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February-2012 Jurisprudence                 

  • [G.R. No. 179579 : February 01, 2012] COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND THE DISTRICT COLLECTOR OF THE PORT OF SUBIC, PETITIONERS, VS. HYPERMIX FEEDS CORPORATION, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 188722 : February 01, 2012] BANK OF LUBAO, INC., PETITIONER, VS. ROMMEL J. MANABAT AND THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS COMMISSION, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 186226 : February 01, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, APPELLEE, VS. YUSOP TADAH, APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 185669 : February 01, 2012] JUAN GALOPE, PETITIONER, VS. CRESENCIA BUGARIN, REPRESENTED BY CELSO RABANG, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 183093 : February 01, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE, VS. DIOSDADO TUBAT Y VERSOZA, ACCUSED-APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 181974 : February 01, 2012] LYNVIL FISHING ENTERPRISES, INC. AND/OR ROSENDO S. DE BORJA, PETITIONERS, VS. ANDRES G. ARIOLA, JESSIE D. ALCOVENDAS, JIMMY B. CALINAO AND LEOPOLDO G. SEBULLEN, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 194320 : February 01, 2012] MALAYAN INSURANCE CO., INC., PETITIONER, VS. RODELIO ALBERTO AND ENRICO ALBERTO REYES, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 151258 : February 01, 2012] ARTEMIO VILLAREAL, PETITIONER, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, RESPONDENT. [G.R. NO. 154954] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PETITIONER, VS. THE HONORABLE COURT OF APPEALS, ANTONIO MARIANO ALMEDA, DALMACIO LIM, JR., JUNEL ANTHONY AMA, ERNESTO JOSE MONTECILLO, VINCENT TECSON, ANTONIO GENERAL, SANTIAGO RANADA III, NELSON VICTORINO, JAIME MARIA FLORES II, ZOSIMO MENDOZA, MICHAEL MUSNGI, VICENTE VERDADERO, ETIENNE GUERRERO, JUDE FERNANDEZ, AMANTE PURISIMA II, EULOGIO SABBAN, PERCIVAL BRIGOLA, PAUL ANGELO SANTOS, JONAS KARL B. PEREZ, RENATO BANTUG, JR., ADEL ABAS, JOSEPH LLEDO, AND RONAN DE GUZMAN, RESPONDENTS. [G.R. NO. 155101] FIDELITO DIZON, PETITIONER, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, RESPONDENT. [G.R. NOS. 178057 & 178080] GERARDA H. VILLA, PETITIONER, VS. MANUEL LORENZO ESCALONA II, MARCUS JOEL CAPELLAN RAMOS, CRISANTO CRUZ SARUCA, JR., AND ANSELMO ADRIANO, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 172455 : February 01, 2012] ANTONIO CHUA, PETITIONER, VS. TOTAL OFFICE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES (TOPROS), INC., RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 182769 : February 01, 2012] BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, AS SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST OF FAR EAST BANK & TRUST COMPANY, PETITIONER, VS. CYNTHIA L. REYES, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. Nos. 174941 : February 01, 2012] ANTONIO P. SALENGA AND NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS COMMISSION, PETITIONERS, VS. COURT OF APPEALS AND CLARK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 184109 : February 01, 2012] CELERINO E. MERCADO, PETITIONER, VS. BELEN* ESPINOCILLA** AND FERDINAND ESPINOCILLA, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 186541 : February 01, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE, VS. VICENTE VILBAR, ACCUSED-APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 167952 : February 01, 2012] GONZALO PUYAT & SONS, INC., PETITIONER, VS. RUBEN ALCAIDE (DECEASED), SUBSTITUTED BY GLORIA ALCAIDE, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FARMER-BENEFICIARIES, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 189496 : February 01, 2012] D.M. FERRER & ASSOCIATES CORPORATION, PETITIONER, VS. UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. Nos. 186659-710 : February 01, 2012] ZACARIA A. CANDAO, ABAS A. CANDAO AND ISRAEL B. HARON, PETITIONERS, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES AND SANDIGANBAYAN, RESPONDENTS.

