the defendant has a meritorious defense and that his failure to
answer the complaint on time is legally excusable, or that anything would be gained by having the order of default set
Petitioner submitted to the court a "bill of accounting" for the value of his labor and plantings such as coconut, banana, aside, the denial by the court of the motion to lift the order of default does not constitute abuse of discretion.The trial
black pepper, jackfruit, mango, santol and star apple trees, in the total amount of P9,000.00.Subsequently, the court judge likewise legitimately exercised his jurisdiction, when he rendered the decision based on respondent's evidence,
ordered an ocular inspection of the landholding involved to determine the number of coconut trees that were one and when he denied the motion for reconsideration in open court.
year, two years, and five years old. The report of said inspectionwas submitted to the court.The court, acting on the
report of the ocular inspection, written and oral manifestations of respondent, and petitioner's affidavit regarding the From all the foregoing, it is apparent that herein petition was given notice and opportunity to be heard before
compensation claimed by him for the planting of the coconuts, considered parts of the decision satisfied, and directed judgment was rendered. He was not denied of his right to due process of law.
the Clerk of Court to issue a writ of execution ordering petitioner to vacate the landholding.The writ of execution was
served upon herein petitioner by the Provincial Sheriff. Did the trial court commit a grave abuse of discretion when it rendered its decision based on respondent's evidence on
the ground that said evidence was self-serving? The law itself provides that a party or any other person interested in
Upon motion of respondent, the court issued an order of demolition, ordering petitioner to remove at his own expense the outcome of a case may testify (Section 18, Rule 130, Rules of Court). The testimony of an interested witness should
his house from the landholding in question not later than November 15, 1965, and that should he fail to do so, the not be rejected on the ground of bias alone, and must be judged on its own merits, and if such testimony is clear and
Provincial Sheriff of Batangas was authorized to demolish said house. convincing and not destroyed by other evidence on record, it may be believed. Neither can said testimony be said to be
self-serving. This Court has said that self-serving evidence is evidence made by a party out of court at one time; it does
not include a party's testimony as a witness in court.
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From the above discussions it is evident that the trial court committed no abuse of discretion and it did not exceed its While the general rule is that a driver is not held accountable just because he failed to take the wisest choice in a
jurisdiction. The remedy of petitioner, if he was not satisfied with the trial court's decision, was appeal. This petition sudden emergency, the rule does not apply where the emergency is of the driver's own creation or devising.
for certiorari must necessarily be denied.
RULE130 SECTION 22 - DISQUALIFICATION BY REASON OF MARRIAGE
G.R. No. L-22995 June 29, 1967
WILLIAM ADDENBROOK Y BARKER vsPEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES G.R. No. L-39012 January 31, 1975
AVELINO ORDOÑOvs.HON. ANGEL DAQUIGAN, presiding Judge of the Court of First Instance of La Union, Branch I
FACTS: About 3:15 in the afternoon of 9 January 1960, the front bumper of the Stanvac Service Truck with Plate No. and CONRADO V. POSADAS, First Assistant Provincial Fiscal of La Union and the PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES
2740, Manila, 960, while travelling southward along Marquez de Comillas being driven then by accused William
Addenbrook, and in front of House No. 1010, came into contact with the body of a pedestrian WenceslaoRisaldo with FACTS: AvelinoOrdoño was charged in the municipal court of San Gabriel, La Union with having raped his daughter,
the result that the latter fell and was taken to the Philippine General Hospital by accused and his helper in the truck Leonora, on October 11, 1970. The verified complaint was signed by the twenty four year old victim. In support of that
named AmandoValeriano, but was dead on arrival, it having been found that he had received abrasions on the left complaint, Catalina BalanonOrdoño, the mother of Leonora, executed a sworn statement wherein she disclosed that
forehead, and contusions with lacerations on the face, left arm, right thigh, knee joints, and right buttocks and waist on that same date, Leonora had apprised her of the outrage but no denunciation was filed because Avelino threatened
and fracture of the skull, so that the Fiscal filed the present criminal case for homicide thru reckless imprudence to kill Leonora and Catalinaif they reported the crime to the police.Catalina Ordoño in her sworn statement further
against accused resulting in his conviction. revealed that her husband had also raped their other daughter, Rosa, on March 25 and April 7, 1973. He was charged
in court with that offense.
Upon impact of the van against the victim, the latter fell and rolled to a distance of fifteen (15) paces, as shown by two
(2) sets of bloodstains observed by patrolman Emilio Guzman in his ocular investigation immediately after the Catalina said that the rape committed by Avelino against Leonora was mentioned during the investigation and trial of
occurrence of the incident. From these facts, the appellate court found it difficult to believe that the van was travelling Avelino for the rape committed against Rosa Ordoño.
at a slow and reasonable speed. Considering further that as postulated by the accused himself, his view of the street
was partly blocked by a parked car in front of house No. 1010, Marquez de Comillas, from behind which the deceased
During the preliminary investigation of the rape committed against Leonora, Catalina manifested that she was no
tried to cross the street; and with the added fact that the appellant did not blow his horn despite the visual obstruction
longer afraid to denounce Avelino because he was already in jail for having raped Rosa.
by the parked car, the Court of Appeals concluded that he failed to observe that reasonable care required of a driver of
a motor vehicle.
The case against Avelino, where Leonora was the complainant, was elevatedto the Court of First Instance. The Fiscal
presented Catalina as the second prosecution witness. After she had stated her personal circumstances, the defense
Appellant insists that such conclusion is error, and assails the credibility and competency of witness Guzman.Hence,
counsel objected to her competency. He invoked the marital disqualification rule found in Sec. 20 (b), Rule 130 of the
this petition.
Rules of Court.Counsel claimed that AvelinoOrdoño had not consented expressly or impliedly to his wife's testifying
against him.
ISSUE: WON Guzman is a credible and competent witness
The trial court overruled the objection. After the denial of Avelino’smotion for the reconsideration of the adverse
RULING: Credibility of witnesses is a question of fact and, therefore, not reviewable by the Supreme Court. The ruling, he filed the instant action for certiorari and prohibition. He was allowed to sue in forma pauperis.
objection to patrolman Guzman's competency because he was not presented as an expert witness, nor did he see the
incident actually happen, is untenable. What Guzman testified to are what he saw in his ocular investigation, such as
ISSUE: WON the rape committed by the husband against his daughter is a crime committed by him against his wife
the two (2) sets of bloodstains and the 15 paces distance between them, that were facts derived from his own
within the meaning of the exception found in the marital disqualification rule
perception.1äwphï1.ñët

RULING: The Court adopted the decision laid down in Cargill vs. State, wherein the court said that when an offense
The Court of Appeals gave no credence to the claim that the deceased suddenly darted from behind the parked car.
directly attack or directly and vitally impairs, the conjugal relation, it comes within the exception to the statute that one
Neither did the trial court do so, considering the lack of corroboration of petitioner's version, and the circumstance
shall not be a witness against the other except in a criminal prosecution for a crime committed (by) one against the
that the victim, being a grown-up man, and not a child, would not have ignored the noise of the oncoming vehicle,
other.Using this criterion, it can be concluded that in the law of evidence, the rape perpetrated by the father against
there being no reason shown for his disregarding the obvious danger.
his daughter is a crime committed by him against his wife (the victim's mother).

At any rate, that the accident could not be avoided because the victim was so close to the truck when he, as alleged by
That conclusion is in harmony with the practices and traditions of the Filipino family where, normally, the daughter is
appellant, suddenly darted across the street, does not exculpate the accused, since the latter was driving at excessive
close to the mother who, having breast-fed and reared her offspring, is always ready to render her counsel and
speed.The fact that a pedestrian came into the path of the car suddenly and so close that the driver could not stop and
assistance in time of need. Indeed, when the daughter is in distress or suffers moral or physical pain, she usually utters
avoid striking him will not excuse the driver, where the car was being driven at an unreasonable rate of speed under
the word Inay (Mother) before she invokes the name of the Lord.
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Thus, in this case, when AvelinoOrdoño, after having raped his daughter Leonora in the early morning of October 11, situation, the security and confidences of private life which the law aims at protecting will be nothing but ideals which,
1970, tried to repeat the beastly act in the evening of that date, Leonora shouted "Mother" and, on hearing that word, through their absence, merely leave a void in the unhappy home.
Avelino desisted.That the rape of the daughter by the father, an undeniably abominable and revolting crime with
incestuous implications, positively undermines the connubial relationship, is a proposition too obvious to require much At any rate, in the instant case the wife did not testify in the direct evidence for the prosecution but under
elucidation. circumstances presently to be stated. It will be noted that the wife only testified against her husband after the latter,
testifying in his own defense, imputed upon her the killing of their son. By all rules of justice and reason this gave the
In Wilkinson vs. People, it was held that the wife was a competent witness against the husband in a prosecution for prosecution, which had theretofore refrained from presenting the wife as a witness against her husband, the right to
rape committed by the husband against his stepdaughter, who is the wife's natural daughter because the crime was do so, as it did in rebuttal; and then the wife herself the right to so testify, at least, in self-defense, not of course,
"an outrage upon nature in its dearest and tenderest relations as well as a crime against humanity itself". The court against being subjected to punishment in that case in which she was not a defendant but against any or all of various
adopted the interpretation that "a criminal action or proceeding for a crime committed by one against the other" may possible consequences which might flow from her silence, namely: (1) a criminal prosecution against her which might
refer to a crime where the wife is the individual particularly and directly injured or affected by the crime for which the be instituted by the corresponding authorities upon the basis of her husband's aforesaid testimony; (2) in the moral
husband is being prosecuted. and social sense, her being believed by those who heard the testimony orally given, as well as by those who may read
the same, once put in writing, to be the killer of her infant child. It has been aptly said that the law of evidence is the
The trial court did not err in holding that Catalina could testify against her husband, Avelino, in the case where he is law of common sense. Presuming the husband who so testified against his wife to be endowed with common sense, he
being tried for having raped their daughter, Leonora. must be taken to have expected that the most natural reaction which the said testimony would give rise to on the part
of the prosecution, as well as of his wife, was to deny upon rebuttal the new matter which was involved in the same
testimony, namely, the imputation that it was his wife who killed their little son. Upon the part of the prosecution,
G.R. No. L-568 July 16, 1947
because he not only limited himself to denying that he was the killer, but went further and added what was really
THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINESvs.JUAN FRANCISCO
a new matter consisting in the imputation of the crime upon his wife. And upon the part of the wife, because of the
reasons already set forth above. Hence, in giving such testimony, the husband must, in all fairness, be held to have
FACTS: On March 4, 1945, defendant, who had been previously arrested on charges of robbery, was being held as intended all its aforesaid natural and necessary consequences. By his said act, the husband — himself exercising the
detention prisoner in the municipal jail of Mansalay, Mindoro. On that date he requested permission from the chief of very right which he would deny to his wife upon the ground of their marital relations — must be taken to have waived
police, and he was allowed to go with Sergeant Pacifico Pimentel, who was detailed to guard him. Upon their reaching all objection to the latter's testimony upon rebuttal, even considering that such objection would have been available at
the house, the sergeant allowed the prisoner to see his wife who was at the time in a room of said house, while said the outset.
sergeant remained at the foot of the stairs. After a few moments, Pimentel heard the scream of a woman. Running
upstairs, he met defendant's wife running out of the room and holding her right breast which was bleeding. Still
At this point, it behooves us to emphasize the all-important role of the State in this case. The State being interested in
moments later, Pimentel saw defendant lying down with his little son Romeo, aged one year and a half, on his breast.
laying the truth before the courts so that the guilty may be punished and the innocent exonerated, must have the right
Pimentel also found defendant to have a wound in his belly while his child had a wound in the back. Pimentel found
to offer the rebutting testimony in question, even against the objection of the accused, because it was the latter
the child dead.
himself who gave rise to its necessity. It may be said that the accused husband thought that he would have more
chances of convincing the court of his pretended innocence if he pointed to his wife as having caused the death of their
The prosecution, in recommending the imposition of the capital penalty upon the accused, relies mainly on: (1) the child, instead of simply denying that he was the author of the fatal act. To this we would counter by saying that if he
affidavit, Exhibit C which is a virtual confession of the accused; (2) Exhibit D, which is the record made by the justice of was to be allowed, for his convenience, to make his choice and thereby impute the act upon his spouse, justice would
the peace of Mansalay of the arraignment of the defendant upon which the latter entered a plea of guilty; and (3) the be partial and one-sided if both the State and the wife were to be absolutely precluded from introducing the latter's
rebuttal testimony of Emilia Taladtad, wife of the appellant. rebutting testimony.

ISSUE: WON the testimony of the wife of the accused is admissible as evidence against the latter As well-settled as this rule of marital incompetency itself is the other that it may be waived.

RULING: The Court held that the rule contained in section 265 (d) of Rule 123 is an old one. Courts and text-writers on Waiver of incompetency. — Objections to the competency of a husband or wife to testify in a criminal prosecution
the subject have assigned as reasons therefor the following: First, identity of interest; second, the consequent danger against the other may be waived as in the case of the other witnesses generally. Thus, the accused waives his or her
of perjury; third, the policy of the law which deems it necessary to guard the security and confidences of private life privilege by calling the other spouse as a witness for him or her, thereby making the spouse subject to cross-
even at the risk of an occasional failure of justice, and which rejects such evidence because its admission would lead to examination in the usual manner. It is well-established that where an accused introduces his wife as a witness in his
domestic disunion and unhappiness; and fourth, because where a want of domestic tranquility exists, there is danger behalf, the state is entitled to question her as to all matters germane and pertinent to her testimony on direct
of punishing one spouse through the hostile testimony of the other. examination. It is also true that objection to the spouse's competency must be made when he or she is first offered as
witness, and that the incompetency may be waived by the failure of the accused to make timely objection to the
However, as all other general rules, this one has its own exceptions, both in civil actions between the spouses and in admission of the spouse's testimony, although knowing of such incompetency, and the testimony admitted, especially
criminal cases for offenses committed by one against the other. Like the rule itself, the exceptions are backed by sound if the accused has assented to the admission, either expressly or impliedly. Other courts have held that the witness's
reasons which, in the excepted cases, outweigh those in support of the general rule. For instance, where the marital testimony is not admissible even with the other spouse's consent. Clearly, if the statute provides that a spouse shall in
and domestic relations are so strained that there is no more harmony to be preserved nor peace and tranquility of no case testify against the other except in a prosecution for an offense against the other, the failure of the accused to
interests disappears and the consequent danger of perjury based on that identity is non-existent. Likewise, in such a object does not enable the state to use the spouse as a witness.

