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  • A.M. No. MTJ-00-1279 March 1, 2001 - ALICIA GONZALES-DECANO v. ORLANDO ANA F. SIAPNO

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  • G.R. No. 112092 March 1, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ROBERT NUÑEZ

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  • G.R. No. 135945 March 7, 2001 - UNITED RESIDENTS OF DOMINICAN HILL v. COMM. ON THE SETTLEMENT OF LAND PROBLEMS

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  • G.R. Nos. 137481-83 & 138455 March 7, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. CONRADO SALADINO

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  • A.M. No. MTJ-00-1297 March 7, 2001 - JOSEFINA BANGCO v. RODOLFO S. GATDULA

  • A.M. No. MTJ-00-1329 March 8, 2001 - HERMINIA BORJA-MANZANO v. ROQUE R SANCHEZ

  • G.R. No. 122611 March 8, 2001 - NAPOLEON H. GONZALES v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 125901 March 8, 2001 - EDGARDO A. TIJING, ET AL. v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 130378 March 8, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ARNEL MATARO, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 134279 March 8, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. RICKY ROGER AUSTRIA

  • G.R. Nos. 135234-38 March 8, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ALEJANDRO GUNTANG

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  • G.R. No. 138774 March 8, 2001 - REGINA FRANCISCO, ET AL v. AIDA FRANCISCO-ALFONSO

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  • G.R. No. 140713 March 8, 2001 - ROSA YAP PARAS, ET AL. v. ISMAEL O. BALDADO

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  • G.R. Nos. 140619-24 March 9, 2001 - BENEDICTO E. KUIZON, ET AL. v. ANIANO A. DESIERTO

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  • G.R. No. 128372 March 12, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. REMEGIO DELA PEÑA

  • G.R. Nos. 130634-35 March 12, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. MANOLITO OYANIB

  • G.R. No. 131889 March 12, 2001 - VIRGINIA O. GOCHAN, ET AL. v. RICHARD G. YOUNG, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 136738 March 12, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. EFREN VALEZ

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  • G.R. Nos. 140011-16 March 12, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. EUSTAQUIO MORATA

  • A.M. No. P-01-1464 March 13, 2001 - SALVADOR O. BOOC v. MALAYO B. BANTUAS

  • G.R. No. 103073 March 13, 2001 - REPUBLIC OF THE PHIL. v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 131530 March 13, 2001 - Y REALTY CORP. v. SANDIGANBAYAN, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 136594 March 13, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. JOEL CANIEZO

  • G.R. No. 139405 March 13, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ARTURO F. PACIFICADOR

  • A.M. No. RTJ-00-1530 March 14, 2001 - EDGARDO ALDAY, ET AL. v. ESCOLASTICO U. CRUZ

  • G.R. Nos. 116001 & 123943 March 14, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. LUISITO GO

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  • G.R. Nos. 130515 & 147090 March 14, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ANSELMO BARING

  • G.R. Nos. 134451-52 March 14, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. REYNALDO FRETA

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  • G.R. No. 138045 March 14, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. MARIETTA PATUNGAN, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 139300 March 14, 2001 - AMIGO MANUFACTURING v. CLUETT PEABODY CO.

  • G.R. No. 102985 March 15, 2001 - RUBEN BRAGA CURAZA v. NLRC, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 133480 March 15, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. FLORANTE AGUILUZ

  • G.R. Nos. 135201-02 March 15, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. FLORENCIO FRANCISCO

  • G.R. No. 141616 March 15, 2001 - CITY OF QUEZON v. LEXBER INCORPORATED

  • G.R. No. 116847 March 16, 2001 - MANUFACTURERS BUILDING v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 128083 March 16, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. RODOLFO M. HILARIO

  • G.R. No. 128922 March 16, 2001 - ELEUTERIA B. ALIABO, ET AL. v. ROGELIO L. CARAMPATAN, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 129070 March 16, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. NELLIE CABAIS

  • G.R. No. 131544 March 16, 2001 - EPG CONSTRUCTION CO., ET AL. v. GREGORIO R. VIGILAR

  • G.R. No. 135047 March 16, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. RICARDO CACHOLA, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 137282 March 16, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ALFREDO ALIPAR

  • G.R. Nos. 137753-56 March 16, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL v. NILO ARDON

  • A.M. No. 01-1463 March 20, 2001 - EVELYN ACUÑA v. RODOLFO A. ALCANTARA

  • A.M. No. MTJ-00-1306 March 20, 2001 - ROBERT M. VISBAL v. RODOLFO C. RAMOS

  • A.M. No. P-97-1241 March 20, 2001 - DINNA CASTILLO v. ZENAIDA C. BUENCILLO

  • G.R. Nos. 105965-70 March 20, 2001 - GEORGE UY v. SANDIGANBAYAN, ET AL

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  • G.R. No. 130663 March 20, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL v. ANGELES STA. TERESA