  • [A.M. No. P-11-2926 : February 01, 2012] JUDGE LUCINA ALPEZ DAYAON, PRESIDING JUDGE, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MACABEBE, PAMPANGA, BRANCH 54, COMPLAINANT, VS. JESUSA V. DE LEON, COURT STENOGRAPHER III OF THE SAME COURT, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 173531 : February 01, 2012] LEONCIO C. OLIVEROS, REPRESENTED BY HIS HEIRS,* MOISES DE LA CRUZ,** AND THE HEIRS OF LUCIO DELA CRUZ, REPRESENTED BY FELIX DELA CRUZ, PETITIONERS, VS. BERSAMIN, SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION, THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OF CALOOCAN CITY, AND THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OF VALENZUELA, METRO MANILA, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 171513 : February 06, 2012] ARNOLD JAMES M. YSIDORO, PETITIONER, VS. HON. TERESITA J. LEONARDO- DE CASTRO, HON. DIOSDADO M. PERALTA AND HON. EFREN N. DE LA CRUZ, IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES AS PRESIDING JUSTICE AND ASSOCIATE JUSTICES, RESPECTIVELY, OF THE FIRST DIVISION OF THE SANDIGANBAYAN, AND NIERNA S. DOLLER, RESPONDENTS. [G.R. NO. 190963] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PETITIONER, VS. FIRST DIVISION OF THE SANDIGANBAYAN AND ARNOLD JAMES M. YSIDORO, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 189647 : February 06, 2012] NANCY T. LORZANO, PETITIONER, VS. JUAN TABAYAG, JR., RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 199150 : February 06, 2012] CARMINA G. BROKMANN, PETITIONER, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 172223 : February 06, 2012] CANADIAN OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED, INC., PETITIONER, VS. BART Q. DALANGIN, JR., RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 193346 : February 06, 2012] PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, PETITIONER, VS. SPOUSES ROGELIO AND EVELYN ROQUE, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 194306 : February 06, 2012] SEBASTIAN F. OASAY, JR. PETITIONER, VS. PALACIO DEL GOBERNADOR CONDOMINIUM CORPORATION AND/OR OMAR T. CRUZ, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 157838 : February 07, 2012] CANDELARIO L. VERZOSA, JR. (IN HIS FORMER CAPACITY AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY), PETITIONER, VS. GUILLERMO N. CARAGUE (IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION ON AUDIT), RAUL C. FLORES, CELSO D. GANGAN, SOFRONIO B. URSAL AND COMMISSION ON AUDIT, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. Nos. 153304-05 : February 07, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PETITIONER, VS. HON. SANDIGANBAYAN (FOURTH DIVISION), IMELDA R. MARCOS, JOSE CONRADO BENITEZ AND GILBERT C. DULAY,* RESPONDENTS.