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Waiver of objection to incompetency. — A party may waive his objection to the competency of a witness and permit merely contradicting her husband's version that she was the one who killed their child, there is evidence beyond
him to testify. A party calling an incompetent witness as his own waives the incompetency. Also, if, after such reasonable doubt that appellant was the killer. With the testimony of both spouses upon the point, instead of that of
incompetency appears, there is failure to make timely objection, by a party having knowledge of the incompetency, the accused alone, let justice take its course.
the objection will be deemed waived, whether it is on the ground of want of mental capacity or for some other reason.
If the objection could have been taken during the trial, a new trial will be refused and the objection will not be Arroyo vs. CA
available on writ of error. If, however, the objection of a party is overruled and the ruling has been excepted to, the G.R. No. 96602 November 19, 1991
party may thereafter examine the witness upon the matters as to which he was allowed to testify to without waiving
his objections to the witness's competency. Facts:

It will be noted, as was to be expected, that in the last above-quoted section, the author mentions certain specific Dr. Jorge B. Neri filed a criminal complaint for adultery before the Regional Trial Court against his wife, Ruby Vera Neri,
cases where the courts concerned hold that there was waiver, but for obvious reasons neither the author nor said and Eduardo Arroyo. He alleged that his wife had a sexual relation with Arroyo on November 2, 1982 at the Neris’
courts have attempted to make an enumeration of all possible cases of waiver. In the very nature of things, it would be condominium in Baguio. The lower court ruled in favour of Dr. Neri.
impossible to make a priori such a complete enumeration and to say that it is exclusive. So long as the Legislature itself
does not make its own statutory and exclusive specification of cases of such waiver — and we doubt that it ever will — While the case was pending, Dr. Neri filed a manifestation praying that the case against petitioners be dismissed as he
no complete and exclusive enumeration can, nor should, be attempted by the courts, for in the absence of such had "tacitly consented" to his wife's infidelity. Petitioners then filed their respective motions praying for the dismissal
legislation the cases of waiver will be as indefinite in number as indefinite are and always will be the varying and or for the granting of new trial of the case claiming a basis for their motions Dr. Neri's manifestation.
unpredictable circumstances surrounding each particular case.
Issues:
To illustrate, Mr. Wharton says above that the accused waives his or her privilege by calling the other spouse as a
witness for him or her, thereby making the spouse subject to cross-examination in the usual manner, the reason being1. Whether or not Mrs. Neri's constitutional right against self-incrimination had been violated.
that the State is entitled to question the spouse so presented as to all matters germane and pertinent to the direct
testimony. In the same way, and for a similar reason, when the herein appellant gave his testimony in question in his2. Whether or not Dr. Neri's recantation be a basis for the granting of a new trial.
defense, the State had the right to rebut the new matter contained in that testimony consisting in the imputation upon
his wife of the death of the little boy. And that rebuttal evidence, which was rendered necessary byappellant's own Ruling:
testimony, could be furnished only by his wife who, as he fully knew, was alone with him and their son at the precise
place and time of the event. This right to rebut is secured to the State, no less than to the accused, by Rule 115, section It was claimed that Mrs. Neri's constitutional right against self-incrimination had been disregarded when her admission
3, paragraph (c), the provision further authorizing the court, in furtherance of justice, to permit one or the other party to her husband in the privacy of their conjugal home that she had indeed lain with petitioner Arroyo was taken into
to offer "new additional evidence bearing upon the main issue in question." So that if the waiver that we here declare account by the trial court.
to flow from the above-mentioned testimony of appellant does not happen to be among those which were mentioned
in the cases cited by Mr. Wharton, that is no reason against the existence of said waiver.
Dr. Neri testified that when he showed the photographs whuch showed his wife in intimate bedroom poses with
another man, and it was at this point that Ruby Vera Neri admitted to her husband that Eduardo Arroyo was her lover
When the husband testified that it was his wife who caused the death of their son, he could not, let us repeat, justly and that they went to bed in Baguio on 2 and 3 November 1982.
expect the State to keep silent and refrain from rebutting such new matter in his testimony, through the only witness
available, namely, the wife; nor could he legitimately seal his wife's lips and thus gravely expose her to the danger of The right to counsel attaches upon the start of an investigation, when the investigating officer starts to ask questions
criminal proceedings against her being started by the authorities upon the strength and basis of said testimony of her to elicit information and confession or admissions from respondent-accused. In the present case, Dr. Neri was not a
husband, or to bear the moral and social stigma of being thought, believed, or even just suspected, to be the killer of peace officer nor an investigating officer conducting a custodial interrogation, hence, petitioner cannot now claim that
her own offspring. A decent respect and considerate regard for the feelings of an average mother will tell us that such Mrs. Neri's admission should have been rejected.
a moral and social stigma would be no less injurious to her than a criminal punishment. And if the wife should, in such
a case and at such a juncture, be allowed to testify upon rebuttal, the scope of her testimony should at least be the Compliance with the constitutional procedures on custodial investigation is not applicable to a spontaneous statement,
same as that of her husband. This is only simple justice and fairness dictated by common sense. Since the husband had not elicited through questioning, but given in an ordinary manner, whereby the accused orally admitted the offense.
testified that it was his wife who caused the death of the little boy, she should be allowed to say that it was really her
husband who did it. We hold that it is not necessary, to justify such rebuttal evidence, and to declare the existence of
Further, the husband is not precluded under the Rules of Court from testifying against his wife in criminal cases for a
the waiver upon which it was based, that the wife be in jeopardy of punishment in the same case by reason of such
crime committed by one against the other.
testimony of her accused husband. The rule of waiver of objection to the competency of witnesses generally does not
require this prerequisite in the case between husband and wife. Rather the rule makes the determination of the
It is settled that not all recantations by witnesses should result in the granting of a new trial. The question whether a
question hinge around the consequences which by common sense, in justice and in fairness, should be deemed to have
new trial shall be granted on this ground depends on all the circumstances of the case, including the testimony of the
been expected by the spouse who first testified naturally to flow from his act of giving that testimony. At any rate, the
witnesses submitted on the motion for the new trial. Moreover, recanting testimony is exceedingly unreliable, and it is
trial court not only had the power to allow the State to utilize the wife as rebuttal witness, but also the discretion to
the duty of the court to deny a new trial where it is not satisfied that such testimony is true.
permit "new additional evidence bearing upon the main issue in question." But even restricting the wife's testimony to

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While there is a conceptual difference between consent and pardon in the sense that consent is granted prior to the Issue:
adulterous act while pardon is given after the illicit affair, nevertheless, for either consent or pardon to benefit the
accused, it must be given prior to the filing of a criminal complaint. In the present case, the affidavit of desistance was Whether or not the defendants are guilty for violating the Code of Professional Responsilbility.
executed only on 23 November 1988 while the compromise agreement was executed only after the trial court had
already rendered its decision Whether or not Ellis Jacoba can invoke the marital rule on evidence.

Once the complaint has been filed, the control of the case passes to the public prosecutor. Enforcement of our law on Ruling:
adultery is not exclusively, nor even principally, a matter of vindication of the private honor of the offended spouse.
Such enforcement relatesto protection of the basic social institutions of marriage and the family in the preservation of Section 3, Rule 7 of the Rules of Court provides that every pleading must be signed by the party or counsel
which the State has the strongest interest; the public policy here involved is of the most fundamental kind. representing him. Counsel who signs a pleading in violation of this Rule, or alleges scandalous or indecent matter
therein shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Lacurom vs Jacoba
A.C. No. 5921 March 10, 2006 By signing the 30 July 2001 motion, Velasco-Jacoba in effect certified that she had read it, she knew it to be
meritorious, and it was not for the purpose of delaying the case. Her signature supplied the motion with legal effect
Facts: and elevated its status from a mere scrap of paper to that of a court document.

An administrative was filed by Judge Ubaldino A. Lacurom against respondent-spouses Atty. Ellis F. Jacoba and Atty. By Velasco-Jacoba’s own admission that she signed the pleading prepared by her husband, therefore, she violated
Olivia Velasco-Jacoba. Complainant charged respondents with violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility. Section 3 of Rule 7. This violation is an act of falsehood before the courts, which in itself is a ground for subjecting her
to disciplinary action, independent of any other ground arising from the contents of the 30 July 2001 motion.39
The Jacoba-Velasco-Jacoba Law Firm is counsel for plaintiff Alejandro R. Veneracion in a civil case for unlawful detainer
against defendant Federico Barrientos. The Municipal Trial Court rendered judgment in favor of Veneracion but With regard to Ellis Jacoba, he asserted the inadmissibility of Velasco-Jacoba’s statement pointing to him as the author
Barrientos appealed to the Regional Trial Court. The case was raffled to Judge Lacurom. Judge Lacurom issued a of the motion.
Resolution reversing the earlier judgments rendered in favor of Veneracion.
Jacoba impliedly admitted authorship of the motion by stating that he "trained his guns and fired at the errors which
Veneracion’s counsel filed a Motion for Reconsideration. The motion contained words which are rude, inappropriate, he perceived and believed to be gigantic and monumental.
disrespectful and humiliating. Atty. Olivia Velasco-Jacoba signed the motion on behalf of the Jacoba-Velasco-Jacoba
Law Firm.
The court held that the marital privilege rule, being a rule of evidence, may be waived by failure of the claimant to
object timely to its presentation or by any conduct that may be construed as implied consent. This waiver applies to
Judge Lacurom ordered Velasco-Jacoba to appear before his sala and explain why she should not be held in contempt Jacoba who impliedly admitted authorship of the 30 July 2001 motion.
of court for the contents of their motion Velasco-Jacoba claimed that Judge Lacurom knows beforehand who actually
prepared the subject Motion; records will show that she did not actually or actively participate in the case. Velasco-
No doubt, the language contained in the 30 July 2001 motion greatly exceeded the vigor required of Jacoba to defend
Jacoba disavowed any conscious or deliberate intent to degrade the honor and integrity of the Honorable Court or to
ably his client’s cause. He used of the following words and phrases: abhorrent nullity, legal monstrosity, horrendous
detract in any form from the respect that is rightfully due all courts of justice.
mistake, horrible error, boner, and an insult to the judiciary and an anachronism in the judicial process.
Judge Lacurom found Velasco-Jacoba guilty of contempt.
Though a lawyer’s language may be forceful and emphatic, it should always be dignified and respectful, befitting the
dignity of the legal profession. The use of unnecessary language is proscribed if we are to promote high esteem in the
Velasco-Jacoba moved for reconsideration. She recounted that on her way out of the house for an afternoon hearing, courts and trust in judicial administration.
Atty. Ellis Jacoba stopped and asked her to sign the motion because it was due that day. She signed the pleading
handed to her without reading it, in trusting blind faith on her husband.
People vs. Carlos
Judge Lacurom issued another order directing Ellis Jacoba to explain why he should not be held in contempt. He denied Gr No. 22948 March 17, 1925
that he typed or prepared the 30 July 2001 motion. Against Velasco-Jacoba’s statements implicating him, Jacoba
invoked the marital privilege rule in evidence. Judge Lacurom later rendered a decision finding Jacoba guilty of Facts:
contempt of court
Respondent was convicted of murder by CFI of Manila. The victim of the alleged murder was Dr. Pablo G. Sityar who
Judge Lacurom filed the present complaint against respondents before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. IBP performed a surgical operation upon the wife of the respondent. It was revealed upon to the respondent by his wife
Commissioner recommended the suspension of respondents from the practice of law for six months. The IBP Board of that the doctor outraged her. Notwithstanding this, they still consulted the doctor on their illnesses.
Governors reduced the length of suspension to three months. IBP Board transmitted its recommendation to this Court.

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While the respondent was confined in Philippine General Hospital, he received a letter from the victim asking for Issues:
immediate settlement of the account for the professional service rendered to the respondent’s wife. The respondent
went to the office of the victim and found him there alone. Thereafter, the respondent attacked and stabbed the Whether or not defendant’s conviction was proved beyond reasonable doubt.
victim. Whether or not the lower court erred in admitting the testimony of her husband without her consent.

The respondent admitted that he killed the victim but he maintained that he did so in self-defense. Being incensed on Ruling:
the insults made by the deceased and remembering the outrage inflicted by the deceased against his wife, he
challenged the deceased and eventually causing the death of the victim. The fact that the defendant took possession of the opium under the pillow as ordered by her husband cannot be used
as basis for her conviction, and is not such a possession of opium as is intended to be condemned by law. The very act
thereof was not denied by the defendant. She certainly did not intend, even remotely, to have in her possession the
Issue: opium. She did exactly what any other faithful wife would have done under similar circumstances. There is no proof
Whether or not the privilege communication between husband and wife may be admissible as evidence. that she used the opium nor she knew the can contained opium. Consequently, there is no proof of animus possidendi.

Ruling: As to the second issue, the defendant based her contention on the rule that prohibits a husband from giving testimony
The lower court found the crime was effected with premeditation and therefore constituted murder. This can only be against his wife without her consent, except in civil action between husband and wife, and in criminal action where the
sustained by taking into consideration a letter written to the respondent by his wife showing that the writer feared crime was committed by one against the other. Therefore, the testimony of the husband is not admissible if the wife
that the respondent contemplated resorting to physical violence in dealing with the deceased. objected.

The respondent objected on the admissibility thereof because it is a privilege communication. However, the numerical Further, the testimony given by her husband was not in the present case. It was given in another case where he was
authority is to the effect that where a privilege communication from one spouse to another comes into the hands of a the defendant and in which he was charged with the illegal possession of the opium in question. During the trial, he
third party, whether legally or not, without collusion and voluntary disclosure on the part of either of the spouse, the testified in his own behalf. It was the testimony given in that case which was presented as proof in the present case.
privilege is thereby extinguished and the communication, if otherwise competent, becomes admissible. Hence, his testimony is not admissible.

Further, the respondent contended that documents obtained in illegal searches are not admissible in evidence in Lezama vs Rodriguez
criminal case. The court held that the illegality of the search and seizure should first have been directly litigated and G.R. No. L-25643 June 27, 1968
established by a motion, made before trial, for the return of the things seized, so that after such motion, and then only,
the illegality would be noticed in the main trial and the evidence thus obtained would be excluded. Here, the illegality Facts:
of the search and seizure was not directly litigated and established by a motion, made before trial, for the return of the
things seized. Jose S. Dineros, acting as receiver of the La Paz Ice Plant & Cold Storage Co. filed an action in the Court of First Instance
for the annulment of a judgment rendered against the La Paz Ice Plant by the Court of First Instance. The defendants
However, the letter should be excluded. The letter was written by the wife of the respondent and if she had testified in were Marciano C. Roque, in whose favor judgment was rendered, and the spouses Jose Manuel and Paquita Lezama.
the trial the letter might have been admissible to impeach her testimony, but she was not put on the witness stand and The complaint alleged that, because of mismanagement by the Lezamas, the La Paz Ice Plant was placed under the
the letter was therefore not offered for that purpose. If the defendant had indicated his assent to the statements receivership of Dineros; that during the pendency of the receivership, Marciano C. Roque brought an action against the
contained in the letter, it might have been admissible. The fact that he had the letter in his possession is no indication La Paz Ice Plant in the Court of First Instance of Manila for the collection of P150,000, that summons was served not on
of acquiescence or assent in his part. Thus, the letter is pure hearsay and its admission in evidence violates the the receiver but on the spouses Jose Manuel and Paquita Lezama; and that, through the collusion of the Lezamas,
constitutional right of the defendant to be confronted with the witnesses for the prosecution and have the opportunity Roque was able to obtain judgment by default against the company.
to cross examine them.
In their answer, the defendant spouses, while admitting that the company was placed under receivership, maintained
United States vs. Teresa Concepcion that Jose Manuel Lezama nevertheless remained president of the La Paz Ice Plant and that as such he had authority to
Gr No. 10396 July 29, 1915 receive in behalf of the company the court summons. They denied entering into collusion with Roque and averred that
they did not contest Roque's claim because they knew it to be a legitimate obligation which the La Paz Ice Plant had
Facts: incurred pursuant to a resolution of its board of directors.

Herein defendant was charged with a violation of Opium Law. At the hearing Dineros asked the court to issue a subpoena to Paquita Lezama to testify as "a witness summoned by
the plaintiffs in accordance with the Rules of Court." The request was granted over the objection of the petitioners
On December 2, 1913, several policemen went to the house of the defendant where she was living with her husband. invoking that a husband cannot be examined for or against his wife without her consent; nor a wife for or against her
While the policemen were searching the house, the husband of the defendant ordered the latter to take the can of husband without his consent, except in a civil case by one against the other, or in a criminal case for a crime committed
opium on the bed and throw it. The policemen were able to take possession of the can. The policemen at that moment by one against the other, or in a criminal case for a crime committed by one against the other.
evidently believed that the opium belonged to the husband and they arrested him. It was until more than 10 months
that a complaint was presented against the present defendant. The trial court found her guilty for the crime charged.

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While the petitioners denied the charge that the loan was fictitious, they did not deny the allegation that it was the witness stand but the defense moved to disqualify her as a witness, invoking Sec. 20 of Rule 130 of the Revised
Paquita Lezama who, as secretary of the company, signed the minutes of the meeting at which Jose Manuel Lezama Rules of Court which provides:
was allegedly authorized to negotiate the loan and that it was she who, likewise as secretary, made the entry in the
books of the corporation. SEC. 20. Disqualification by reason of interest or relationship — The following persons cannot testify as to
matters in which they are interested, directly or indirectly as herein enumerated.
Dineros, the company receiver, wanted Paquita Lezama on the witness stand, not as a spouse witness "for or against xxxxxxxxx
her husband," but rather as an adverse party in the case. (b) A husband can not be examined for or at his wife without her consent; nor a wife for or against her
husband without his consent, except in a civil case by one against the other or in a criminal case for a crime
Issue: committed by one against the other.

Whether or not a wife, who is a co-defendant of her husband in an action, may be examined as a hostile witness by the The prosecution opposed the said motion on the ground that the case falls under the exception to the rule, contending
adverse party without infringing on her marital privilege not to testify against her husband that it is a criminal case for a crime committed by one against the other. However, the respondent judge granted the
motion, disqualifying Victoria from testifying for or against her husband. A motion for reconsideration was filed but
Ruling: was denied. Hence this petition for certiorari.