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  • G.R. No. 140356 March 20, 2001 - DOLORES FAJARDO v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 140919 March 20, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. BUTCH BUCAO LEE

  • G.R. No. 142476 March 20, 2001 - REPUBLIC OF THE PHIL. v. SANDIGANBAYAN

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  • G.R. No. 127772 March 22, 2001 - ROBERTO P. ALMARIO v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. Nos. 133815-17 March 22, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. EDGARDO LIAD, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 134972 March 22, 2001 - ERNESTO CATUNGAL, ET AL. v. DORIS HAO

  • A.M. No. P-01-1469 March 26, 2001 - ROEL O. PARAS v. MYRNA F. LOFRANCO

  • A.M. No. RTJ-01-1624 March 26, 2001 - REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE RELATIVE TO SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS NO. 28

  • A.M. No. 99-731-RTJ March 26, 2001 - HILARIO DE GUZMAN v. DEODORO J. SISON

  • G.R. Nos. 102407-08 March 26, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. EDMUNDO LUCERO

  • G.R. No. 121608 March 26, 2001 - FLEISCHER COMPANY v. NLRC, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 121902 March 26, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. WALTER MELENCION

  • G.R. No. 125865 March 26, 2001 - JEFFREY LIANG v. PEOPLE OF THE PHIL.

  • G.R. No. 129916 March 26, 2001 - MAGELLAN CAPITAL MNGT. CORP., ET AL. v. ROLANDO M. ZOSA, ET AL.

  • G.R. Nos. 131638-39 March 26, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. LORETO MEDENILLA

  • G.R. No. 131653 March 26, 2001 - ROBERTO GONZALES v. NLRC, ET AL

  • G.R. No. 133475 March 26, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ERNESTO MONTEJO

  • G.R. No. 134903 March 26, 2001 - UNICRAFT INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL CORP., ET AL. v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 136790 March 26, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. MANUEL GALVEZ

  • G.R. No. 137268 March 26, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. EUTIQUIA CARMEN, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 137590 March 26, 2001 - FLORENCE MALCAMPO-SIN v. PHILIPP T. SIN

  • G.R. No. 137739 March 26, 2001 - ROBERTO B. TAN v. PHIL. BANKING CORP., ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 137889 March 26, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ROMEO DELOS SANTOS

  • G.R. No. 142950 March 26, 2001 - EQUITABLE PCI BANK v. ROSITA KU

  • G.R. Nos. 147066 & 147179 March 26, 2001 - AKBAYAN - Youth, ET AL. v. COMELEC, ET AL.

  • A.M. No. 00-7-09-CA March 27, 2001 - IN RE: DEMETRIO G. DEMETRIA

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  • G.R. No. 137989 March 27, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. SONNY MATIONG, ET AL.

  • A.M. No. MTJ-01-1357 March 28, 2001 - MONFORT HERMANOS AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CORP. v. ROLANDO V. RAMIREZ

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  • G.R. No. 100701 March 28, 2001 - PRODUCERS BANK OF THE PHIL. v. NLRC, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 101442 March 28, 2001 - JOSE ANGELES v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL

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  • G.R. No. 112314 March 28, 2001 - VICENTE R. MADARANG v. SANDIGANBAYAN, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 117964 March 28, 2001 - PLACIDO O. URBANES, JR. v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 122216 March 28, 2001 - ALJEM’S CORPORATION v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

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  • G.R. No. 136965 March 28, 2001 - UNIVERSITY OF THE PHIL. v. SEGUNDINA ROSARIO

  • G.R. No. 137660 March 28, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. CARLOS L. ALCANTARA

  • G.R. No. 137932 March 28, 2001 - CHIANG YIA MIN v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 138474 March 28, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. FORTUNATO BALANO

  • G.R. Nos. 139571-72 March 28, 2001 - ROGER N. ABARDO v. SANDIGANBAYAN

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  • G.R. No. 142007 March 28, 2001 - MANUEL C. FELIX v. ENERTECH SYSTEMS INDUSTRIES, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 143173 March 28, 2001 - PEDRO ONG, ET AL. v. SOCORRO PAREL, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 144169 March 28, 2001 - KHE HONG CHENG v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 131836 March 30, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. MELITA SINCO, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. 137564 March 30, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. DOMINADOR DOMENDED

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  • G.R. No. 140311 March 30, 2001 - DENNIS T. GABIONZA v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL

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    G.R. Nos. 133815-17   March 22, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. EDGARDO LIAD, ET AL.

     
    PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

    FIRST DIVISION

    [G.R. Nos. 133815-17. March 22, 2001.]

    PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. EDGARDO LIAD y BEIGAR and JUN VALDERAMA y CASPE, Accused-Appellants.

    D E C I S I O N


    KAPUNAN, J.:


    On the night of February 28, 1996, at around 7:00 in the evening, Lydia Cuenca was driving her Tamaraw FX along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. Immediately behind the FX in his own vehicle was Lydia’s husband Manuel. Seated beside Manuel in the car was the latter’s employee, Larry Buseron. Manuel and Larry had just come from the store and were on a convoy with Lydia on their way home.

    Upon reaching the corner of Don Enrique Subdivision and Commonwealth Avenue, Lydia made a full stop to make a U-turn. Three (3) men then approached her vehicle, banging on the door to force it to open. Unsuccessful, the man on the left of the vehicle pulled out a gun and pulled the trigger, hitting one of the windows as well as Lydia’s left shoulder. One of the men also shot the other side of the vehicle but it hit Manuel’s car instead. Still unable to open the FX’s door, one of the men broke the window of the right door using the butt of a gun.

    Finally succeeding, the men boarded the vehicle. Manuel heard another shot which hit his wife’s nape. Manuel bumped the rear of the FX, hoping to startle the culprits. The bump did not startle them as Manuel hoped. The men sped off aboard the FX, heading north with Lydia. The whole incident took around five (5) to ten (10) minutes.

    Manuel got out of the car and tried to pursue the FX. Larry Buseron also wanted to help but could not get out of the car, which was locked. Manuel went back to his car to follow the FX. Alas, his car broke down. Manuel ordered Larry to go back to their store, presumably owned by Manuel, and get help. Manuel for his part rushed to another store around a hundred meters away also to ask for help. The people in the store went to the police station to report the hold-up. Manuel went home to get another car and catch up with the FX.

    In the meantime, Larry did not find anyone in their store so he went to the police station by himself. A police officer told him that they would have to talk to Mr. Cuenca. Larry said he would look for him.

    Larry returned to the scene of the crime but did not find Manuel there. Larry waited and looked after the car. After several minutes, Manuel arrived and instructed Larry to watch over the vehicle. He informed Larry that Mrs. Cuenca was at Ilang-Ilang Street.

    Meanwhile at Police Station 6, Commonwealth Avenue, the desk officer, SPO Bernarte, received a telephone call from a concerned citizen informing them that a robbery-hold-up was in progress along Commonwealth Avenue. The desk officer immediately dispatched SPO4 Raul Espejon, SPO1 Ricardo Inamac, SPO2 Faustino and SPO1 Diaz. Before they could leave the police station, however, their office received another report from Batasan Hills Barangay Captain Arturo Ison regarding the same incident.

    The police thus proceeded to Commonwealth Avenue and Ilang-Ilang Street where they saw the victim, Lydia Cuenca, lying on the front door of the Tamaraw FX. SPO4 Diaz and SPO1 Faustino brought the victim to the hospital while the rest of the force proceeded to the Trans-World Compound along Filinvest Road, about 400 yards from Ilang-Ilang Street. A security guard as well as members of the barangay commando informed them that the three suspects were in the compound.

    Upon approaching the suspects, the police were met with a barrage of gunfire. The police returned fire. The exchange lasted a few minutes until one of the suspects, a certain "Baeng," was hit. Baeng sprawled to the ground, still holding his .38 calibre paltik. Accused-appellants, who were hiding behind the banana plants, then surrendered to the police.

    SPO4 Espejon immediately apprehended accused-appellant Jun Valderama and disarmed him of his .38 calibre paltik revolver. He also recovered Baeng’s gun.

    SPO1 Inamac arrested the other accused-appellant, Edgardo Liad, and confiscated the latter’s firearm, likewise a .38 paltik revolver. SPO1 Inamac also recovered the victim’s jewelry and wallet, which was pointed to by Liad. The victim’s bag was wedged in the trunk of a banana plant. The police brought the accused-appellants to the police station while Baeng, who was gasping for breath, was rushed to the Fairview Hospital.

    Back at Commonwealth Avenue, Manuel came upon his wife’s FX at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Ilang-Ilang Street, abandoned and bloody. A horde of people milled around the vehicle. Manuel asked them where the victim was and a police officer informed him that she was rushed to the Fairview Hospital. Manuel proceeded to the hospital and arrived there only to find his wife of 30 years already dead. She was 53.

    Suddenly, a wounded person accompanied by a police officer arrived at the hospital. Manuel recognized him as one of the hold-uppers. He asked one of the police officers what the man’s name was. The police officers told him that, per reference to the man’s ID, the man’s name was "Baeng." Five (5) to ten (10) minutes later, Baeng, too, breathed his last.