  • [G. R. No. 180989 : February 07, 2012] GUALBERTO J. DELA LLANA, PETITIONER, VS. THE CHAIRPERSON, COMMISSION ON AUDIT, THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND THE NATIONAL TREASURER, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 185572 : February 07, 2012] CHINA NATIONAL MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT CORP. (GROUP), PETITIONER, VS. HON. CESAR D. SANTAMARIA, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS PRESIDING JUDGE OF BRANCH 145, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MAKATI CITY, HERMINIO HARRY L. ROQUE, JR., JOEL R. BUTUYAN, ROGER R. RAYEL, ROMEL R. BAGARES, CHRISTOPHER FRANCISCO C. BOLASTIG, LEAGUE OF URBAN POOR FOR ACTION (LUPA), KILUSAN NG MARALITA SA MEYCAUAYAN (KMM-LUPA CHAPTER), DANILO M. CALDERON, VICENTE C. ALBAN, MERLYN M. VAAL, LOLITA S. QUINONES, RICARDO D. LANOZO, JR., CONCHITA G. GOZO, MA. TERESA D. ZEPEDA, JOSEFINA A. LANOZO, AND SERGIO C. LEGASPI, JR., KALIPUNAN NG DAMAYANG MAHIHIRAP (KADAMAY), EDY CLERIGO, RAMMIL DINGAL, NELSON B. TERRADO, CARMEN DEUNIDA, AND EDUARDO LEGSON, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 173291 : February 08, 2012] ROMEO A. GALANG, PETITIONER, VS. CITYLAND SHAW TOWER, INC. AND VIRGILIO BALDEMOR, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 184015 : February 08, 2012] SPOUSES MARIANO P. MARASIGAN AND JOSEFINA LEAL, PETITIONERS, VS. CHEVRON PHILS., INC., ACCRA INVESTMENTS, CORP., AND ANGARA ABELLO CONCEPCION REGALA & CRUZ, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 176085 : February 08, 2012] FEDERICO S. ROBOSA, ROLANDO E. PANDY, NOEL D. ROXAS, ALEXANDER ANGELES, VERONICA GUTIERREZ, FERNANDO EMBAT, AND NANETTE H. PINTO, PETITIONERS, VS. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS COMMISSION (FIRST DIVISION), CHEMO-TECHNISCHE MANUFACTURING, INC. AND ITS RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS LED BY FRANKLIN R. DE LUZURIAGA, AND PROCTER & GAMBLE PHILIPPINES, INC., RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 160278, February 08, 2012] GARDEN OF MEMORIES PARK AND LIFE PLAN, INC. AND PAULINA T. REQUIÑO, PETITIONERS, VS. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS COMMISSION, SECOND DIVISION, LABOR ARBITER FELIPE T. GARDUQUE II AND HILARIA CRUZ, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 158413 : February 08, 2012] CELSO M. MANUEL, EVANGELISTA A. MERU, FLORANTE A. MIANO, AND PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PETITIONERS, VS. HON. SANDIGANBAYAN (FOURTH DIVISION), MELCHOR M. MALLARE AND ELIZABETH GOSUDAN, RESPONDENTS. [G.R. NO. 161133] MELCHOR M. MALLARE AND ELIZABETH GOSUDAN, PETITIONERS, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 194653 : February 08, 2012] ANTONIO MENDOZA, PETITIONER, VS. FIL-HOMES REALTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, RESPONDENT.

  • [A.M. No. MTJ-10-1761 : February 08, 2012] AIDA R. CAMPOS, ALISTAIR R. CAMPOS, AND CHARMAINE R. CAMPOS, COMPLAINANTS, VS. JUDGE ELISEO M. CAMPOS, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT, BAYUGAN, AGUSAN DEL SUR, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 186720 : February 08, 2012] ELSA D. MEDADO, PETITIONER, VS. HEIRS OF THE LATE ANTONIO CONSING, AS REPRESENTED BY DR. SOLEDAD CONSING, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G. R. No. 183622 : February 08, 2012] MEROPE ENRIQUEZ VDA. DE CATALAN, PETITIONER, VS. LOUELLA A. CATALAN-LEE, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 187733 : February 08, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, APPELLEE, VS. TEOFILO “REY” BUYAGAN, APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 192274 : February 08, 2012] NORBERTO LEE, PETITIONER, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES AND ALLIED BANK, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 187490 : February 08, 2012] ANTONIA R. DELA PEÑA AND ALVIN JOHN B. DELA PEÑA, PETITIONERS, VS. GEMMA REMILYN C. AVILA AND FAR EAST BANK & TRUST CO., RESPONDENTS.

  • [A.M. No. RTJ-11-2291 : February 08, 2012] OFFICE OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, COMPLAINANT, VS. JUDGE CELSO L. MANTUA, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH 17, PALOMPON, LEYTE, RESPONDENT.