Issue:
The complaint charges "fraudulent conspiracy" on the part of the spouses and one Marciano C. Roque to make it
Whether or not the criminal case filed against respondent may be considered as a criminal case for a crime
appear that the La Paz Ice Plant & Cold Storage Co., Inc. was indebted to Roque. The wife, Paquita Lezama, is called
committed by a husband against his wife and, therefore, an exception to the rule on marital disqualification.
upon to testify as an adverse party witness on the basis of her participation in the alleged fraudulent scheme.
Ruling:
Evidently, Paquita Lezama will be asked to testify on what actually transpired during the meeting and will be asked
Yes, the case is an exception to the rule on the marital disqualification, as a criminal case for a crime committed
questions on the matter of the veracity or falsity of the entry in the books of the corporation. Whether her testimony
by the accused-husband against witness-wife.
will turn out to be adverse or beneficial to her own interest, the inevitable result would be to pit her against her
The rule that the injury must amount to a physical wrong upon them is too narrow; and the rule that any offense
husband. The interests of husband and wife in this case are necessarily interrelated. Testimony adverse to the wife's
remotely or indirectly affecting domestic within the exception is too broad. The better rule is that, when an offense
own interests would tend to show the existence of collusive fraud between the spouses and would then work havoc
directly attacks, or directly and vitally impairs, the conjugal relation, it comes within the exception to the statute that
upon their common defense that the loan was not fictitious. There is the possibility, too, that the wife, in order to
one shall not be a witness against the other except in a criminal prosecution for a crime committed byone against the
soften her own guilt, if guilty she is, may unwittingly testify in a manner entirely disparaging to the interests of the
other.
husband.
With more reason must the exception apply to the instant case where the victim of the crime and the person
who stands to be directly prejudiced by the falsification is not a third person but the wife herself. And it is undeniable
It is further argued that "when husband and wife are parties to an action, there is no reason why either may not be that the act complained of had the effect of directly and vitally impairing the conjugal relation.
examined as a witness for or against himself or herself alone, and his or her testimony could operate only against Taken collectively, the actuation of the witness-wife underscore the fact that the martial and domestic relations
himself or herself. The court held that it would be inapplicable in this case where the main charge is collusive fraud between her and the accused-husband have become so strained that there is no more harmony to be preserved, nor
between the spouses and a third person, and the evident purpose of examination of the wife is to prove that charge. peace and tranquility which may be disturbed. In such a case, as We have occasion to point out in previous decisions,
"identity of interests disappears and the consequent danger of perjury based on that Identity is nonexistent. Likewise,
It is also argued that to prevent one spouse from testifying would encourage alliance of husband and wife as an in such a situation, the security and confidence of private life which the law aims at protecting will be nothing but
instrument of fraud. This argument overlooks the fact that section 6 of Rule 132 is a mere concession, for the sake of ideals which, through their absence, merely leave a void in the unhappy home. Thus, there is no reason to apply the
discovery, from the rule which precludes the husband or the wife from becoming the means of the other's martial disqualification rule.
condemnation. The said rule of discovery should therefore not be expanded in meaning or scope as to allow
examination of one's spouse in a situation where this natural repugnance obtains. Rule 130, Section 23- Dead Man Statute

JOSE GUERRERO, MARIA GUERRERO, MAGDALENA GUERRERO ESPIRITU, assisted by her husband CANDIDO
PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, petitioner,
ESPIRITU, GREGORIO GUERRERO, CLARA GUERRERO, Et Al., Petitioner,
vs.
v.
HON. MARIANO C. CASTAÑEDA, JR., as Judge of the Court of First Instance of Pampanga, Branch III, and BENJAMIN
ST. CLARE’S REALTY CO., LTD., GUILLERMO T. GUERRERO, CECILIA GUERRERO, assisted by ANGELO CARDEÑO,
F. MANALOTO, respondents.
PERLINDA GUERRERO, etc., Et Al., Respondents.
G. R. No. L-46306 February 27, 1979
G. R. No. L-58164 September 2, 1983
Facts:
Facts:
Private respondent Benjamin Manaloto was charged with the crime of Falsification of Public Document by his
Andres Guerrero inherited the disputed land upon the death of his father, Isidro Guerrero. Andres physically
spouse Victoria Manaloto. He allegedly forged the signature of Victoria in a Deed of Sale wherein he sold a house and
possessed the lot and cultivated it through his tenant Dominador Ramirez. Shortly after the beginning of the Japanese
lot belonging to their conjugal property in favor of PoncianoLacsamana. At the trial, the prosecution called Victoria to
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occupation, Andres entrusted the land to his sister Cristina Guerrero and allowed her to have the property cultivated consent of Tabacalera, offered to sell Hacienda Darria to Joaquin Villegas. Private respondent Gaspar Vicente stood as
and to retain the owner’s share in the harvests as long as she needed the property. In June 1943, Andres died and was a guarantor for Villegas in favor ofTabacalera. Villanueva further contracted or promised to sell to Vicente fields no. 3,
survived by his widow, SegundaLaquindanum, and their children, who are the petitioners in this case. Cristina 4, and 13 of Hacienda Dulce Nombre de Maria. The amount of P12,460.24 was debited from the account of Vicente to
continued as a trustee of the deceased Andres. complete the purchase price. Villanueva was able to raise funds by selling a property. He thus went to Vicente for the
In 1971, people who introduced themselves as agents or buyers of the land approached the plaintiffs in order to purpose of rescinding the contract/promise to sell however, as the amount of 12,460.24 had already been debited
secure their consent to the sale of the property. Plaintiffs were informed that the land was titled in the name of their from Vicente’s account, it was agreed that lots 4 and 13 of the Hacienda Dulce Nombre de Maria would be merely
cousin, Manuel Guerrero. They discovered that Manuel was able to have the lot titled in his name on the basis of a leased to Vicente for a period of 5 years.
“Deed of Sale of land” purportedly executed by Cristina Guerrero. Petitioners filed a complaint and alleged that the Tabacalera executed a formal deed of sale in favor of Villanueva covering the three haciendas. In 1950,
Deed of Sale in favor of Manuel was fraudulent, simulated and falsified for the reason, among others, that Cristina Villanueva died. Intestate proceedings were instituted. Vicente instituted an action for recovery of property and
Guerrero was not the owner of the land at the time she purportedly sold it. During the trial, the heirs of Cristina damages against petitioner Goni in his capacity as administrator of the intestate estate of Villanueva. Vicente sought to
Guerrero namely, Frisco Cervantes, Laura Cervantes, Jose Cervantes testified as a witness of the plaintiffs that having recover field no. 3 of the Hacienda Dulce Nombre de maria basing his entitlement on the contract/promise to sell
had previous information that the disputed lot was borrowed from Andres Guerrero and that Cristina merely executed by Villanueva in his favor. The case proceeded to trial. Then party-plaintiff Vicente presented himself as
mortgaged it to Manuel Guerrero. The defendants Guerrero filed a motion to disqualify Laura Cervantes as a witness witness, who over the objection of therein defendants testified on facts occurring before the death of Praxedes
on the basis of Section 20(a), Rule 130 of the New Rules of Court. The trial court granted the motion and declared that Villanueva. Trial court rendered a decision in favor of Vicente. The CA affirmed the trial court’s decision. Hence, the
Laura Cervantes, Jose Cervantes as well as other witnesses similarly situated, are disqualified to testify. present appeal by certiorari.

Issue: Issue:
Whether or not the witnesses were correctly disqualified from testifying in the case. Whether or not respondent Gaspar Vicente may testify on matters of fact occurring before the death of Praxedes
Villanueva, which constitutes a claim upon his estate in violation of the dead man’s statute.
Ruling:
No, the witnesses should not have been disqualified. Ruling:
Section 20(a), Rule 130 of the New Rules of Court states that: Yes, respondent may testify.
Section 20. Disqualification by reason of interest or relationship. The following persons cannot testify as to Under ordinary circumstances, private respondent Vicente would be disqualified by reason of interest from
matters in which they are interested, directly or indirectly as herein enumerated: testifying as to any matter of fact occurring before the death of Praxedes T. Villanueva, such disqualification being
(a) Parties or assignors of parties to a case, or persons in whose behalf a case is prosecuted, against an executor anchored on Section 20(a) of Rule 130, commonly known as the Survivorship Disqualification Rule or Dead Man
or administrator or other representative of a deceased person, or against a person of unsound mind, Statute, which provides as follows:
upon a claim or demand against the estate of such deceased person or against such person of
unsound mind, cannot testify as to any matter of fact occurring before the death of such deceased person or Section 20. Disqualification by reason of interest or relationship.-The following persons cannot testify as
before such became of unsound mind." to matters in which they are interested, directly or indirectly, as herein enumerated:
Upon the facts and under the law, this Court is fully persuaded that the affirmative rulings of both the trial court (a) Parties or assignors of parties to a case, or persons in whose behalf a case is prosecuted, against an executor
and the Court of Appeals were made in error. The plain truth is that Laura Cervantes and Jose Cervantes are not parties or administrator or other representative of a deceased person, or against a person of unsound mind, upon a claim
in the present case, and neither are they assignors of the parties nor "persons in whose behalf a case is prosecuted." or demand against the estate of such deceased person or against such person of unsound mind, cannot testify as to
They are mere witnesses by whose testimonies the plaintiffs aimed to establish that it was not Cristina Guerrero, but any matter of fact occurring before the death of such deceased person or before such person became of unsound
Andres Guerrero, who owned the disputed land at the time of its alleged sale to Manuel Guerrero; that Cristina mind.
Guerrero did not really sell but merely mortgaged the property to Manuel Guerrero.
Moreover, the present case is not a claim or demand against the estate of the deceased Manuel Guerrero. The The case at bar, although instituted against the heirs of Praxedes Villanueva after the estate of the latter had
defendants Guerreros are not the executors or administrators or representatives of such deceased. They are being been distributed to them, remains within the ambit of the protection. The reason is that the defendants-heirs are
sued as claimants of ownership in their individual capacities of the disputed lot. The lot is not a part of the estate of properly the "representatives" of the deceased. Such protection, however, was effectively waived when counsel for
Manuel Guerrero. Hence, the inapplicability of the dead man’s rule. petitioners cross-examined private respondent Vicente. "A waiver occurs when plaintiff's deposition is taken by the
representative of the estate or when counsel for the representative cross-examined the plaintiff as to matters
GENARO GOÑI, RUFINA P. vda. DE VILLANUEVA, VIOLA P. VILLANUEVA, OSCAR P. VILLANUEVA, MARINA P. occurring during deceased's lifetime.
VILLANUEVA, VERNA P. VILLANUEVA, PRAXEDES P. VILLANUEVA, JR., JOSE P. VILLANUEVA, SAMUEL P. VILLANUEVA, It must further be observed that petitioners presented a counterclaim against private respondent Vicente. When
LOURDES P. VILLANUEVA, MILAGROS P. VILLANUEVA DE ARRIETA, petitioners-appellants, Vicente thus took the witness stand, it was in a dual capacity as plaintiff in the action for recovery of property and as
vs. defendant in the counterclaim for accounting and surrender of fields nos. 4 and 13. Evidently, as defendant in the
THE COURT OF APPEALS and GASPAR VICENTE, respondents-appellees. counterclaim, he was not disqualified from testifying as to matters of fact occurring before the death of Praxedes
GR NO. L-27434 September 23, 1986 Villanueva, said action not having been brought against, but by the estate or representatives of the estate/deceased
person.
Facts:
Praxedes Villanueva negotiated to buy 3 haciendas known San Sebastian, Sarria and Dulce Nombre de Maria G.R. No. 74306 March 16, 1992
which was owned by TABACALERA. As Villanueva did not have enough funds to pay the price, Villanueva with the

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ENRIQUE RAZON, petitioner, defendant agreed in the lifetime of Juan Chuidian that the 1,500 shares of stock in E. Razon, Inc. are actually owned by
vs. the defendant unless the deceased Juan Chuidian opted to pay the same which never happened. The case was filed by
INTERMEDIATE APPELLATE COURT and VICENTE B. CHUIDIAN, in his capacity as Administrator of the Estate of the the administrator of the estate of the late Juan Chuidian to recover shares of stock in E. Razon, Inc. allegedly owned by
Deceased JUAN T. CHUIDIAN, respondents. the late Juan T. Chuidian.

G.R. No. 74315 March 16, 1992 It is clear, therefore, that the testimony of the petitioner is not within the prohibition of the rule. The case was
not filed against the administrator of the estate, nor was it filed upon claims against the estate.
VICENTE B. CHUIDIAN, petitioner,
vs. Furthermore, the records show that the private respondent never objected to the testimony of the petitioner as
INTERMEDIATE APPELLATE COURT, ENRIQUE RAZ0N, and E. RAZON, INC., respondents. regards the true nature of his transaction with the late elder Chuidian. The petitioner's testimony was subject to cross-
examination by the private respondent's counsel. Hence, granting that the petitioner's testimony is within the
Facts: prohibition of Section 20(a), Rule 130 of the Rules of Court, the private respondent is deemed to have waived the rule.
Vicente Chuidian filed a complaint and prayed that the defendants Razon be ordered to deliver certificate of
stocks representing the share holdings his deceased father Juan Chuidian in the E. Razon, Inc. With an order to restrain Rule 130, Section 24- Disqualification by Reason of Privileged Communication
the defendants from disposing of the said shares of stocks. Defendants alleged that he owned the shares and the same
remained in his possession. It was alleged that the late Juan Chuidian did not pay any amount whatsoever for the 1,500 The United State v. DalmaceoAntipolo
shares in question. G. R. No. L-13109 March 6, 1918

On April 23, 1966, stock certificate No. 003 for 1,500 shares of stock of defendant corporation was issued in the Facts:
name of Juan T. Chuidian.From the time the certificate of stock was issued on April 1966 up to April 1971, Enrique DalmaceoAntipolo was charged with the murder of one FortunatoDinal. Susana Ezpeleta, the widow of
Razon had not questioned the ownership by Juan T. Chuidian of the shares of stock in question and had not brought FortunatoDinal, testified as a witness on behalf of the defense concerning certain alleged dying declarations. The fiscal
any action to have the certificate of stock over the said shares cancelled.Razon alleged that after organizing the E. objected to the testimony of Susana upon the ground of her incompetency to testify as the widow of Fortunato. That
Razon, Inc., Razon distributed the shares, previously placed in the names of the withdrawing nominal incorporators to the rules and procedure in either civil or criminal cases requires the consent of the husband before she can testify. The
some friends including Juan Chuidian. That the shares of stocks were registered in the name of Juan only as nominal trial judge sustained the objection and thus Susana was disqualified to testify. Dalmaceo was convicted of homicide.
stockholder and with the agreement that the said shares were owned and held by the Razon. Hence, this appeal.

The CFI declared Razon as the owner of the said shares of stock. IAC reversed the decision and ruled that Juan Issue:
Chuidian is the owner. IAC excluded the testimony of Razon under the Dead Man’s Statute rule. Whether or not the trial court erred in excluding the testimony of Susana Ezpeleta.