    Manuel headed to the police station where he recognized the two other persons who accosted his wife in police custody. A police officer showed Manuel the articles they recovered from the perpetrators, including Lydia’s blue shoulder bag, cash amounting to more than P15,000.00, pieces of jewelry, bank books, calling cards, ATM cards and other personal items.

    Dr. Alvin David, Medico-Legal Officer of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), conducted an autopsy on the victim’s remains. From the examination, Dr. David concluded that a gunshot wound was the victim’s cause of death. He found two gunshot wounds, one located at the posterior chest at the back of the victim and the second on the victim’s left arm. The second gunshot wound exhibited an area of tattooing, leading Dr. David to deduce that the muzzle of the gun must have been less than 36 inches from the victim. Both wounds were fatal. Dr. David’s findings are embodied in Autopsy Report No. N-96-42. 1

    Elmer Nelson Piedad, also of the NBI, conducted a ballistic examination on the two (2) bullets recovered by Dr. David on the victim’s body. His findings and conclusions are contained in Report No. FID-123-92-29-96 (N-96-458) dated March 6, 1996:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    1. To determine the caliber and type of firearm from which the evidence bullets marked "LD-1" and "LD-2" were fired.

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    a. Evidence marked "LD-1" is a deformed caliber .38 lead bullet and was fired through the barrel of a caliber .38 firearm with riflings twisting to the right.

    b. Evidence marked "LD-2" is deformed caliber .38 copper coated lead bullet and was fired from a caliber .38 firearm. No determination could be made as to the type of firearm from which it was fired due to its deformed and scratched conditions.

    2. Comparative examinations made between the evidence bullets marked "LD-1" and "LD-2" revealed that evidence bullet marked "LD-2" does not possess sufficient individual characteristics markings that could be used as basis for a definite identification due to its deformed and scratched conditions. 2

    Accused-appellants Edgar Liad and Jun Valderama were subsequently charged before the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City with Robbery with Homicide, defined and punished by Article 293 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, in relation to Article 294 thereof. The information in Criminal Case No. Q-96-65118 reads:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    That on or about the 28th day of February, 1996, in Quezon City, Philippines, the above-named accused, with intent to kill, did then and there, wilfully, unlawfully, and feloniously assault, attack and employ personal violence upon the person of LYDIA DY-CUENCA in the following manner, to wit: on the date and in the place aforementioned while herein victim was driving her Tamaraw FX bearing plate No. TPD-522, cruising Commonwealth Avenue near cor. Don Enrique Heights, Brgy. Holy Spirit, this City, Accused pursuant to their conspiracy, flagged down the victim’s vehicle but when the latter refused to open her car, Accused armed with handguns fired two successive shots at the windshield, hitting the said victim, causing her to sustain serious and mortal wounds which was the immediate cause of her untimely death; that immediately thereafter, Accused boarded the said vehicle and upon reaching Ilang-Ilang St., Brgy. Batasan Hills, this City, abandoned the said car after which they took, robbed and carried away cash money in the amount of P15,090.00 and valuable items all valued in the amount of P170,000.00 Philippine Currency, belonging to LYDIA DY-CUENCA, all in the total amount of P185,090.00 to the damage and prejudice of the heirs of said LYDIA DY-CUENCA. 3

    Accused-appellants were also charged in the same court with one count each of Illegal Possession of Firearm, defined and punished by Section 1 of Presidential Decree No. 1866, 4 as amended. In Criminal Case No. Q-96-65119 against accused appellant Edgardo Liad, the information alleged:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    That on or about the 28th day of February 1996 in Quezon City, Philippines, the said accused without any authority of law, did then and there wilfully, unlawfully and knowingly have in his/her possession and under his/her custody and control one (1) caliber .38 paltik snob nose revolver, without serial number, loaded with two (2) spent shell and three (3) live ammunition without first having secured the necessary license/permit issued by the proper authorities. 5

    In Criminal Case No. Q-96-65120, the information charged accused-appellant Jun Valderama as follows:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    That on or about the 28th day of February 1996 in Quezon City, Philippines, the said accused without any authority of law, did then and there wilfully, unlawfully and knowingly have in his/her possession and under his/her custody and control one (1) caliber .38 paltik Revolver without serial number, loaded with two (2) spent shells and three (3) live ammunition, without first having secured the necessary license/permit issued by the proper authorities. 6

    Upon arraignment, Accused-appellants pleaded not guilty to all the above charges.

    The prosecution presented, among other evidence, the testimonies of Manuel Cuenca, 7 SPO4 Raul Espejon, 8 PO3 Rudy Peralta, 9 Larry Buseron, 10 SPO1 Ricardo Inamac, 11 Dr. Alvin David 12 and Elmer Nelson Piedad, 13 from which the foregoing narration of facts was culled. The deceased’s son Manuel, Jr. was also presented to prove the civil liability of Accused-Appellants. 14

    Accused-appellants offered denial as their defense.

