[G.R. No. L-1747. February 16, 1950.]
THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MANAUL KOMAYOG, Defendant-Appellant.
Ignacio Fernandez, for Appellant.
First Assistant Solicitor General Roberto A. Gianzon and Solicitor Ramon L. Avanceña for Appellee.
1. CRIMINAL LAW; MURDER; EVIDENCE; SUFFICIENCY OF PROOFS AS TO IDENTITY OF THE ACCUSED. — The three principal government witnesses’ testimony is cogent and convincing in its details. The crime was committed in broad daylight and no question of mistaken identity or improper motive is involved. Neither of the two eye-witnesses for the government had any reason to pin the blame on the father of the herein appellant instead of on his son if the latter was really the author of the crime. Ignacio Fernandez, for Appellant.
D E C I S I O N
Manaul Komayog was prosecuted in the Court of First Instance of Lanao, charged with murder together with Mama Manaul, his son, who was acquitted. The court found against Manaul Komayog and sentenced him to reclusion perpetua, to indemnify the heirs of the deceased in the sum of P2,000, and to pay one-half of the costs
Kasan Bongcarawan was shot in the stomach as he was busy working on his farm, and died from the effects of the wound. The prosecution says Manaul Komayog killed the now deceased; the defense says Mama Manaul did
Sambatara Malomalo, a school teacher, testifies that on June 22, 1946, as he was walking to the market in Alog he heard "a firing" ; he thinks he heard two shots. When he turned his head in the direction where the shots came from, he saw Manaul Komayog eject empty shells from his rifle, and flee with his companions, who were Mama Manaul, Pindugar Atoy, Malican Pagalad and another man whose name he could not remember. They ran towards barrio Calantai where there was a kota. When Kasan Bongcarawan was shot, Manaul Komayog was less than 200 meters from him (witness), and the distance between him and Kasan Bongcarawan was less than 200 meters. He hurried towards the injured man to help him and found a big wound on the right side of the stomach. When he reached the place where Kasan fell, two men, he thinks, were already there, Arimao Tugaso and Dimanang Dida-ogon.
Arimao Tugaso testifies that between 7 and 8 o’clock in the morning he was on his farm planting rice. He saw Mama Manaul and Manaul Komayog walking along the river bank followed by three other persons. When they reached the creek, Komayog fired twice at Kasan Bongcarawan. He, witness, was about seven brazas from Manaul Komayog when the latter opened fire, while the distance separating him and Kasan was more than ten brazas. He did not see anybody else shoot. Mama Manaul, who was also carrying a firearm, was beside his father but the witness did not see Mama use his gun. After shooting Kasan Bongcarawan, Manaul Komayog shouted, "Let us run away. I hit," and Komayog and his companions sped away towards Calantai where there was a kota. Witness and three others carried Kasan to his house.
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Pendugar Ontong, mentioned by Malomalo as one of the men who was in the company of the defendants and who was discharged on motion of the prosecution in the Justice of the peace court, said that on the morning of June 22, 1946, he was in Kilausan, in the house of Vice-Mayor Mendir, where he lived. Asked what happened on that date, he answered, "The one who went to the scene said that Kasan was killed by Mama Manaul.
Maulod Bongo, another of the men said to have been with the defendants, was put on the stand but was withdrawn when the fiscal admitted what the witness was going to say, namely, that the complaint against him had been dismissed by the justice of the peace on motion of the prosecuting officer.
Macapangkat Pasaulan testifies that he knew Manaul Komayog; that on June 22, 1946, in the morning, he was in the market at Alog in company with Manaul Komayog, who, he said, had met him on the way and told him, Macapangkat, wait for me!" ; that at the market, he and Komayog bought "carabao" and tobacco; that when they were bargaining for carabao "a certain fellow arrived and shouted that Mama Manaul, son of Manaul Komayog, killed somebody" ; that upon hearing the news, he and Manaul Komayog, upon his suggestion, went home and "saw a group of people near our home. So, we thought that perhaps it was true that Mama had killed someone."cralaw virtua1aw library
Anter Anderike testifies that he was a tobacco dealer; that on Saturday, June 22, 1946, in the market at Alog, he sold tobacco to Komayog and Macapangkat and heard people say that Mama had shot Kasan.
Mama Manaul, 14 years old, testifies that he killed Kasan Bongcarawan with a revolver because Bongcarawan approached him when he was working on the land of his father telling him, "You get out, boy, from our land. Don’t work there" ; that Bongcarawan also said, "Are you not going to vacate our land, or I will kill you?" ; that he did not heed Bongcarawan’s threat and the deceased fired at him with a revolver; that he was not hit and he drew his own revolver and returned the fire; that he did not know where he hit Pongcarawan because he ran away after firing at the deceased; that when he ran he threw the revolver away because he was afraid; that Manaul Komayog was not with him, having gone to the market at Alog.
Manaul Komayog testifies that Mama Manaul shot and killed Kasan Bongcarawan; that he was in the market at Alog when that incident happened, having heard of it only in the market.
We are satisfied beyond doubt that Manaul Komayog was the killer. The three principal government witnesses’ testimony is Gogent and convincing in its details. The crime was committed in broad daylight and no question of mistaken identity or improper motive is involved. Neither of the two eye-witnesses for the government had any reason to pin the blame on the father instead of on his son if the latter was really the author of the crime.
The cause of the trouble was the fact that Kasan was tilling the land Komayog claimed to be his property. Barely 13 years old and single handed, Mama Manaul would not likely have challenged or defied the deceased. It is admitted that the latter was peacefully working on his farm and did not seek the fight. Furthermore, no firearm appears to have been found on Kasan’s person or near him after he was shot, and no question was asked the prosecution witnesses by the defense counsel about such matter. The reason why Mama Manaul assumed full responsibility to the exclusion of his father is easy to imagine. Being below 14 when the crime was committed, he could claim exemption from criminal liability if pronounced to have acted without discernment. The alternative was confinement in a reformatory school. This, Mama Manaul admitted in court, he understood.
The judgment of the lower court is affirmed with costs Of this instance.
Moran, C.J., Ozaeta, Paras, Pablo, Bengzon, Padilla, Montemayor, Reyes and Torres, JJ., concur.
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