Issues: Ruling:
Yes, the trial court erred in excluding the testimony of Susana Ezpeleta.
Whether or not the appellate court misapplied the Dead Man’s Statute in excluding Razon’s testimony. Section 58 of General Orders No. 58 (1900) reads as follows:
Except with the consent of both, or except in cases of crime committed by one against the other, neither
Ruling:
husband nor wife shall be a competent witness for or against the other in a criminal action or proceeding to which
No, the appellate court did not misapply the DMS rule in excluding Razon’s testimony. one or both shall be parties.
This case does not fall with the text of the statute or the reason upon which it is based. The purpose of section 58
Section 20(a) Rule 130 of the Rules of Court (Section 23 of the Revised Rules on Evidence) States: is to protect accused persons against statements made in the confidence engendered by the marital relation, and to
relieve the husband or wife to whom such confidential communications might have been made from the obligation of
Sec. 20. Disqualification by reason of interest or relationship — The following persons cannot testify as to matters revealing them to the prejudice of the other spouse. Obviously, when a person at the point of death as a result of
in which they are interested directly or indirectly, as herein enumerated. injuries he has suffered makes a statement regarding the manner in which he received those injuries, the
communication so made is in no sense confidential. On the contrary, such a communication is made for the express
(a) Parties or assignors of parties to a case, or persons in whose behalf a case is prosecuted, against an purpose that it may be communicated after the death of the declarant to the authorities concerned in inquiring into
executor or administrator or other representative of a deceased person, or against a person of unsound mind, upon a the cause of his death.
claim or demand against the estate of such deceased person or against such person of unsound mind, cannot testify as On grounds of public policy the wife can not testify against her husband as to what came to her from him
to any matter of fact accruing before the death of such deceased person or before such person became of unsound confidentially or by reason of the marriage relation, but this rule does not apply to a dying communication made by the
mind." husband to the wife on the trial of the one who killed him. The declaration of the deceased made in extremes in such
cases is a thing to be proven, and this proof may be made by any competent witness who heard the statement. The
In the instant case, the testimony excluded by the appellate court is that of Razon to the affect that the late Juan wife may testify for the state in cases of this character as to any other fact known to her. It can not be contended that
Chuidian, (the father of private respondent Vicente Chuidian, the administrator of the estate of Juan Chuidian) and the the dying declaration testified to by the witness was a confidential communication made to her; on the contrary, it was

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evidently made in the furtherance of justice for the express purpose that it should be testified to in the prosecution of Facts:
the defendant.
On July 18, 1960 Jose S. Dineros, his capacity as receiver of the La Paz Ice Plant & Cold Storage Co. in Iloilo, together
Fortich vs. Court of Appeals with C.N. Hodges and Ricardo Gurrea, filed an action in the CFI for the annulment of a judgement rendered against the
La Paz Ice Plant in favor Marciano C. Roque in an action for the collection of 150,000.
G.R. No. 120769 February 12, 1997
The complaint alleged that during the pendency of receivership, defendants Marciano Roque and spouses Jose Manuel
Facts: and PaquitaLezama(petitioners) colluded to obtain a judgment by default against the company.
Stanley J. Fortichwas employed for 5 years as an area salesman of the softdrinks division of San Miguel Corporation in The spouses denied entering into collusion with Roque and averred that they did not contest Roque's claim because
Dipolog City. His job required him to collect various sums of money from the retailers and buyers of the company along they knew it to be a legitimate obligation evidenced by the minutes of the Board of Directors of the corporation. Said
his designated route. minutes was also attested and signed by the defendant spouses.
On June 5, 1979, petitioner received a memorandum signed by herein respondent Felipe T. Galleon in his capacity as At the hearing, Dineros asked the court to issue a subpoena to PaquitaLezama to testify as “a witness summoned by
District Sales Supervisor, ordering the petitioner to stop plying his route and collecting the sums owed by customers to the plaintiffs in accordance with the Rules of Court.” The request was granted over the objection of the petitioners
the company for the alleged non issuance of invoices to several customers. He was likewise directed to report directly invoking the Marital
the sales office every working day at the prescribed company time.
Issue:
On June 11, 1975, private respondent submitted a second inter office memorandum addressed to the Regional Sales
Manager summarizing the findings of an initial he conducted on the matter, which he concluded with the following WhetherPaquitaLezama, who is a co-defendant of her husband in an action, be examined as a hostile witness by the
paragraph: adverse party without infringing on her marital privilege not to testify against her husband under Sec 20(b) of Rule
130?
“In addition, I would like to further inform the management that S/M Stanley Fortich is an avid mahjong player and
cockfighting enthusiast. Inspite of several advices, there seems to be no change in his lifestyle. Also, respondent had a Held:
similar case last September 11, 1978.”
No. Even in those jurisdictions which allow one spouse to be subjected to examination by the adverse party as a hostile
The petitioner was found guilty of misappropriation ofcompany fund and thereafter dismissed. witness when both spouses are separate or separable, or the spouse offered as a witness is merely a formal or nominal
party. Section 6 of Rule 132 (Rule on Direct Examination of unwilling or hostile witnesses) is a mere concession, for the
Petitioner filed a complaint for Damages Arising from Libelagainst the private respondent. He claims that the second sake of discovery, from the rule which precludes the husband or wife from becoming means of the other's
memorandum was a libelous report. condemnation. The said rule of discovery should therefore not be expanded in meaning or scope as to allow
examination of one's spouse in situation where this natural repugnance obtains.
The trial court ruled in favor of the petitioner. CA reversed trial court's decision on appeal. Hence, this petition.
Alvarez vs Ramirez
Issue:
G.R. No. 143439 October 14, 2005
Whether private respondent's inter-office memorandum falls within the ambit of privileged communication rule.
Facts:
Held:
Respondent Susan Ramirez is the complaining witness in a criminal case for arson pending before the RTC. Herein
Yes.
petitioner is the accused Maximo Alvarez who is also the husband of Esperanza G. Alvarez, sister of the respondent.
Malice exist when there is an intentional doing of a wrongful act without just cause. An imputation is legally malicious
Esperanzawas called to testify in the stand against her husband, the petitioner.Petitioner then through his counsel
if done without any reason that would justify a normally conscientious man in so making the imputation to be
filed a motion to disqualify her on the grounds of marital disqualification. Respondent filed an opposition to the
malicious, there are exceptions to this rule. The record indicates that this case falls under the settled exceptions to the
motion.
rule: the private respondent's inter-office memorandum falls within the ambit of privileged communication rule.
The trial court issued an Order disqualifying Esperanza Alvarez from further testifying and deleting her testimony from
The rule on privileged communications allows the latitude of expression embodied in the private respondent's second
the records. Prosecution filed a motion for reconsideration but was denied in the other assailed order.
memorandum.
Private respondent Ramirez file a petition for certiorari with application for preliminary injunction and temporary
Lezama vs. Rodriguez
restraining order. The CA rendered a decision nullifying and setting aside the assailed orders issued by the trial court.
No. L-25643 June 27, 1968
Hence, this petition.
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Issue: No.

Whether Esperanza Alvarez can testify against her husband in above mentioned criminal case. The privilege against disclosure of confidential communications or information is limited only to communications
which are legitimately and properly within the scope of lawful employment of a lawyer. It does not extend to those
Held: made in contemplation of a crime or perpetration of a fraud. If the unlawful purpose is avowed, as in this case, the
Yes, Esperanza may testify over the objection of her husband. complainant’s alleged intention to bribe the government officials in relation to this case, the communication is not
covered by the privilege as a client does not consult the lawyer professionally. It is not within the profession of a
Like all other general rules, the marital disqualification rule has its own exceptions, both in civil actions between the lawyer to advise client as to how he may commit a crime as a lawyer is not a gun for hire. Thus, the attorney-client
spouses and in criminal cases for offenses committed by one against the other.One exception to said rule is where the privilege does not attach, there being no professional employment in the strict sense.
marital and domestic relations are so strained that there is no more harmony to be preserved nor peace and
tranquility which may be disturbed, the reason based upon such harmony and tranquility fails. In such case, identity of Nevertheless, it was improper for the respondent to use such disclosures against the complainant in the foreclosure
interest disappears and the consequent danger of perjury based on the identity is non-existent. case as it was not the subject matter of the litigation therein and the respondent's legal advice were not being
attacked. The Court agreed that respondent's allegations and disclosures in the foreclosure case amount to a breach
As shown by the records, prior to the commission of the offense, the relationship between petitioner and his wife was of fidelity sufficient to warrant imposition of disciplinary sanction against him.
already strained. In fact, they were separated de facto almost six months before the incident. Indeed, the evidence and
facts presented reveal that the preservation of marriage between petitioner and Ezperanza is no longer an interest the Lim vs Court of Appeals
State aims to protect. G.R. No. 91114. September 25, 1992
Genato vs Silapan Facts:
Adm. Case No. 4078. July 14, 2003 Juan Sim, herein private respondent, filed a petition for annulment of his marriage with herein petitioner, Nelly Lim, on
Facts: the ground that petitioner has been allegedly suffering from a mental illness called schizophrenia before, during, and
after the marriage and until the present.
This is a complaint for disbarment filed by William Ong Genato against respondent Atty. Essex L. Silapan.
During the trial, private respondent's counsel announced that he would present as his next witness Dr. Lydia
Their legal relationship started when complainant's retained lawyer Atty. Benjamin accommodated respondent in the Acampado, a doctor of Medicine who specializes in Psychiatry. Said counsel orally applied for the issuance of a
building and made him handle some of the complainants cases. subpoena ad tesificandum requiring Dr. Acampado to testify.

Complainant and respondent engage to subsequent transactions that lead to the filing by the complainant of a criminal Petitioner's counsel opposed the motion on the ground that the testimony sought to be elicited from the witness is
cases against respondent for violation of B.P. Blg. 22 and a civil case for judicial foreclosure of real estate mortgage. privilegedsince the latter had examined the petitioner in a professional capacity and diagnosed her to be suffering
from schizophrenia. Despite the opposition, the subpoena was issued.
In his answer in the foreclosure case, the respondentalleged that the complainant ask him to offer bribe money to the
review committee of the DOJ where the resolution of the complainant's criminal case was pending and in the event Before Dr. Acampado took the witness stand, the court heard the urgent omnibus motion to quash the subpoena filed
said petition for review is denied, he wanted the respondent to offer bribe money to the prosecutor assigned in said by the petitioner's counsel. Movant argued that having seen and examined the petitioner in a professional capacity, Dr.
case and even to the presiding judge for his acquittal. Respondent also alleged that he refused to do such act because Acampado is barred from testifying under the rule on confidentiality of a physician-patient relationship.Counsel for
the complainant confessed to him that he was really involved in the commission of the crime that he was charged of in private respondent countered that Dr. Acampado would be presented as an expert witness and would not testify on
the mentioned case. any information acquired from petitioner in a professional capacity. The trial court denied the motion and allowed the
witness to testify.Dr. Acampado took the witness stand, was qualified as an expert witness and was asked hypothetical
Complainant denies foregoing allegations. He charged that in making such allegations, respondent is guilty of breaking questions related to her field of expertise.
their confidential lawyer-client relationship and should be held administratively liable therefore.
Petitioner filed with the public respondent a petition for certiorari and prohibitionto annul the aforesaid order of
The Court referred the administrative case to the IBP for investigation, report and recommendation. The Board of respondent Judge and to prohibit him from proceeding with the reception of Dr. Acampado's testimony.The CA denied
Governors of IBP found the respondent guilty as charged and recommended his suspension. the petition as well as her motion to reconsider the same.
Issue: Issue:
Whether respondent’sdisclosure of complainant's alleged intention to bribe government official is within the purview Whether the testimony given by Dr. Acampadoin open court a privileged communication.
of their privileged communications.
Held:
Held:

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No. Paz filed a Manifestation expressing her "continuing objection" to any evidence, "that would thwart the physician-
patient privileged communication rule,"And then submitted a Statement asserting among others that "there is no
In order that the privilege may be successfully claimed , the following requisites must concur: factual or legal basis whatsoever for (Edgar) to claim 'psychological incapacity, such ground being completely false, and
The privilege is claimed in a civil case; fabricated.

The person against whom the privilege is claimed is one duly authorized to practice medicine, surgery or obstetrics; the trial court overruled the objection “because the very issue in this case is whether or not the respondent had been
suffering from psychological incapacity; and secondly, when the said psychiatric report was referred to in the
Such person acquired the infornatiob while he was attending to the patient in his professional capacity; complaint, the respondent did not object thereto on the ground of the supposed privileged communication between
patient and physician.”
The information was necessary to enable him to act in that capacity; and
The counsel of Ma Paz elevated to the CA by certiorari which was dismissed and the motion to reconsider is likewise
The information was confidential, and, if disclosed, would blacken the reputation of the patient. denied. Hence this petition for review.
One who claims this privilege must prove the presence of these aforementioned requisites. ISSUE:
Our careful evaluation of the submitted pleadings lead Us to no other course of action but to agree with the WON the contents of the psychiatric report may be admitted into evidence.
respondent Court's observation that the petitioner failed to discharge that burden. In the first place, Dr. Acampado
was presented and qualified as ab expert witness. As correctly held by the Court of Appeals, she did not disclose CONTENTION:
anything obtained in the course of her examination, interview and treatment of the petitioner; moreover, the facts and
conditions alleged in the hypothetical problem did not refer to and had no bearing on whatever information or findings Petitioner agrues that argues that since
the doctor obtained while attending the patient. There is, as well, no showing that Dr. Acampado’s answers to the Sec. 24, par. (c), Rule 130, of the Rules of Court prohibits a physician from testifying on matters which he may have
questions propounded to her relating to the hypothetical problem were influenced by the information obtained from acquired in attending to a patient in a professional capacity, "WITH MORE REASON should be third person be
the petitioner. Otherwise stated, her expert opinion excluded whatever information or knowledge she had about the PROHIBITED from testifying on privileged matters between a physician and patient or from submitting any medical
petitioner which was acquired by reason of the physician-patient relationship existing between them. As an expert report, findings or evaluation prepared by a physician which the latter has acquired as a result of his confidential and
witness, her testimony before the trial court cannot then be excluded. privileged relation with a patient.

Rule 130, Section 36- Hearsay Rule Respondent Edgar Krohn, Jr., however contends that "the rules are very explicit: the prohibition applies only to a
G.R. No. 108854 June 14, 1994 physician. Thus . . . the legal prohibition to testify is not applicable to the case at bar where the person sought to be
barred from testifying on the privileged communication is the husband and not the physician of the petitioner."
MA. PAZ FERNANDEZ KROHN, petitioner,
vs. Also, private respondent submits that privileged communication may be waived, and this petitioner expressly did when
COURT OF APPEALS and EDGAR KROHN, JR., respondents. she gave her unconditional consent to the use of the psychiatric evaluation report when it was presented to
the Tribunal MetropolitanumMatrimoniale which took it into account in deciding the case and declaring their marriage
FACTS: null and void. Private respondent further argues that petitioner also gave her implied consent when she failed to
specifically object to the admissibility of the report in her Answer which amounts to a waiver.
Edgar Krohn, Jr., and Ma. Paz Fernandez were married. In 1971, Ma. Paz underwent psychological testing purportedly
in an effort to ease the marital strain. HELD:

Edgar was able to secure a copy of the confidential psychiatric report on Ma. Paz prepared and signed by Drs. Cornelio YES.
Banaag, Jr., and Baltazar Reyes. On 2 November 1978, presenting the report among others, he obtained a decree from
the Tribunal MetropolitanumMatrimoniale in Manila nullifying his church marriage with Ma. Paz on the ground of The requisites in order that the privilege may be successfully invoked:
"incapacitasassumendioneraconjugalia due to lack of due discretion existent at the time of the wedding and (a) the privilege is claimed in a civil case;
thereafter."
(b) the person against whom the privilege is claimed is one duly authorized to practice medicine, surgery or obstetrics;
on 30 July 1982, the Court of First Instance granted the voluntary dissolution of the conjugal partnership.
(c) such person acquired the information while he was attending to the patient in his professional capacity;
On 23 October 1990, Edgar filed a petition for the annulment of his marriage with Ma. Paz before the trial court. In his
petition, he cited the Confidential Psychiatric Evaluation Report which Ma. Paz merely denied in her Answer. (d) the information was necessary to enable him to act in that capacity; and,

In the trial, Edgar tried to testify on the contents of the Confidential Psychiatric Evaluation Report. This was objected to (e) the information was confidential and, if disclosed, would blacken the reputation (formerly character) of the patient.
on the ground that it violated the rule on privileged communication between physician and patient. Subsequently, Ma.
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In the instant case, the person against whom the privilege is claimed is not one duly authorized to practice medicine, There is nothing in the aforequoted testimony indicating that the deaf-mute, Pipe, pointed to her sister Lucila Valero as
surgery or obstetrics. He is simply the patient's husband who wishes to testify on a document executed by medical the source of the poisoned bread.
practitioners. Plainly and clearly, this does not fall within the claimed prohibition.
ISSUE:
Moreover, with regards to the testimony, petitioner invoked the rule on privileged communications but never
questioned the testimony as hearsay. It was a fatal mistake. For, in failing to object to the testimony on the ground WON the defendant’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt is established based from the testimonial evidences from the
that it was hearsay, counsel waived his right to make such objection and, consequently, the evidence offered may be witnesses.
admitted.
HELD:
Petition is DENIED for lack of merit. CA decision is AFFIRMED.