    Accused-appellant Jun Valderama, 23, married, a vendor of garlic and other spices, and a resident of Diliman, Quezon City, claimed that on February 28, 1996, he was in Batasan Hills selling his wares. At around 5:00 p.m., Valderama was passing by a compound, the name of which he could not recall. He noticed many people in front of the compound. Suddenly, a police officer accosted him. The police officer frisked him and asked him where he lived. Valderama said that he lived in Diliman. The police officer also asked Valderama where he came from. Valderama replied that he had just finished vending his goods.

    From the search conducted on Valderama, the police officer recovered a fan knife from Valderama’s pocket. Valderama explained in court that he carried the knife for self-defense since he usually passes by the squatter’s area. He said that he did not intend to use the knife for "anything that is not good." The police officer then handcuffed Valderama to the tricycle parked nearby, and told him to wait there. According to the police officer, they were waiting for a person inside the compound. From the police officer’s uniform, Valderama was able to identify the officer as "Espejon."cralaw virtua1aw library

    About (30) thirty minutes later, Valderama heard two (2) loud gunshots and another one not so loud coming from the compound, which was about thirty (30) meters away. After a while, the police came out the compound dragging Edgardo Liad. The police brought Liad to the tricycle where Valderama was handcuffed. They unlocked the handcuffs from the tricycle and placed it on Liad such that Valderama and Liad were cuffed together. The accused-appellants were then brought to the police station in Precinct 6.

    Valderama was placed in a detention cell while Liad was brought to another room. Twenty minutes later, the police took Valderama out of the cell and brought to the same room where Liad was taken. The latter was placed in the detention cell.

    Valderama claimed that while in the room the police tried to force him to admit that he was a participant in the hold-up in Commonwealth Avenue. Valderama denied the accusation, angering the four (4) police officers, all of who were not in uniform. They mauled and tortured him. When Valderama could no longer endure the beating, he finally admitted the crime. It was only then that the officers stopped torturing him.

    In court, Valderama averred that he was not provided the services of counsel at the time he was forced to admit the police officers’ accusations. He denied having anything to do with the killing of Lydia Cuenca. It was not true that he carried a paltik revolver. 15

    Accused-appellant Edgardo Liad, 26, a laborer and a resident of 194 Saint Andrew Street, Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City, admitted his presence at the crime scene but denied any participation therein.

    He claimed that at around 2:00 in the afternoon of February 28, 1996, he was watching TV at home when he saw his brother-in-law Felix Forteza together with the latter’s friend, Liberato Quintoa. Quintoa was Liad’s neighbor from the province, whom he had not seen since 1992.

    Liad asked the two to bring him to a movie since they had just received their salaries. Forteza and Quintoa agreed to Liad’s request but Forteza said that they had to pass by the office to get his pay. Forteza worked as a security guard in Capital Auto Supply, a business owned and managed by Manuel Cuenca.

    The three left the house, took a tricycle then a bus. Forteza left the two in a carinderia along Commonwealth Avenue and proceeded to his employer’s office. When he came back, he told them that they would have to wait a little longer since his employer was not yet there. Less than an hour later, Liad’s companions suddenly blocked a white car in the middle of the street. Liad remained in the carinderia. Forteza and Quintoa, who both carried firearms, shot at the vehicle. Quintoa entered the vehicle and took the driver’s seat while Forteza sat beside him. Once inside, the two called Liad and told him to board the vehicle. Shocked and confused, Liad did as he was told and sat himself at the right side behind the front seat. Liad did not flee, thinking that people in the carinderia would point to him because they knew that he was Quintoa and Fertoza’s companion.

    The three then drove away and left the car at the corner of Ilang-Ilang Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

    Forteza and Quintoa then alighted the vehicle and told Liad to do the same. Liad refused, however, so Quintoa poked a gun at him. He threatened, "If you will not alight I am going to shoot you." Liad did not know what to do or where to go so he just followed Quintoa. He did not know where Forteza went.

    Along Ilang-Ilang Street was a squatter’s area. Quintoa climbed into the compound followed by Liad. People were chasing Quintoa and Liad, and Quintoa fired once at them. Liad asked Quintoa "why they did it." Quintoa told him not to ask too many questions. Marines in civilian clothes then arrived and asked Quintoa and Liad, who were crouching, to surrender. Quintoa finally stood up but, afraid, Liad did not. Liad heard shots and tried to lie low.

    Upon hearing calls for him to surrender, Liad slowly showed that he was unarmed. He told them not to fire and that he did not have a gun. The Marines arrested Liad and the police arrived. They took Liad from the Marines while Quintoa, also known as Baeng, was brought to the hospital. As for Forteza, Liad said he did not see him again.