G.R. No. L-45283-84 March 19, 1982 No. The evidence is purely hearsay. 17 The presentation of such evidence likewise violates the principle of res inter alios
THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee, acta. The rights of a party cannot be prejudiced by an act, declaration, or omission of another.
vs.
LUCILA VALERO y VARILLA, defendant-appellant. With particular reference to the testimony of Ceferino Velasco, its admission cannot be justified by claiming that it is a
part of the res gestae. When Pipe allegedly revealed to Ceferino Velasco that the source of the poisoned bread was the
FACTS: defendant, the children had not eaten or tasted it. Nobody was yet poisoned. Even prosecution witnesses Ceferino
Velasco and Federico Jaime admitted on cross-examination that their interpretations of the sign language of Pipe were
Lucila Valero alias Rosing and Alfonsito Valero alias "Pipe" were accused in the Municipal Court of San Rafael, Bulacan only guess work.
in two separate complaints, one of double murder and the other of frustrated murder.
The failure of the defense counsel to object to the presentation of incompetent evidence, like hearsay evidence or
After the preliminary investigations, the complaints against Alfonsito Valero were dismissed "on the ground that he is a evidence that violates the rule of res inter alios acta, or his failure to ask for the striking out of the same does not give
deaf-mute and, therefore, all the proceedings against him were beyond his comprehension". Lucila Valero remained as such evidence any probative value. The lack of objection may make any incompetent evidence admissible. 20 But
the sole defendant. After the trial in the Court of First Instance of Bulacan where the records were later forwarded for admissibility of evidence should not be equated with weight of evidence. Hearsay evidence whether objected to or not
appropriate proceedings, the trial Court convicted Lucila Valero of the complex crime of double murder and frustrated has no probative value.
murder and imposed upon her the extreme penalty of death.
Trial court’s decision is reversed. Accused is acquitted.
Hence, this automatic review.
G.R. No. 93516 August 12, 1992
The evidence of the prosecution and the defense conflict as to the source of the poisoned bread. The evidence of the
prosecution shows that the poisoned bread was given to the children by Alfonso Valero alias Pipe, a deaf-mute brother THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILLIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee,
of the defendant Lucila Valero, and that it was Lucila Valero who gave the bread to Pipe for delivery to the minor vs.
children. On the other hand, the defendant Lucila Valero denies that she ever bread to her deaf-mute brother, Pipe, for BASILIO DAMASO @ Bernardo/BERNIE MENDOZA @ KA DADO, accused-appellant.
delivery to the minor children. The evidence for the defense tends to show that the Velasco children might have eaten
one of the sliced poisoned bread used by their father in poisoning rats in his garden. FACTS:

Out of the nine witnesses for the prosecution three witnesses, namely Rodolfo Quilang, Federico Jaime, and Ceferino The group of Lt. Quijardo were sent to verify the presence of CPP/NPA Dagupan City.They put under surveillance the
Velasco were presented to prove that the defendant Lucila Valero gave the poisoned bread to her deaf-mute brother rented apartment of Rosemarie, sister of someone whom they earlier arrested.They interviewed LuzvimindaMorados,
Pipe with the alleged instruction to deliver the bread to the Velasco children. who stated that she worked with Bernie Mendoza alias Basilio Damaso, the appellant.Together with Morados, they
reached the house of Damaso where they saw Luz Tanciangco, a helper. Tanciangco then allowed the group to enter
Rodolfo Quilang, among the nine witnesses, testified that he saw the defendant Lucila Valero deliver "something inside the house.The group of Lt. Quijardo entered the dwelling of Damaso without a valid warrant when the latter was
wrapped in a piece of paper" to her deaf-mute brother Pipe with the alleged instruction by sign language to deliver absent. They requested the persons in the house to allow them to look around. In one of the rooms, they saw
the same to the Velasco children. Quilang never saw what was inside the piece of paper. subversive materials which they confiscated. They likewise brought the persons found in the house to the
headquarters for investigation and the persons revealed that Damaso was the lessee of the house and owned the
In his affidavit,Quilang stated that he actually saw Pipe deliver the wrapped object to the children. However during the items confiscated.Based on this, Damaso was charged with illegal possession of firearms.
trial, he declared on cross-examination that he did not see such delivery.
During the trial, Lt. Quijardo testified that according to Luz Tanciangco it was Bernie Mendoza who owns the said
On the other hand, both Ceferino Velasco and Federico Jaime did not see the delivery by the defendant to her deaf- items. But when asked by the court if he identified Bernie, he said that he is not the proper person to tell the real
mute brother "something wrapped in a piece of paper". They never saw or heard her giving any instruction to Pipe to identity of Benrie but the intelligence of Pangasinan PC Command.
deliver the wrapped object to the children. Both claimed that they learned or obtained the information from Pipe after
interviewing him by means of sign language.
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ISSUE: constitutional mandate that no "warrant of arrest shall issue except upon probable cause to be determined personally
by the judge after examination under oath or affirmation of the complainant and the witnesses he may produce.
WON such testimony of Lt. Quijardo is admissible in evidence.
Although the foregoing provisions seemingly grant judges wide latitude and unbridled discretion in determining
HELD: probable cause, an elementary legal principle must not be compromised — hearsay evidence cannot be the basis of
probable cause. The rules on evidence are explicit. A witness can testify only to those facts which he knows of his
The aforequoted testimonies are hearsay because the witnesses testified on matters not on their own personal personal knowledge; that is, which are derived from his own perception. Hearsay evidence, therefore, has no probative
knowledge.It is true that the lack of objection to a hearsay testimony results in its being admitted as evidence. value whatsoever.
However, hearsay evidence, whether objected to or not, cannot be given credence.Likewise, the records do not show
any other evidence which could have identified the appellant as the lessee of the house and the owner of the Respondent cannot pass the blame and burden to the provincial prosecutor. The determination of probable cause is a
subversive items. function of the judge and is not for the provincial fiscal or prosecutor to ascertain. Only the judge and the judge alone
make this determination.
Even assuming for the sake of argument that the appellant is the lessee of the house, the case against him still will not
prosper, the reason being that the law enforcers failed to comply with the requirements of a valid search and seizure Respondent judge is REPRIMANDED with warning.
proceedings.
G.R. No. L-28482 January 30, 1971
A.M. No. MTJ-94-979 October 25, 1995
PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee,
JUDGE EMERITO M. AGCAOILI, RTC-BRANCH 10, APARRI, CAGAYAN, complainant, vs.
vs. JUAN BRIOSO and MARIANO TAEZA, defendants-appellants.
JUDGE ADOLFO B. MOLINA, MCTC, GONZAGA-STA. TERESITA, CAGAYAN, respondent.
FACTS:
FACTS:
The spouses Silvino Daria and Susana Tumalip were in their house at barrio Tiker, Tayum, Abra. When Cecilia Bernal,
Complainant judge alleged that respondent, in conducting the preliminary investigation in a criminal case, failed to neighbor of the spouses saw appellants approach the house of Silvino carrying a long gun. Appellants ponted the gun
exercise utmost care in the issuance of a warrant of arrest against the accused, Rolando Anama, based as it was, at the bamboo wall of Daria’s house and shot her husband. The widow, testified that right after being shot, she rushed
merely on the statements of two (2) witnesses who had no personal knowledge of the commission of the offense to her husband's side and he told her that he was shot by Juan Brioso and Mariano Taeza. Silvino Daria expired one
charged.Mere hearsay evidence cannot be the basis that probable cause exists, stated complainant judge. hour later as a result of gunshot wounds in the abdomen and leg. A few days later, Cecilia Bernal and the widow,
Susana Tumalip, executed affidavits pointing to the two accused as the killers (Exhibits "B" and "C," respectively). They
Respondent admitted that he was the inquest judge in the preliminary investigation of the above entitled case and were convicted by the CFI of Abra guilty of murder and were sentenced life imprisonment.
finding the existence of probable cause, he ordered the issuance of the warrant of arrest against the accused and as
the case was cognizable by the Regional Trial Court, it was forwarded to the Provincial Prosecutor's Office in Aparri, two accused appealed the conviction and assigned the following errors:
Cagayan.

Respondent explained that since the case was cognizable by the Regional Trial Court, the Provincial Prosecutor's Office, ISSUE:
which has the final say and disposition on the existence of probable cause on cases cognizable by the Regional Trial
Court, should carry the brunt of the responsibility for "erroneous" finding of probable cause. 1. The lower court erred in relying on the uncorroborated and contradictory testimony and statement of the
prosecution witness Cecilia Bernal on the physical identity of the accused;
In its report, the Court Administrator recommended that respondent be admonished to be more careful in the
determination of the existence of probable cause before issuing a warrant of arrest. 2. The lower court erred in disregarding the affidavit (Exhibit 2) of Antonio Daria, son of the deceased, clearing the
accused Mariano Taeza, which affidavit had been identified in court by the fiscal before whom the same was executed;
ISSUE:
HELD:
WON hearsay evidence can be a basis of probable cause.
1. No. the court find no discrepancy in the testimony of Cecilia Bernal on the material points. She stated that she did
HELD: not see Mariano Taeza carry a gun when both the accused passed by. But this brief observation does not necessarily
mean that he was not actually armed or carrying a gun on his person. The fact that he did was proved when both the
No. Section 6(b), Rule 112 of the New Rules of Criminal Procedure requires that a warrant of arrest shall be issued only said accused were seen pointing their respective gun at the victim and each subsequently fired once at him, Taeza
when the "municipal trial judge conducting the preliminary investigation is satisfied after an examination in writing in using a short weapon that could have been carried concealed in his person.
the form of searching questions and answers, that a probable cause exists and that there is a necessity of placing the
respondent under immediate custody in order not to frustrate the ends of justice." This is in conformity with the

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2. No. The alleged affidavit of Antonio Daria, was presented in court to corroborate Mariano Taeza's testimony. But they are objectionable on hearsay grounds; they are not admissible evidence of the facts they narrate. These affidavits
while the said affidavit was identified by the Provincial Fiscal as having been subscribed and sworn to before him, he must first be formally offered and admitted in evidence before the court may consider their contents.
also stated that he did not know Antonio Daria personally and that was the only time he appeared before him. Exhibit
"2" does not have the seal of the Fiscal's Office. Moreover, the said exhibit was never identified by the supposed The fundamental rule on this point is found in Section 35, Rule 132, Rules of Court, which provides that "[t]he court
affiant and there was no opportunity for the prosecution to cross-examine him. shall consider no evidence which has not been formally offered." It is the duty of the judge to rest his findings of facts
and his judgment only and strictly upon the evidence adduced. Here, the affidavits of admission have not been
Affidavits are generally not prepared by the affiants themselves but by another who uses his own language in writing formally offered, much less admitted in evidence. They cannot be taken into account.
the affiants' statements, which may thus be either committed or misunderstood by the one writing them. For this
reason, and for the further reason that the adverse party is deprived of the opportunity to cross-examine the affiants, G.R. No. 117401 October 1, 1998
affidavits are generally rejected in a judicial proceeding as hearsay, unless the affiants themselves are placed on the PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee,
witness stand to testify thereon. In view hereof, the court find Exhibit "2" of no probative value, and that the lower
court did not err when it rejected the same. vs. BERNARDO QUIDATO, JR., Accused-Appellant.

Judgement on appeal is AFFIRMED with MODIFICATIONS. FACTS:

G.R. No. L-24877 June 30, 1969 On January 17, 1989, accused-appellant was charged with the crime of parricide before the Regional Trial Court of
Davao for killing his father, Bernardo Quidato, Sr. together with Reynaldo Malita and Eddie Malita.
PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff,
The prosecution, in offering its version of the facts, presented as its witnesses accused-appellant's brother Leo
vs. GAUDENCIO MONGADO, JILLY SEGADOR, and BELESANDE SALAR, accused. Quidato, appellant's wife Gina Quidato, as well as Patrolman Lucrecio Mara. According to appellant’s wife, Gina
FACTS: Quidato accused-appellant and the Malita brothers were drinking tuba at their house. She overheard the trio planning
to go to her father-in-law's house to get money from the latter. Likewise, the prosecution offered in evidence affidavits
Accused, Gaudencio Mongado, Jilly Segador, Belesande Salar, Anastacio Cadenas and Andres Cagadas were charged of containing the extra-judicial confessions of Eddie Malita and Reynaldo Malita. The Malita brothers confessed to their
Robbery with Double Homicide and Rape. Pursuant to their conspiracy, the accused Belesande Salar after having fatally participation in the crime, executing affidavits detailing how Bernardo was killed. The two brothers were, however, not
assaulted the wife, Emilia Dalit, and while she was alive and helpless, did then and there willfully, unlawfully and presented by the prosecution on the witness stand. Instead, it presented Atty. Jonathan Jocom to prove that the two
feloniously have carnal knowledge with the said Emilia Dalit at the residence referred to where the aforementioned were assisted by counsel when they made their confessions. Similarly, the prosecution presented MTC Judge George
crime was committed. The accused pleaded guilty during the arraignment. Omelio who attested to the due and voluntary execution of the sworn statements by the Malita brothers.

The trial court, without taking any evidence, but taking stock of the affidavits of admission of the three accused, as The body of Bernardo was discovered the next day by accused-appellant's son, who had gone there to call his Lolo for
attached to the record, the trial court found that the Commission of the crime charged was attended by the breakfast. The cause of death, as stated in Bernardo's death certificate was "hypovolemic shock secondary to fatal
aggravating circumstances of treachery, ignominy, evident premeditation, dwelling and abuse of confidence for all the hacking wound on the posterior neck area."
three accused, and recidivism as regards the accused Gaudencio Mongado (who was a parolee at the time of the
commission of this crime), all offset by the mitigating circumstance of voluntary plea of guilty. On September 27, 1988, Leo Quidato confronted his brother regarding the incident and learned that Reynaldo and
Eddie Malita were the ones responsible for Bernardo's death. The two were promptly arrested by the police. Aside
The court, accordingly, sentenced the three, Gaudencio Mongado, Belesande Salar and Jilly Segador (Anastacio from arresting the latter two, however, the police also arrested accused-appellant.
Cadenas and Andres Cagadas were to be tried separately) to suffer the penalty of death for the crime of robbery with
double homicide and rape defined and penalized under Article 294, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Revised Penal Code, to On September 29, 1988, the Malita brothers were interrogated by Patrolman Lucrecio Mara at the Kaputian Police
indemnify jointly and severally the hearirg of the victims Silvino Lincuna and Emilia Dalit in the amount of P6,000 each, Station. When Mara apprised them of their constitutional rights, including their right to counsel, they signified their
plus P596.15, the value of the things taken by the accused but not recovered, with 3/5 of the costs. intent to confess even in the absence of counsel. Aware that the same would be useless if given in the absence of
counsel, Mara took down the testimony of the two but refrained from requiring the latter to sign their affidavits.
ISSUE/S: Instead, he escorted the Malita brothers to Davao City and presented them, along with their unsigned affidavits, to a
CLAO (now PAO) lawyer, Jonathan Jocom.
Whether or not the affidavits constitutes as “hearsay” evidence
ISSUE/S:
HELD:
(a) Whether or not the extrajudicial confessions should be given credence as they were obtained in violation of the
Yes, because the affidavits were not formally offered and admitted in evidence. constitutional right of appellant to confront witnesses
It is clear error on the part of the trial court to consider the affidavits of admission of the three accused attached to the (b) Whether or not the testimony of the appellant’s wife is disqualified
record in appreciating aggravating circumstances against them. Affidavits are generally classed as hearsay evidence;

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HELD: One Josephine Aguilar was at St. Luke’s Hospital to have some stitches removed from her daughter’s head. Her
attention was caught by a very young boy, less than three years old, who was brought to the hospital by his
(a) No, they should not be given credence, and indeed, appellant should be ACQUITTED. grandmother. The boy was all covered with dried blood. What struck Josephine was that the grandmother was
The prosecution relied heavily on appellant’s co-accused’s affidavits. However, the failure to present the affiants in the hysterically yelling, “"Pinatay siya ng sariling ama!", Putang ina ang ama niya . . . walang awa sa anak niya…hayop siya".
witness stand gives these affidavits the character of hearsay. It is hornbook doctrine that unless the affiants This bothered Josephine’s conscience so she asked for help from a civil liberties organization lawyer.
themselves take the witness stand to affirm the averments in their affidavits, the affidavits must be excluded from the The defense of the defendant father was he was not at home when the incident happened and it was possible that the
judicial proceeding, being inadmissible hearsay. The voluntary admissions of an accused made extrajudicially are not child fell from the stairs. He mentioned that his son was a very sickly child and has difficulty in breathing.
admissible in evidence against his co-accused when the latter had not been given an opportunity to hear him testify
and cross-examine him. The prosecution's primary evidence that it was appellant who beat up and killed the boy was the testimony of its
principal witness Josephine Aguilar who declared that she heard appellant's grandmother herself shouting that it was
RATIO: appellant who killed his own son by beating him to death. The said grandmother, Rufina Alconyes, was not presented
Section 30, Rule 130 of the Rules of Court which provides that "[t]he act or declaration of a conspirator relating to the in court, since at the time of the trial she was already dead.
conspiracy and during its existence, may be given in evidence against the co-conspirator after the conspiracy is shown The Solicitor General posits the view that the outbursts of that grandmother constituted exceptions to the hearsay rule
by evidence other than such act or declaration." The inapplicability of this provision is clearly apparent. The since they were part of the res gestae.
confessions were made after the conspiracy had ended and after the consummation of the crime. Hence, it cannot be
said that the execution of the affidavits were acts or declarations made during the conspiracy's existence. Those inculpatory and spontaneous statements were: (1) "Pinatay siya ng kanyang ama" (he was killed by his own
father); (2) Putang ina ang ama niya . . . walang awa sa anak niya . . . hayop siya" (His father is a son of a bitch . . .
Likewise, the manner by which the affidavits were obtained by the police render the same inadmissible in evidence without pity for his son . . . he is an animal); and (3) Appellant did not allow his son, John Albert, to accompany her and
even if they were voluntarily given. The settled rule is that an uncounseled extrajudicial confession without a valid when the boy started to cry and would not stop, appellant beat his son very hard, tied his hands, and continued
waiver of the right to counsel - that is, in writing and in the presence of counsel- is inadmissible in evidence. 12 It is beating him until excreta came out of his anus. The trial court was of the opinion that what Ms. Aguilar heard or saw
undisputed that the Malita brothers gave their statements to Patrolman Mara in the absence of counsel, although they does not merely constitute an independently relevant statement which it considered as an "exception to the hearsay
signed the same in the presence of counsel the next day. rule, only as to the tenor rather than the intrinsic truth or falsity of its contents."
(b) Yes, Gina Quidato's testimony, must also be DISREGARDED. ISSUE/S:
Accused-appellant having timely objected thereto under the marital disqualification rule. As correctly observed by the Whether or not the testimony on the outburst of the grandmother has evidentiary value
court a quo, the disqualification is between husband and wife, the law not precluding the wife from testifying when it
involves other parties or accused. Hence, Gina Quidato could testify in the murder case against Reynaldo and Eddie, HELD:
which was jointly tried with accused-appellant's case. This testimony cannot, however, be used against accused-
appellant directly or through the guise of taking judicial notice of the proceedings in the murder case without violating Yes Insofar as the statements of Rufina Alconyes are concerned, they are admissible as part of the res gestae, they
the marital disqualification rule. "What cannot be done directly cannot be done indirectly" is a rule familiar even to law having been caused by and did result from the startling, if not gruesome, occurrence that she witnessed; and these
students. were shortly thereafter uttered by her with spontaneity, without prior opportunity to contrive the same. The report
made thereof by Josephine Aguilar is not hearsay since she was actually there and personally heard the statements of
The prosecution relied heavily on appellant’s co-accused’s affidavits. However, the failure to present the affiants in the Alconyes which she recounted in court. Her account of said statements of Alconyes are admissible under the doctrine
witness stand gives these affidavits the character of hearsay. It is hornbook doctrine that unless the affiants of independently relevant statements, with respect to the tenor and not the truth thereof, since independent of the
themselves take the witness stand to affirm the averments in their affidavits, the affidavits must be excluded from the truth or falsity of the same they are relevant to the issue on the cause of the death of the victim.
judicial proceeding, being inadmissible hearsay. The voluntary admissions of an accused made extrajudicially are not
admissible in evidence against his co-accused when the latter had not been given an opportunity to hear him testify The testimony of the witness as to the said statements of the grandmother is not hearsay, and is admissible as an
and cross-examine him. independently relevant statement.

G.R. No. 119359 December 10, 1996 Ratio:

PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee, The trial court was of the opinion that what Ms. Aguilar heard or saw does not merely constitute an independently
relevant statement which it considered as an "exception to the hearsay rule, only as to the tenor rather than the
vs. ROBERT CLOUD, accused-appellant. intrinsic truth or falsity of its contents." Insofar as the statements of Rufina Alconyes are concerned, they are
admissible as part of the res gestae, they having been caused by and did result from the startling, if not gruesome,
FACTS: occurrence that she witnessed; and these were shortly thereafter uttered by her with spontaneity, without prior
opportunity to contrive the same. The report made thereof by Josephine Aguilar is not hearsay since she was actually

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there and personally heard the statements of Alconyes which she recounted in court. Her account of said statements HELD:
of Alconyes are admissible under the doctrine of independently relevant statements, with respect to the tenor and not
the truth thereof, since independent of the truth or falsity of the same they are relevant to the issue on the cause of Yes. The Office of the Solicitor General contends that the sole inquiry in this habeas corpus proceeding is whether or
the death of the victim. not there is legal basis to detain petitioner. The OSG maintains that public respondents have more than sufficiently
shown the existence of a legal ground for petitioner's continued incarceration, viz., his conviction by final judgment,
G.R. No. 122954 February 15, 2000 and under Section 4 of Rule 102 of the Rules of Court, the discharge of a person suffering imprisonment under lawful
judgment is not authorized. Petitioner's remedy, therefore, is not a petition for habeas corpus but a proceeding for the
NORBERTO FERIA Y PACQUING, petitioner, reconstitution of judicial records.
vs. THE COURT OF APPEALS, DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF CORRECTIONS, MUNTINLUPA, METRO MANILA (IN PLACE Consequently, the writ may also be availed of where, as a consequence of a judicial proceeding, (a) there has been a
OF THE JAIL WARDEN OF THE MANILA CITY JAIL), THE PRESIDING JUDGE OF BRANCH II, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF deprivation of a constitutional right resulting in the restraint of a person, (b) the court had no jurisdiction to impose
MANILA, and THE CITY PROSECUTOR, CITY OF MANILA,respondents. the sentence, or (c) an excessive penalty has been imposed, as such sentence is void as to such excess. 15 Petitioner's
“The mere loss or destruction of the records of a criminal case subsequent to conviction of the accused will not render claim is anchored on the first ground considering, as he claims, that his continued detention, notwithstanding the lack
the judgment of conviction void, nor will it warrant the release of the convict by virtue of a writ of habeas corpus. The of a copy of a valid judgment of conviction, is violative of his constitutional right to due process.
proper remedy is the reconstitution of judicial records which is as much a duty of the prosecution as of the defense.” Based on the records and the hearing conducted by the trial court, there is sufficient evidence on record to establish
FACTS: the fact of conviction of petitioner which serves as the legal basis for his detention. Petitioner made judicial
admissions, both verbal and written, that he was charged with and convicted of the crime of Robbery with Homicide,
Petitioner Norberto Feria y Pacquing has been under detention since May 21, 1981, up to present by reason of his and sentenced to suffer imprisonment "habang buhay".
conviction of the crime of Robbery with Homicide, in Criminal Case No. 60677, by the Regional Trial Court of Manila,
Branch 2, for the jeepney hold-up and killing of United States Peace Corps Volunteer Margaret Viviene Carmona. As a general rule, the burden of proving illegal restraint by the respondent rests on the petitioner who attacks such
restraint. In other words, where the return is not subject to exception, that is, where it sets forth process which on its
Twelve (12) years later, or on June 9, 1993, petitioner sought to be transferred from the Manila City Jail to the Bureau face shows good ground for the detention of the prisoner, it is incumbent on petitioner to allege and prove new matter
of Corrections in Muntinlupa City, but the Jail Warden of the Manila City Jail informed the Presiding Judge of the RTC- that tends to invalidate the apparent effect of such process. If the detention of the prisoner is by reason of lawful
Manila, Branch 2, that the transfer cannot be effected without the submission of the requirements, namely, the public authority, the return is considered prima facie evidence of the validity of the restraint and the petitioner has the
Commitment Order or Mittimus, Decision, and Information.It was then discovered that the entire records of the case, burden of proof to show that the restraint is illegal.
including the copy of the judgment, were missing. Upon further inquiries, the entire records appear to have been lost
or destroyed in the fire which occurred at the second and third floor of the Manila City Hall on November 3, 1986. Note further that, in the present case, there is also no showing that petitioner duly appealed his conviction of the
crime of Robbery with Homicide, hence for all intents and purposes, such judgment has already become final and
On October 3, 1994, petitioner filed a Petition for the Issuance of a Writ of Habeas Corpus with the Supreme Court executory. When a court has jurisdiction of the offense charged and of the party who is so charged, its judgment,
against the Jail Warden of the Manila City Jail, the Presiding Judge of Branch 2, Regional Trial Court of Manila, and the order, or decree is not subject to collateral attack by habeas corpus.
City Prosecutor of Manila, praying for his discharge from confinement on the ground that his continued detention
without any valid judgment is illegal and violative of his constitutional right to due process. Rule 130, Section 37- Dying Declaration

The RTC dismissed the case on the ground that the mere loss of the records of the case does not invalidate the G.R. No. 75028 November 8, 1991
judgment or commitment nor authorize the release of the petitioner, and that the proper remedy would be
reconstitution of the records of the case which should be filed with the court which rendered the decision. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee,

Petitioner argues that his detention is illegal because there exists no copy of a valid judgment as required by Sections 1 vs. PIOQUINTO DE JOYA y CRUZ, defendant-appellant.
and 2 of Rule 120 of the Rules of Court, and that the evidence considered by the trial court and Court of Appeals in the The Solicitor General for plaintiff-appellee.
habeas corpus proceedings did not establish the contents of such judgment.
Rodolfo P. Liwanag for accused-appellant.
In a comment, OSG maintains that public respondents have more than sufficiently shown the existence of a legal
ground for petitioner’s continued incarceration, viz., his conviction by final judgment, and under Section 4 of Rule 102 FACTS:
of the Rules of Court, the discharge of a person suffering imprisonment under lawful judgment is not authorized.
Spouses Arnedo Valencia and Herminia Salac-Valencia, together with their ten (10) year old son Alvin Valencia and
ISSUE/S: Herminia Valencia's 88-year old mother, Eulalia Diamse, are residents of Balagtas St.,Baliuag, Bulacan.

Whether or not there is legal basis to detain petitioner after the destruction or loss of his criminal records In the afternoon of January 31, 1978, Herminia Salac-Valencia left for school to teach. Her mother Eulalia Diamse was
then sitting at their sofa watching the television set. Her Son Alvin likewise left for school at 1:00 o'clock. And at 3:00
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o'clock in the afternoon, his classes were dismissed and he proceeded home. At around 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon of The totality of the case made out against appellant De Joya thus consists of an incomplete, aborted, dying declaration
that same day, the spouses Valencia's neighbor by the name of Gloria Capulong, together with a friend, went out of the and a number of circumstances which, singly or collectively, do not necessarily give rise to a compelling inference that
former's house to visit a friend. When Alvin reached home, he saw his grandmother Eulalia Diamse lying down appellant had indeed robbed and slain Eulalia Diamse.
prostrate and drenched with her own blood. He immediately threw his bag and ran towards her and asked her: "Apo,
Apo, what happened?" Eulalia Diamse held his hand and after which said “Si Paqui”. After saying these words, she let G.R. No. 101799 November 6, 1992
go of Alvin’s hands and passed away. Upon seeing her mother, Alvin told her. “Mommy, Mommy, apo is drenched in PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee,
her own blood.” When she reached their house, she found her mother lying prostrate in her own blood. Consequently,
Herminia found out that the two (2) gold rings worn by her mother were missing. The right earring of her mother was vs. PACIFICO DUNIG y RODRIGUEZ, defendant-appellant.
likewise missing. The same afternoon, Herminia saw the room of the goundfloor ransacked. Herminia found beach
walk step-in, more or less one (1) meter from where the victim was lying. Herminia was able to recognize the said step- FACTS:
in because of its color and size, as the other half of the pair she bought for her husband Arnedo but which she gave to Pacifico Dunig was formally charged with the murder of Marilyn Canatoy, then 14 years old, in an information filed
Socorro de Joya, the wife of herein accused-appellant, Pioquinto de Joya y Cruz. with the Regional Trial Court of Bulacan. The allegation was that on April 5, 1990, in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, he
The trial court rendered a decision finding the accused guilty of the crime Robbery with Homicide. repeatedly stabbed and thus killed the said girl, the attack being accompanied with treachery, evident premeditation
and abuse of superior strength.
ISSUE/S:
The prosecution presented three witnesses, These were Maylin Montes, her sister, Katherine Montes, and their
Whether or not the dying declaration made by Eulalia Diamse is admissible mother, Teresita Montes. Maylin Montes, said that at about 3 o'clock in the morning, she saw Dunig stab Marilyn in
the neck three times. The three girls ran to Andrade's house about 8 meters away where her father and mother were
HELD: staying. Marilyn did too, and collapsed at the door.
No, the Supreme Court ACQUITTED the accused. Katherine Montes, also saw Dunig running away after she heard her Ate Marilyn screaming. She said she ran to the
It has been held that a dying declaration to be admissible must be complete in itself. To be complete in itself does not house ahead of Marilyn and she heard the stricken girl say, "Nanay, nanay, sinaksak ako ni Pico." "Pico" is Dunig's
mean that the declarant must recite everything that constituted the res gestae of the subject of his statement, but that nickname.
his statement of any given fact should be a full expression of all that he intended to say as conveying his meaning in Teresita Montes, the girls' mother, said that she saw Pico and her niece Marilyn quarreling. At about 3 o'clock the
respect of such fact. The reason upon which incomplete declarations are generally excluded, or if admitted, accorded following morning, she was awakened when Marilyn knocked at her door. Marilyn's neck was bleeding, and she cried
little or no weight, is that since the declarant was prevented (by death or other circumstance) from saying all that he to her: "Nanay, nanay, bigyan ninyo ako ng katarungan dahil sinaksak ako ni Pico." A minute later, she died. Behind
wished to say, what he did say might have been qualified by the statements which he was prevented from making. Marilyn were Maylin, Katherine and Flory.
That incomplete declaration is not therefore entitled to the presumption of truthfulness which constitutes the basis
upon which dying declarations are received. Dunig's defense was alibi. He said that on the night in question, he was alone in a nipa hut in Matinbubong, San
Ildefonso, Bulacan, where he went to sleep at 9 p.m. and awoke the following morning at 6 o'clock. He swore he was
It is clear to the Court that the dying declaration of the deceased victim here was incomplete. In other words, the not in the resthouse where, and at the time, Marilyn was killed.
deceased was cut off by death before she could convey a complete or sensible communication to Alvin. The trial court
simply assumed that by uttering the words "Si Paqui", the deceased had intended to name the person who had thrust Judge Amado M. Calderon, disbelieving him, found him guilty as charged. This Court, after considering the evidence,
some sharp instrument through and through her neck just below her ears. But Eulalia herself did not say so and we holds that the conviction cannot stand.
cannot speculate what the rest of her communication might have been had death not interrupted her. We are unable
to regard the dying statement as a dying declaration naming the appellant as the doer of the bloody deed. Alibi is unquestionably a weak defense, and it is clearly so in the case at bar. Dunig has not presented a single witness
to corroborate him. There is also the admitted fact that the nipa hut where he supposedly slept was only a kilometer
The other elements taken into account by the trial court are purely circumstantial in nature. When these circumstances away from the scene of the crime.
are examined one by one, none of them can be said to lead clearly and necessarily to the conclusion that appellant had
robbed and killed the deceased Eulalia Diamse. The quarrel over the use of the bicycle which was supposed to have However, we have repeatedly stressed that a person's conviction must rest not on the weakness of his defense but on
taken place two weeks before Eulalia's death does not, in our view, constitute adequate proof of a motive capable of the strength of the prosecution. The accused can rely on the constitutional presumption of his innocence. It is for the
moving a person to slay another in such a violent and gory manner. Failure to prove a credible motive where no prosecution to overcome that presumption with convincing proof that the accused is guilty; otherwise, he must be
identification was shown at all, certainly weakens the case of the prosecution. absolved. In the case at bar, we find that the prosecution has not proved its case.