    Liad corroborated his co-accused’s denial. He claimed that the first time he met his fellow accused was while he (Liad) was at the compound. By then, Valderama was already handcuffed. Valderama purportedly had no part in the incident that transpired on Commonwealth Avenue. 16

    On rebuttal, Manuel Cuenca refuted Jun Valderama’s allegation that he (Valderama) was not at the scene of the crime. Manuel categorically declared that he saw him and Liad there. He further stated that Felix Forteza was not at the crime scene when the tragedy took place.

    On March 2, 1998, the RTC rendered a decision convicting accused-appellants of robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearm, thus:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, judgment is hereby rendered finding the accused Jun Valderama and Edgardo Liad guilty beyond reasonable doubt as principals by direct participation of the crime of robbery with homicide defined and penalized under Article 294 of the Revised Penal Code as amended by Republic Act No. 7659 and hereby sentences each of them to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua and, jointly and severally, to indemnify the heirs of Lydia Cuenca the amount of P50,000.00 for her death, funeral expenses in the amount of P615,415.00 and moral damages in the amount of P50,000.00, plus costs.

    Accused Valderama and Liad, are likewise found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of illegal possession of firearms as defined and penalized under Section 1 of Presidential Decree No. 1866, as amended by Republic Act No. 8294, and hereby sentences each of them to suffer the penalty of four (4) years, nine (9) months and eleven (11) days to five (5) years, four (4) months and twenty (20) days of prision correctional [sic].

    SO ORDERED. 17

    Accused-appellants thus turn to this Court, contending that:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    I


    THE TRIAL COURT GRAVELY ERRED IN RULING THAT BOTH ACCUSED-APPELLANTS WERE CO-CONSPIRATORS OF DECEASED "BAENG" AND FELIX FORTEZA.

    II


    THE TRIAL COURT GRAVELY ERRED IN CONVICTING BOTH ACCUSED-APPELLANTS FOR VIOLATION OF P.D. 1866, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8294. 18

    The Court finds merit in the second assigned error but not in the first.

    Accused-appellants submit that they were not part of the conspiracy in the crime perpetrated against the deceased. They urge the Court to give credence to their respective accounts negating any participation in the robbery and death of Lydia Cuenca.

    The Court finds that the prosecution established beyond reasonable doubt the existence of a conspiracy between accused-appellants and the deceased Liberato Quintoa, also known as "Baeng." In conspiracy, direct proof of a previous agreement to commit a crime is not necessary. It may be deduced from the mode and manner by which the offense was perpetrated, or inferred from the acts of the accused themselves when such point to a joint purpose and design, concerted action and community of interest. 19 Conspiracy may be inferred from the conduct of the accused before, during or after the commission of the crime. 20

    The following circumstances immediately before, during and after the robbery indubitably show that the perpetrators were one in their purpose to rob Lydia Cuenca: (1) Three (3) men blocked the Tamaraw FX and banged on the door; 21 (2) One of the men shot the door of the vehicle, hitting Lydia Cuenca; 22 (3) Another also fired his gun but hit Manuel Cuenca’s car instead; 23 (4) One man smashed the FX’s window to gain entry to the FX; 24 (5) The three men then rode the vehicle to Ilang-Ilang Street; 25 and (6) Thereafter, all of them alighted the FX and fled in the same direction to the Trans-World Compound. 26

    Manuel Cuenca positively identified both accused-appellants as among the participants to the crime. He recognized them at the police station 27 and pointed at them in open court. 28 On rebuttal, he stated without any hint of hesitation:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    Q. Mr. Witness, Accused Jun Valderama testified that on the date when the crime was committed, he was never present at the scene of the crime, what can you say to that?

    A. It is not true, sir.

    Q. Why?

    A. Because I saw them.

    Q. Where did you see them?

    A. They held up my wife and even killed my wife.

    Q. Where did this happen?

    A. Along Commonwealth Avenue corner Don Enrique Heights.

    Q. How far were you when the crime was being committed?

    A. I was following them.

    Q. Your wife was in the car ahead of you and you were at the back?

    A. Yes, sir, I was at the back.

    Q. Mr. Cuenca, Mr. Liad also testified that he never participated in the commission of the offense on that unfaithful night. What can you say to that?