The testimony of Herminia Valencia about the single slipper that she found near or under the cabinet in the living room ISSUE/S:
where Eulalia Diamse was slain, can scarcely be regarded as conclusive evidence that such slipper was indeed one of Whether or not a dying declaration is admissible
the very same pair of slippers that she had given to appellant's wife, who was also the sister of Herminia's husband.
HELD:
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No, the Court in this case ACQUITTED the accused because his guilt has not been proved beyond reasonable doubt. extended by the accused to her family, and the latter because Segundina had already "consented to the amicable
settlement of the case." Despite this, the Department of Justice found the existence of a prima facie case based on the
A dying declaration is entitled to the highest credence on the theory that a person who knows he is on the verge of victim's ante mortem statement.
death is not likely to make a false accusation. However, the declaration, albeit presumably in good faith, may still be
based on an erroneous identification of the declarant's killer. The lower court convicted Amaca on the basis of the victim's ante mortem statement to Police Officer Mangubat
positively identifying accused. The dying declaration was deemed sufficient to overcome the accused’s defense of alibi.
If it is true that the victim did make the statement before she died, it should qualify as a dying declaration and so can However, due to the voluntary desistance of the victim's mother from further prosecuting the case, the court a quo
be considered an exception to the hearsay rule. Nonetheless, it cannot be automatically accepted as a truthful declined to make a finding on the civil liability of the appellant.
accusation and is still subject to the test of credibility.
ISSUES:
In the case at bar, it has been established by the testimonies of the Montes sisters that the resthouse was dark, if not,
indeed, completely dark. Like the other there girls who were sleeping with her, Marilyn could not possibly have seen 1. Whether or not offer of compromise is admissible against the accused
the person who was attacking her. At best, she could probably only surmise it was Dunig, but that was a most
uncertain identification. A surmise is not evidence. A man's honor and liberty cannot be forfeited because the victim 2. Whether or not the dying declaration of victim should be admitted
supposedly pointed to him as her killer although she could not possibly have seen the person who was stabbing her in DECISION:
the dark.
1.YES. The "financial help" when viewed as an offer of compromise may be deemed as additional proof to demonstrate
The evidence of the prosecution is a slender reed. It cannot sustain a conviction. The defense is weak, but the appellant's criminal liability. The victim's mother desisted from prosecuting the case in consideration of the "financial
prosecution is even weaker, based as it is mainly on the narration of the alleged eyewitnesses who claimed to have help" extended to her family by the accused-appellant.
seen the killing, one in total darkness and another in near total darkness that enabled her to see a shadow that passed
by her. The tales are implausible and so the Court cannot accept them. It is a well-settled rule that that the desistance of the victim's complaining mother does not bar the People from
prosecuting the criminal action, but it does operate as a waiver of the right to pursue civil indemnity. Hence, in
The following observations in People vs. Pecardal are appropriate: effectively waiving her right to institute an action to enforce the civil liability of accused-appellant, she also waived her
A life has been taken and justice demands that the wrong be redressed. But the same justice that calls for retribution right to be awarded any civil indemnity arising from the criminal prosecution. This waiver is bolstered by the fact that
cannot convict the prisoner at bar whose guilt has not been proved. Justitia est duplex, viz., severe puniens et vere neither she nor any private prosecutor in her behalf appealed the trial court's refusal to include a finding of civil
praeveniens. Even as this Court may punish, so too must it protect. Conceivably, the conviction of the accused- liability. But the heirs, if there are any may file an independent civil action to recover damages for the death of Wilson
appellant could add another victim in this case. Vergara.

Accordingly, the appealed decision is REVERSED and SET ASIDE. The accused-appellant is ACQUITTED and must be
released immediately. It is so ordered. 2.YES. The victim’s dying declaration is admissible.
PEOPLE VS AMACA A dying declaration is worthy of belief because it is highly unthinkable for one who is aware of his impending death to
FACTS: accuse, falsely or even carelessly, anyone of being responsible for his foreseeable demise. Indeed, "when a person is at
the point of death, every motive for falsehood is silenced and the mind is induced by the most powerful consideration
Accused Amaca and another known as “Ogang” were charged for shooting Wilson Vergara. During the trial, the to speak the truth." This is the rationale for this exception to the hearsay rule under Section 37, Rule 130 of the Rules
prosecution presented Dr. Edgar Pialago, a resident physician on duty when the victim was brought to the hospital of Court. The elements of such exception are: (1) the deceased made the declaration conscious of his impending death;
after the shooting. The doctor testified that he was able to attend to the victim who had undergone a surgical (2) the declarant would have been a competent witness had he survived; (3) the declaration concerns the cause and
operation conducted by another doctor. At that time, the major organs of the victim were no longer functioning surrounding circumstances of the declarant's death; (4) the declaration is offered in a criminal case where the
normally, while his pancreas was likewise injured due to the 2 gunshot wounds at his back. The victim was admitted at declarant's death is the subject of inquiry; and (5) the declaration is complete in itself. All these concur in the present
10:45PM but expired the following evening at 10PM. According to Dr. Pialago, even with immediate medical attention, case.
the victim could not survive the wounds he sustained. Another witness testified, PO Mangubat, a police officer , who
interviewed the victim (Wilson Vergara) right after the shooting. Mangubat testified that he saw the victim already on Finally, Police Officer Mangubat is presumed under the law to have regularly performed his duty. There is nothing in
board a Ford Fiera pick-up ready for transport to the hospital. He inquired from the victim about the incident, and the the circumstances surrounding his investigation of the crime which shows any semblance of irregularity or bias, much
former answered he was shot by Amaca and Ogang. Upon query why he was shot, the victim said he did not know the less an attempt to frame Amaca. Even the accused testified that he had no previous misunderstanding with Police
reason why he was shot. Upon being asked as to his condition, the victim said that he was about to die. He was able to Officer Mangubat and knew no reason why the latter would falsely testify against him.
reduce into writing the declaration of the victim and made latter affixed his thumb mark with the use of his own blood Declarant is a competent witness
in the presence of Wagner Cardenas, the brother of the City Mayor. Segundina Vergara, mother of the victim, and her
son-in-law Jose Lapera both desisted from further prosecution of the case. The former because of the "financial help"
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The serious nature of the victim's injuries did not affect his credibility as a witness since said injuries, as previously Dying declarations are admissible in evidence as an exception to the hearsay rule because of necessity and
mentioned, did not cause the immediate loss of his ability to perceive and to identify his shooter. trustworthiness. Necessity, because the declarant's death renders impossible his taking the witness stand, and it often
happens that there is no other equally satisfactory proof of the crime; and trustworthiness, for it is "made in extremity,
Homicide only not murder when the party is at the point of death and every hope of this world is gone; when every motive to falsehood is
Appellant may be held liable only for homicide since treachery was not alleged in the Information, while evident silenced, and the mind is induced by the most powerful consideration to speak the truth. We find no ulterior motive on
premeditation and night time, although duly alleged, were not satisfactorily proven. The Information readily reveals the part of Felicitas to fabricate the declarations of her husband.
that the killing was qualified only by evident premeditation. Treachery was not alleged in the information. It is Rule 130, Section 38- Declaration Against Interest
necessary to qualify the crime to murder. Treachery is an element of the crime. The Constitution requires that the PEOPLE VS BERNAL
accused must be informed of the "nature and cause of the accusation against him. “The failure to allege treachery in
the Information is a major lapse of the prosecution. Moreover, treachery and night time may not be considered even FACTS:
as generic aggravating circumstances, because there is nothing in the testimony of the prosecution witnesses to
convincingly show that the accused-appellant consciously and purposely adopted (1) such means of attack to render On August 5, 1991, around 11:30 in the morning, while Roberto Racasa and Openda, Jr. were engaged in a drinking
the victim defenseless and (2) the darkness of night to facilitate the commission of the crime, to prevent its discovery spree, they invited Bernal, who was passing by, to join them. After a few minutes, Bernal decided to leave both men.
or even evade capture. Thereafter, two men arrived, approached Openda, Jr., and asked the latter if he was Payat. When he said yes, one of
them suddenly pulled out a handgun while the other handcuffed him. They then hastily took him away. Racasa
PEOPLE VS SISON immediately went to the house of Openda, Jr. and informed the latters mother of the abduction. The theory of the
prosecution, as culled from the testimony of a certain Salito Enriquez, tends to establish that Openda, Jr. had an illicit
FACTS; affair with Bernals wife, Naty and this was the motive behind the formers kidnapping. Enriquez testified that
On January 21, 1992, an Information was filed with the Regional Trial Court (RTC), First Judicial Region, in Dagupan City, sometime in January 1991, Openda, Jr. confided to him that he and Bernals wife Naty were having an affair. One time,
Pangasinan, against appellants Sion and Disu and Johnny Juguilon, Edong Sion, Felix Sion alias "Ellet," and four (4) Naty even gave Openda, Jr. money which they used to pay for a motel room. He advised Naty not to do it again
unidentified persons (designated as John, Peter, Richard and Paul Doe), accusing them of the crime of murder. Since because she (was) a married woman. On December 10, 1993, the court rendered judgment finding Bernal guilty
only appellants Sion and Disu were arrested, the case proceeded against them only. Upon arraignment, both pleaded beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of kidnapping for the abduction and disappearance of BienvenidoOpenda, Jr.
not guilty to the charge and waived pre-trial. Cesar Abaoag, brother of the victim Fernando Abaoag, testified that he Bernal assails the lower court for giving weight and credence to the prosecution witnesses allegedly illusory
saw, among others, appellant Felipe Sion, who was near the victim, with a very sharp double bladed dagger, stabbed testimonies and for convicting him when his guilt was not proved beyond reasonable doubt.
Fernando, first on the left side just below the armpit, then on the left waistline and finally on the right side of the neck ISSUE:
below the jaw. Before he expired, Fernando managed to tell his wife "naalaak" which in English means "I was hit and
that his assailants were Felipe Sion, Miguel Disu, Edong Sion, Johnny Juguilon and Felix Sion. In defense, appellant Whether or not Openda’s declaration against his own interest be admissible in evidence
professed his innocence, claiming that it was his brother Edong Sion and Johnny Juguilon who stabbed the victim. They
both offered denial and alibi. The trial court found them guilty of murder qualified by treachery and cruelty. DECISION:

ISSUES Motive is generally irrelevant, unless it is utilized in establishing the identity of the perpetrator. Coupled with enough
circumstantial evidence or facts from which it may be reasonably inferred that the accused was the malefactor, motive
1.Whether or not there was a dying declaration may be sufficient to support a conviction. Openda, Jr.s revelation to Enriquez regarding his illicit relationship with
Bernals wife is admissible in evidence, pursuant to Section 38, Rule 130 of the Revised Rules on Evidence, viz.:
DECISION
Sec. 38. Declaration against interest. -- The declaration made by a person deceased, or unable to testify, against the
1.The trial court correctly characterized this as a "dying declaration,” having been made under the consciousness of interest of the declarant, if the fact asserted in the declaration was at the time it was made so far contrary to
impending death. The victim was already weak his wife saw him and he knew that he would not survive the injuries he declarant’s own interest, that a reasonable man in his position would not have made the declaration unless he
sustained; he even died a few minutes later while on the way to the hospital. When Felicitas saw her husband, he told believed it to be true, may be received in evidence against himself or his successors-in-interest and against third
her what had happened to him, who caused his injuries and that he did not expect to live, thus: persons.
We find these statements given by the victim to his wife to have met the requisites of a dying declaration under
Section 37 of Rule 130 of the Rules of Court, viz: (a) death is imminent and the declarant was conscious of that fact; (b)
the preliminary facts which bring the declaration within its scope must be made to appear; (c) the declaration relates With the deletion of the phrase pecuniary or moral interest from the present provision, it is safe to assume that
to the facts or circumstances pertaining to the fatal injury or death; and (d) the declarant would have been competent declaration against interest has been expanded to include all kinds of interest, that is, pecuniary, proprietary, moral or
to testify had he survived. even penal.

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A statement may be admissible when it complies with the following requisites, to wit: (1) that the declarant is dead or cross-examine the witnesses against them. The Commissioner may receive as evidence and use as proof of any fact in
unable to testify; (2) that it relates to a fact against the interest of the declarant; (3) that at the time he made said dispute the following matters, in addition to the sworn testimony at open hearing:
declaration the declarant was aware that the same was contrary to his aforesaid interest; and (4) that the declarant
had no motive to falsify and believed such declaration to be true. 1. Reports of attending examining physician.

Openda, Jr., having been missing since his abduction, cannot be called upon to testify. His confession to Enriquez, 2. Reports of investigators appointed by the Commissioner.
definitely a declaration against his own interest, since his affair with Naty Bernal was a crime, is admissible in 3. Reports of the employer, including copies of time sheets, book of accounts or other records.
evidence13 because no sane person will be presumed to tell a falsehood to his own detriment.
4. Hospital records in relation to the case.
NDC, vs. WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION COMMISSION and GERTRUDES LUCAS VDA. DE RAYMUNDO
In addition, section 44 establishes certain presumptions:
FACTS:
In any proceeding for the enforcement of the claim for compensation under this Act, it shall be presumed in the
On April 27, 1960, respondent Gertrudes Lucas Vda. de Raymundo filed a claim for workmen's compensation for the absence of substantial evidence to the contrary
death of her husband, Luis Raymundo, on January 23, 1954. In a complaint before Regional Office No. 3 of the
Department of Labor, she averred that her husband was employed at the National Development Co., petitioner in this 1. That the claim comes within the provisions of this Act;
case, for more than 12 years, his last designation being machine tender in the Finishing Department; that as machine
tender, Luis Raymundo's work consisted of lifting heavy loads, pushing a wagon loaded with dyed and wet cloth and 2. That sufficient notice thereof was given;
mixing chemicals for use in dyeing and printing textiles and that because of strenuous work done mostly at night and 3. That the injury was not occasioned by the willful intention of the injured employee to bring about the injury or death
because of exposure to sudden changes in temperature, her husband began to lose weight, complained of headaches of himself or another;
and chest pains and later spat blood. On account of poor health, Luis Raymundo retired from the service of petitioner
on May 6, 1953; eight months after (on January 23, 1954), he died of pulmonary tuberculosis. In due time, petitioner 4. That the injury did not result solely from intoxication of the injured employee while on duty; and
filed its answer denying liability. It alleged that Luis Raymundo never contracted tuberculosis while in its employ and
that at any rate "tuberculosis is not an occupational disease incident and/or peculiar to the work of the claimant and 5. That the contents of verified medical and surgical reports introduced in evidence by claimants for compensation are
that the claim was barred by prescription, the complaint having been filed beyond the three-month period provided in correct. (As added by sec. 24, Republic Act No. 772).
section 24 of the Workmen's Compensation Act.
Indeed, enactments of the type of section 49 were precisely aimed at the hearsay rule, for the rejection of hearsay
Hearings were held after which a decision was rendered ordering petitioner to pay to respondent. On review, this evidence, often of strong probative value, was one of the grievances of working people against the procedure of the
decision was affirmed by the Workmen's Compensation Commission. Subsequent attempt to have the award old employer's liability law.9 Not that hearsay evidence is adequate to support an award for compensation, but that as
reconsidered proved unsuccessful as the Commission en banc found nothing to warrant a modification, much less a aptly observed.
reversal, of its decision.
[A] compensation board which wants to avoid reversal on admissibility-of-evidence grounds can beat do so by
Petitioner contends, however, that both respondent's testimony as well as Exhibits should have been excluded, admitting everything and excluding nothing. It can be presumed to apply the appropriate discount to various kinds of
because the first is self-serving while the second are hearsays. Petitioner adds that while the death certificate (Exh. "E") hearsay, but it cannot be presumed to have reached a right result if some important piece of evidence which have
is admissible to prove the fact and date of death, it is not competent to prove the cause thereof. swayed the result has been erroneously excluded on technical grounds.

ISSUES: Here, aside from the evidence objected to, there is some other substantial evidence supporting the award. Aside from
respondent's testimony, there is in the record the testimony of BienvenidoDizon, a former co-employee of Luis
(1) whether the evidence presented by respondent is admissible to support an award in her favor; Raymundo. There is likewise evidence of the payment of gratuity to Raymundo on account of his illness.

(2) Whether the testimony and evidence are self-serving In addition, there is a presumption created by section 44 that Raymundo's illness was aggravated by the nature of his
employment and that Dr. Vito Cruz' affidavit that he treated Raymundo for tuberculosis is correct. This presumption is
3. whether the action has prescribed intended to reverse the burden of proof and make it the duty of petitioner, as employer, to establish by substantial
DECISION evidence, that the illness was not in fact aggravated by the nature of the job. Petitioner has failed to overcome the
evidence and presumptions in favor of respondent. It has chosen merely to rest its case on the statement of its medical
1. Section 49 of the Workmen's Compensation Act provides in part: officer that the deceased employee never met an accident while in its employment.

x xx all parties in interest shall have the right to be present at any hearing in person or by counsel or by any other agent 2.The right of a party to be present and give evidence as provided in section 49 would be meaningless if it did not
or representative, to present such testimony as may be pertinent to the controversy before the Commissioner and to include the right to testify in his own behalf. Indeed, the Rules of Court enjoins that "neither parties nor other, persons
interested in the outcome of a case shall be excluded." For while a party's interest may to some extent affect his
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credibility, his interest alone is not a ground for disregarding his testimony. The argument that the testimony of an The day after, at around 10:00 o'clock in the evening and upon instruction of Pfc. Alilam he together with some
interested party is self-serving and therefore is inadmissible in evidence misses the essential nature of self-serving Kalookan policemen accompanied the accused in retrieving the firearm whom the accused threw at the grassy area
evidence and the ground for its exclusion. Self-serving evidence is evidence made by a party out of court at one time; it particularly at the back of the latter's house; aside from the firearm they also recovered two (2) spent bullets and three
does not include a party's testimony as a witness in court. It is excluded on the same ground as any hearsay evidence, live ammunitions.
that is the lack of opportunity for cross-examination by the adverse party, and on the consideration that its admission
would open the door to fraud and to fabrication of testimony. On the other hand, a party's testimony in court is sworn Trial Court held the accused guilty of violation of P.D. 1866 and Murder qualified by treachery.
and affords the other party the opportunity for cross-examination. Issue:
Nor is there merit in the claim that the exhibits were erroneously admitted in evidence. While they may be hearsay by Whether or not the statement made by the accused-appellant to the wife of the victim immediately after the shooting
common law rules of evidence, they are nevertheless admissible under section 49 of the Act. Section 49 is patterned incident that he accidentally shot the victim is covered by the rule on res gestae.
after similar legislation in the United States, especially New York, where the widespread adoption of Workmen's
Compensation statutes was accompanied by a demand for a more simple and summary method of procedure and Held:
proof than those given by the common law. As noted in a leading article.
No. This is a misapplication of the rule in the instant case. Statements as part of the res gestae are among the
3.There are several reasons why petitioner cannot set up this defense. First, petitioner failed to controvert the claim, exceptions to the hearsay rule. The rule is that a witness "can testify only to those facts which he knows of or his own
which means that it cannot now be heard to say that the claim was not filed on time. Second, it paid gratuity to knowledge; that is, which are derived from his own perceptions. Accordingly, a testimony of a witness as to what he
Raymundo under a policy of retiring employees suffering from tuberculosis. Under this circumstance the delay in the heard other persons say about the facts in dispute cannot be admitted because it is hearsay evidence. There are,
filing of the claim is excused. Third, petitioner has shown no damage as a result of the delay in the filing of this case, however, exceptions to this rule. One of them is statements as part of the res gestae under Section 36 of Rule 130 of
another circumstance which, under section 27, excuses delay in filing claims. the Revised Rules of Court. The exceptions assume that the testimony offered is in fact hearsay; but it is to be admitted
in evidence. Under the aforesaid Section 36, statements may be deemed as part of the res gestae if they are made by a
Rule 130, Section 42- Part of the Res Gestae person while a startling occurrence is taking place or immediately prior or subsequent thereto with respect to the
G.R. No. 89823 June 19, 1991 circumstances thereof. Statements accompanying an equivocal act material to the issue and giving it a legal
PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee, significance may also be received as part of the res gestae.

vs. In the instant case, however, the questioned testimony of the wife of the victim is not hearsay. She testified on what
the accused-appellant told her, not what any other party, who cannot be cross-examined, told her. The accused-
EUTROPIO TIOZON y ACID, accused-appellant. appellant's statement was an "oral confession", not a part of res gestae, which he can easily deny if it were not true,
which he did in this case.
Facts:
Moreover, even assuming that the testimony of the wife of the victim on the alleged statement of the accused-
On February 24, 1989, 11 o'clock in the evening, while Rosalina Magat vda. de Bolima and her husband were sleeping appellant is hearsay, the latter is barred from questioning its admission due to his failure to object thereto at the time
inside their house in Kalookan City, they were awakened by the loud knocks on their door; Her husband opened the the testimony was given. The transcript of the stenographic notes of the testimony of Rosalina Magat vda. de Bolima,
door and they saw that the person who was knocking was their "Pareng Troping", accused herein; her husband invited wife of the victim, clearly shows the absence of an objection.
the accused, who appeared to be very drunk, to come inside their house; once inside their house, accused sat down
and the two (accused and victim) exchanged pleasantries; she even saw the accused showing a gun to her husband and Ruling:
the latter even toyed with it; she got irritated by her husband's playing with the gun, so she took a few steps away
from the two, however, when she looked back to the place where her husband and the accused was, she found out The trial court duly established and constitute an unbroken chain which leads to one fair and reasonable conclusion
that the two had already left; five minutes later and/or after she had heard two successive gunshots, she heard that the accused-appellant, and no other else, shot and killed the victim. Based on the testimonies of Rosalina Magat
accused knocking at their door and at the same time informing her that he accidentally shoot (sic) her husband, "Mare, vda. de Bolima, wife of the victim; Pat. Orlando Valencia of the Kalookan Police Force, NBI Ballistician Ernie Magtibay.
mare, nabaril ko si Pare, hindi ko sinasadya" she got scared by the appearance of the accused who was full of Despite, failure to evidence or substantiate illegal possession and treachery. There being no proof that accused-
bloodstains so she pushed him away from her; she immediately went to her sister-in-law Marilyn Bolima and both of appellant had no license to possess the firearm in question, he could not be convicted for illegal possession of a
them proceeded to the house of the accused; thereat, they saw the victim lying with his face up; she took her firearm. And no witness could have seen how the deceased was shot was presented to prove treachery.
husband's pulse and when she still felt some warmth on his body, she sought help that her husband be brought to the WHEREFORE, judgment is hereby rendered MODIFYING the subject decision of the trial court, and as Modified,
hospital; accused extended his help by helping them in carrying the victim towards the main road, however, after a few FINDING the accused-appellant EUTROPIO TIOZON Y ACID guilty beyond all reasonable doubt of the crime of
steps, he changed his mind and put down the victim; accused reasoned out that the victim was already dead; she HOMICIDE. SENTENCED to suffer an indeterminate penalty of imprisonment ranging from EIGHT YEARS AND ONE DAY
pushed the accused and even without the latter's help, they were able to reach the main road; afterwhich, some of her of prision mayor, as Minimum, to FOURTEEN YEARS, EIGHT MONTHS AND ONE DAY of reclusion temporal as
neighbors arrived bringing with them lights; thereafter, Kalookan policemen arrived and so she caused the arrest of the Maximum, with the accessory penalties.
accused; she spent about P100,000.00 in connection with burial and wake of her husband.

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G.R. No. L-13288 June 30, 1960 ANTHONY MELCHOR PALMONES, ANTHONY BALTAZAR PALMONES, accused-appellants.

THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, Facts:

vs. In the evening of April 27, 1997, SP02 Asim Mamansal and Alicia Villamor and her two helpers went home to Alicias
house in Magsaysay when the former was shot. Alex Siago, a barangay kagawad, testified that he was one of the first
JOSE NARANJA, Defendant-Appellant. persons to go to the victim after the latter was shot. Patricio Fuertes and Samuel Angelio then brought the victim to
Facts: the hospital where the victim conversed with Sonny Boy Redovan, nephew of the victim; Dr. Hazel Mark Aguayo, the
surgeon; Police Inspector Alexander Camilon-Tagum; Mila Arimao Mamansal, the wife of the victim, Asmyra
In the afternoon of December 28, 1956 at night, in barrio Caraol-Malimpin, municipality of Dasol, province of Mamansal, daughter of the victim.
Pangasinan, Philippines, while Maria Diaz was pounding rice in her yard, the accused arrived and was thereupon told
by her to stop coming to her house because her husband (the deceased) knew that she and the accused had been Sonny Boy Redovan, Police Inspector Alexander Camilon-Tagum alleged that SP02 Asim Mamansal (deceased) revealed
carrying on illicit relations; that the accused had asked her to leave her husband and, as she refused, he indicated that hhis assailants to them before his death.
he would seek means to separate her from her husband; that before leaving in that afternoon of December 28, 1956, Trial court convicted the accused of murder qualified by treachery.
the accused told her to wait for him in the evening; that, when she required about this purpose, the accused answered
that he would kill his compadre (the deceased) who was then harvesting palay in the farm; that in the evening of Issue:
December 28, 1956, as the dogs were barking, her husband went out of the house and proceeded to the place where
there was stocks of palay; that, becoming impatient for her husband's return, she went to the kitchen where she saw Whether or not the alleged dying declaration of Asim Mamansal as an exception to the hearsay rule as part of res
the accused at the stairs; that the accused confessed to her that he had killed her husband whose dead body she ought gestae.
to take and bury; that cautioning her not to tip anyone, the accused informed that her husband lay dead at the creek Held:
east of the house; that she awakened her mother and children and told them about the occurrence; that, upon advice
of her mother, she requested her neighbors, Santiago Balderas and one surname Baraan, to help her bring her No. Neither may the alleged statements attributed to the victim be admissible as part of the res gestae. Res gestae
husband's body to the house. refers to those exclamations and statements made by either the participants, victims, or spectators to a crime
immediately before, during, or immediately after the commission of a crime, when the circumstances are such that the
Trial court convicted the accused of murder qualified by treachery and evident premeditation, with intent to kill and statements were made as a spontaneous reaction or utterance inspired by the excitement of the occasion and there
armed with a blunt instrument, did, then and there, willfully, unlawfully and feloniously assault, attack, and beat to was no opportunity for the declarant to deliberate and to fabricate a false statement.58
death one MAMERTO SIGNEY, alias Berto, with the use of the said blunt instrument.
In order to admit statements as evidence part of the res gestae, the element of spontaneity is critical.1âwphi1 The
Issue: following factors have generally been considered in determining whether statements offered in evidence as part of the
Whether or not confession of the accused to Maria Diaz is strong evidence falling under the res gestae rule. res gestae have been made spontaneously: (1) the time that lapsed between the occurrence of the act or transaction
and the making of the statement; (2) the place where the statement was made; (3) the condition of the declarant
Held: when he made the statement; (4) the presence or absence of intervening events between the occurrence and the
statement relative thereto; and (5) the nature and circumstances of the statement itself.59
Yes. Maria Diaz made reference to what the accused intended to do with the deceased; and the implementation of his
evil design is borne out by the actual and physical facts of the case. The testimony of Santiago Balderas to the effect Tested against these factors to test the spontaneity of the statements attributed to the victim, we rule that these
that, when Maria Diaz came to his house for help, she told him that her husband was dead and could be found at a statements fail to qualify as part of the res gestae. When Mamansal allegedly uttered the statements attributed to
certain place, amply proves the fact of the crime as confessed by the accused. The presence of the bluish black spot at him, an appreciable amount of time had already elapsed from the time that he was shot as the victim was shot at
the nape of the deceased, Mamerto Signey, and the opinion of Dr. Valera that a blow delivered right on the medulla around 10:00 p.m. but he only uttered the statements attributed to him about 30 minutes to an hour later. Moreover,
oblongata could have caused instantaneous death, confirm the admission of the accused to Maria Diaz. he allegedly made these statements not at the scene of the crime but at the hospital where he was brought for
treatment. Likewise, the trip from the scene of the crime to the hospital constituted an intervening event that could
Ruling: have afforded the victim opportunity for deliberation. These circumstances, taken together, indubitably show that the
Wherefore, the decision appealed from is affirmed with costs against the accused. So ordered. statements allegedly uttered by Mamansal lack the requisite spontaneity in order for these to be admitted as part of
the res gestae.
G.R. No. 136303 July 18, 2000
Ruling:
THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee,
WHEREFORE, premises considered, the judgment dated 8 May 1998 of Branch 17 of the Regional Trial Court of
vs. Kidapawan, Cotabato is hereby REVERSED and SET ASIDE. Accused-appellants Anthony Melchor Palmones and Anthony

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Baltazar Palmones are ACQUITTED and ordered RELEASED from confinement unless they are being held for some other No. The extrajudicial statements of an accused implicating a co-accused may not be utilized against the latter, unless
legal grounds. these are repeated in open court. If the accused never had the opportunity to cross-examine his co-accused on the
latter's extrajudicial statements, it is elementary that the same are hearsay as against said accused. That is exactly the
G.R. No. 119005 December 2, 1996 situation, and the disadvantaged plight of appellants, in the case at bar.
PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee, Extreme caution should be exercised by the courts in dealing with the confession of an accused which implicates his co-
vs. accused. A distinction, obviously, should be made between extrajudicial and judicial confessions. The former deprives
the other accused of the opportunity to cross-examine the confessant, while in the latter his confession is thrown wide
SABAS RAQUEL, VALERIANO RAQUEL and AMADO PONCE, accused. open for cross-examination and rebuttal.

SABAS RAQUEL and VALERIANO RAQUEL, accused-appellants. Extrajudicial statements made during custodial investigation without the assistance of counsel are inadmissible and
cannot be considered in the adjudication of the case. While the right to counsel may be waived, such waiver must be
Facts: made with the assistance of counsel. 21 These rights, both constitutional and statutory in source and foundation, were
At midnight of July 4, 1986, the spouses Juliet and Agapito Gambalan, Jr. Thinking of a neighbor in need, Agapito never observed.
attended to the person knocking at the backdoor of their kitchen. Much to his surprise, heavily armed men emerged at While admittedly the alibi of appellants may be assailable, the evidence of the prosecution is probatively low in
the door, declared a hold-up and fired their guns at him. substance and evidentiarily barred in part. The prosecution cannot use the weakness of the defense to enhance its
Juliet went out of their room after hearing gunshots and saw her husband's lifeless (sic) while a man took her case; it must rely on the strength of its own evidence. In fact, alibi need not be inquired into where the prosecution's
husband's gun and left hurriedly. evidence is weak.

She shouted for help at their window and saw a man fall beside their water pump while two (2) other men ran away. Prosecution failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt the real identities of the perpetrators of, much less the
participation of herein appellants in, the crime charged.
George Jovillano responded to Juliet's plea for help. He reported the incident to the police. The police came and found
one of the perpetrators of the crime wounded and lying at about 8 meters from the victim's house. He was identified The lone eyewitness, Juliet Gambalan, was not able to identify the assailants of her husband.
as Amado Ponce. Even the corroborating witness, George Jovillano, who was drinking nearby when the three assailants passed about 5
Amado Ponce was first treated at a clinic before he was brought to the police station. meters away, made no mention or identification on who shot Agapito Gambalan.

Amado Ponce revealed to P/Sgt. Andal S. Pangato that appellants Sabas and Valeriano Raquel were the perpetrators of Ruling:
the crime and that they may be found in their residence. However, the police failed to find them there since appellants WHEREFORE, on reasonable doubt, the appealed judgment is REVERSED and accused-appellants Sabas Raquel and
fled immediately after the shooting incident. Valeriano Raquel are hereby ACQUITTED of the offense charged, with costs de oficio.
Appellants were later on apprehended on different occasions.

Upon arraignment thereafter, all the accused pleaded not guilty. While trial was in progress, however, and before he
could give his testimony, accused Amado Ponce escaped from jail.

Trail court convicted the accused-appellants of robbery with homicide sentenced them to suffer the penalty of
reclusion perpetua, to pay the heirs.

Not satisfied therewith, herein appellants filed a notice of appeal wherein they manifested that they were appealing
the decision to the Court of Appeals. 7 The lower court ordered the transmittal of the records of the case to the Court
of Appeals. 8 In view of the penalty imposed, the Court of Appeals properly forwarded the same to the SC.

Issue:

Whether or not the identification of herein appellants as the culprits was based chiefly on the extrajudicial statement
of accused Amado Ponce pointing to them as his co-perpetrators of the crime falls under the exception of the hearsay
rule and therefore be admitted as evidence against the appellants.

Held:
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