    A. It is not true, sir.

    Q. Why?

    A. Because I saw them, they were three.

    Q. Can you still remember their faces if you can see them again?

    A. Yes, sir.

    Q. Kindly look around if the accused are here.

    A. Yes, sir. (Witness pointing to a person sitting on the second row who identified himself as Jun Valderama and witness pointed to another person sitting on the first row who identified himself as Edgardo Liad.) 29

    x       x       x


    Q. Felix Forteza was not at the scene of the crime at the time of the incident?

    A. I saw only three.

    Q. You saw only three, Jun Valderama, Edgardo Liad and Baeng?

    A. Yes, sir. 30

    The testimony of Manuel Cuenca identifying accused-appellants as among the perpetrators of the robbery deserves great weight. The absence of evidence to show any improper motive why he should testify falsely against accused-appellants and implicate them in such a grave crime indicates that there is no such motive and that his testimony is worthy of full faith and credit. 31 Accused-appellants’ self-serving denials cannot prevail over Manuel Cuenca’s positive identification. In weighing contradictory declarations and statements, greater weight must generally be given to the positive testimony of the prosecution witnesses than to the denials of the defendants. 32

    The testimonies of SPO4 Espejon 33 and SPO1 Inamac 34 that the police engaged in a gunfight in the Trans-World Brokers Compound where accused-appellants were holed up and thereafter confiscated paltiks from accused-appellants bolsters the testimony of Manuel Cuenca that they indeed participated in the robbery of Lydia Cuenca. According to SPO1 Inamac, Liad even pointed to him where the victim’s bag was. 35

    Incidentally, we cannot give much credence to accused-appellant Valderama’s claim that the police merely picked him out from the crowd, handcuffed him to a tricycle, tortured him so he would admit to the crime, in short, frame him for robbery with homicide. When police officers have no motive for testifying falsely against the accused, courts are inclined to uphold the presumption of regularity in the performance of their duties. 36

    It is true that neither Manuel Cuenca nor Larry Buseron specified each individual perpetrator’s location in reference to the vehicle or their particular acts. Nevertheless, where conspiracy is shown, the precise extent of participation of each accused in the crime is secondary and the act of one may be imputed to all the conspirators. 37

    The trial court, therefore, did not err in convicting accused-appellants of robbery with homicide. Whenever homicide has been committed as a consequence or on the occasion of the robbery, all those who took part as principals in the robbery will also be held guilty as principals for the special complex crime of robbery with homicide, although they did not actually take part in the homicide. 38

    With respect to accused-appellants’ civil liability, the trial court correctly awarded the heirs of Lydia Cuenca the amount of P50,000.00 as indemnity for the victim’s death 39 and P50,000.00 as moral damages. 40

    The trial court also adjudicated P615,415.00 for funeral expenses. The trial court did not present in its decision its computation to justify such amount, although it did refer to Exhibits "G," "H" and "I." Exhibit "G" is a receipt from La Funeraria Paz for funeral expenses amounting to P290,000.00. Exhibit "H" is a receipt from Heaven’s Gate Memorial Gardens, Inc. for P5,665.00 as interment fee and P550.00 for the gravestone.

    Exhibit "I," on the other hand, is a Deed of Sale dated 10 July 1996 showing that Heaven’s Gate Memorial Gardens sold to Manuel Cuenca a "Junior Family Estate" consisting of 24 lots for the sum of P217,200.00. The price of one lot, therefore, would cost only P9,050.00 (P217,200.00 divided by 24 lots).

    Adding up the expenses evidenced by Exhibits "G," "H" and "I," we arrive at the following amount:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    Funeral expenses (Exhibit "G") P290,000.00

    Interment and gravestone 6,215.00

    Cemetery lot 9,050.00

    ——————

    Total funeral and burial expenses P305,265.00

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    The decision of the trial court is thus modified accordingly.

    Accused-appellants also contend that the trial court erred in holding them liable for illegal possession of firearm, a position shared by the Solicitor General.

    In cases involving illegal possession of firearm, the requisite elements are: (a) the existence of the subject firearm and (b) the fact that the accused who owned or possessed the firearm does not have the corresponding license or permit to possess. The latter is a negative fact that constitutes an essential ingredient of the offense of illegal possession, and it is the duty of the prosecution not only to allege it but also to prove it beyond reasonable doubt. 41 The Court agrees with accused-appellants and the Solicitor General that the prosecution in this case failed to prove the second element.

    The trial court nevertheless justified accused-appellants’ conviction for illegal possession of firearm, thus:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    As regards the charges of illegal possession of firearms, the Court finds the accused Valderama and Liad guilty hereof. The prosecution did not have to prove that they did not have license or authority to possess firearm because the firearms were "Paltik" or homemade. In the case of People v. Ramos, 222 SCRA 557, the Supreme Court ruled:jgc:chanrobles.com.ph

    "Since a paltik is a homemade gun, it is illegally manufactured and cannot be issued a license or permit, and hence it is no longer necessary to prove that it is unlicensed." 42

    The trial court clearly misread People v. Ramos. The trial court’s rationale was precisely the contention that the Court rejected in Ramos:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    We do not agree with the contention of the Solicitor General that since a paltik is a homemade gun, is illegally manufactured as recognized in People v. Fajardo, and cannot be issued a license or permit, it is no longer necessary to prove that it is unlicensed. This appears to be, at first blush, a very logical proposition. We cannot, however, yield to it because Fajardo did not say that paltiks can in no case be issued a license or a permit, and that proof that a firearm is a paltik dispenses with proof that it is unlicensed.

    The above ruling was reiterated in People v. Evangelista, 43 Mallari v. Court of Appeals, 44 People v. De Vera, Sr., 45 and People v. Dorimon, 46 and People v. PO2 Rodel Samonte. 47

    WHEREFORE, the decision of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City is hereby MODIFIED as follows:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    In Criminal Case No. Q-96-65118, Accused-appellants Edgardo Liad y Beigar and Jun Valderama y Caspe are hereby found GUILTY beyond reasonable doubt of Robbery with Homicide and are sentenced to each suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua. Accused-appellants are ordered to pay in solidum the heirs of the deceased Lydia Cuenca the amount of P50,000.00 as indemnity for her death, P50,000.00 as moral damages and P305,265.00 as funeral and burial expenses.

    In Criminal Case Nos. Q-96-65119 and Q-96-65120 for illegal possession of firearm, Accused-appellants are ACQUITTED for insufficiency of evidence.

    SO ORDERED.

    Davide, Jr., C.J., Puno, Pardo and Ynares-Santiago, JJ., concur.

    Endnotes:



    1. Exhibit "E."cralaw virtua1aw library

    2. Exhibit "W-5."cralaw virtua1aw library

    3. Records, p. 2.

    4. Codifying the Laws on Illegal/Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, Dealing in, Acquisition or Disposition, of Firearms, Ammunition or Explosives or Instruments Used in the Manufacture of Firearms, Ammunition or Explosives, and Imposing Stiffer Penalties for Certain Violations Thereof and for Relevant Purposes.

    5. Id., at 4.

    6. Id., at 6.

    7. TSN, August 7, 1996; TSN, August 13, 1996.

    8. TSN, August 15, 1996; TSN, September 17, 1996.

    9. TSN, September 16, 1996.

    10. TSN, September 17, 1996.

    11. TSN, September 18, 1996.

    12. TSN, October 21, 1996.

    13. TSN, December 18, 1996.

    14. TSN, August 13, 1996.

    15. TSN, July 15, 1997; TSN, July 16, 1997.

    16. TSN, September 19, 1997; TSN, November 24, 1997.

    17. Records, pp. 158-159.

    18. Rollo, p. 51.

    19. People v. Pulusan, 290 SCRA 353 (1998).

    20. People v. Balang, 236 SCRA 474 (1994).

    21. TSN, August 7, 1996, p. 7; TSN, September 17, 1996, p. 9.

    22. Id., at 8.

    23. Id.

    24. Id.; TSN, September 17, 1996, p. 10.

    25. Id., at 11, TSN, August 15, 1996, p. 14.

    26. TSN, August 15, 1996, p. 6.

    27. TSN, August 7, 1996, p. 13; TSN, August 13, 1996, pp. 6-7.

    28. Id., at 14.

    29. TSN, January 21, 1998, pp. 3-5. Emphasis supplied.

    30. Id., at 7.

    31. People v. Sandoval, 254 SCRA 436 (1996).

    32. People v. Guiamil, 277 SCRA 658 (1997).

    33. TSN, August 15, 1996, p. 9.

    34. TSN, September 18, 1996, p. 9.

    35. Id., at 29.

    36. People v. Guiamil, supra.

    37. People v. Pulusan, supra.

    38. People v. Cerveto, 315 SCRA 611 (1999); People v. Nang, 289 SCRA 16 (1998); People v. Guiamil, supra; People v. Sandoval, supra.

    39. See CIVIL CODE, ART. 2206 in relation to current jurisprudence, e.g., People v. Cerveto, supra; People v. Merino, 321 SCRA 199(1999).

    40. Art. 2219. Moral damages may be recovered in the following and analogous. cases:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library

    (1) A criminal offense resulting in physical injuries . . . . (CIVIL CODE) See also People v. Merino, supra.

    41. People v. Dorimon, 321 SCRA 43 (1999); Mallari v. Court of Appeals, 265 SCRA 456 (1996).

    42. Records, p. 158.

    43. 256 SCRA 611 (1996).

    44. Supra.

    45. 308 SCRA 75 (1999)

    46. Supra.

    47. G.R. No. 126048, September 29, 2000.

    G.R. Nos. 133815-17   March 22, 2001 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. EDGARDO LIAD, ET AL.




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