  • [A.M. No. RTJ-10-2255 (Formerly OCA I.P.I. No. 10-3335-RTJ) : February 08, 2012] SPOUSES DEMOCRITO AND OLIVIA LAGO, COMPLAINANTS, VS. JUDGE GODOFREDO B. ABUL, JR., REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH 43, GINGOOG CITY, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 183132 : February 08, 2012] RICHARD CHUA, PETITIONER, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, RESPONDENT.

  • [A.M. No. P-06-2111 : February 08, 2012] ANNABELLE F. GARCIA, CLERK OF COURT, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT IN CITIES, BRANCH 2, OLONGAPO CITY, COMPLAINANT, VS. HERMINIO C. REYES AND ZOSIMA S. DE VERA, INTERPRETER AND STENOGRAPHER, RESPECTIVELY, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT IN CITIES, BRANCH 2, OLONGAPO CITY, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 187736 : February 08, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE, VS. FLORDELIZA ARRIOLA Y DE LARA, ACCUSED-APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 190375 : February 08, 2012] TAN SHUY, PETITIONER, VS. SPOUSES GUILLERMO MAULAWIN AND PARING CARIÑO-MAULAWIN, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G. R. No. 171701 : February 08, 2012] REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES PETITIONER, VS. MA. IMELDA "IMEE" R. MARCOS-MANOTOC, FERDINAND "BONGBONG" R. MARCOS, JR., GREGORIO MA. ARANETA III, IRENE R. MARCOS-ARANETA, YEUNG CHUN FAN, YEUNG CHUN HO, YEUNG CHUN KAM, AND PANTRANCO EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (PEA)-PTGWO, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 161796 : February 08, 2012] LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES, PETITIONER, VS. ESTATE OF J. AMADO ARANETA, RESPONDENT. [G.R. NO. 161830] DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM,[1] PETITIONER, NORBERTO RESULTA, EDITHA ABAD, LEDELIA ASIDOY, GIL PAGARAGAN, ROSALITO PAGHUBASAN, EDWIN FAUSTINO, FELOMINO JUSOL, EDELBERTO POBLARES, EFREN APON, NELSON VILLAREAL, JIMMY ZONIO, SERLISTO ZONIO, WILFREDO MARCELINO, ROGELIO RODERO, SERGIO ZONIO, NORBERTO FRANCISCO, AURORA VILLACORTE, JOVITO NINONUEVO, ELIZABETH ZAUSA, RUBEN VILLANUEVA, VICENTA RACCA, ROGELIO RACCA, MERCEDES VILLANUEVA, EDUARDO BIUTE, APOLINARIO TORRAL, BENJAMIN TANJER, JR., MINDA SOLIMAN, CIPRIANO REQUIOLA, GLORIA ROMERO, SILVERIO ZONIO, NESTOR ZONIO, NILO ZAUSA, ROMUALDO ZAUSA, REYNALDO ZAUSA, LUMILYN ZAUSA, GILBERT BAUTISTA, GILDA PACETES, ALUDIA CALUB, LOURDES CAGNO, ABELARDO CAGNO, BENJAMIN MARINAS, CRISPINA ARNAIZ, MARIA CABUS, RESTITUTA PRETENCIO, MA. LUZ ABALOS, ABELARDO DEL ROSARIO, CANDELARIA CEPEDA, HAYDEE MARQUILENCIA, LEONCIA ZATA, LUCIA LOPEZ, MARGARITA MANLANGIT, CRISTINA PACIS, LEONELDA FIDELA, MA. BLESS MASAGNAY, AGUSTIN CADAO, DOLORES FELICIANO, MA. JESSICA FELICIANO, MA. LOURDES FELICIANO, MA. JULITA FELICIANO, FEDERICO ZONIO, NENITA SINGSON, LIBRADA ZASPA, THELMA ELISERIO, SALVADOR VILLORENTE, SATURNINA TESORERO, ROGELIO PARACUELES, ANITA MENDOZA, AMADEO MASAGNAY, ELVIRA CAMPOS, LAURIANO CAMPOS, BENITO VILLAGANAS, VIRGILIO FERRER, SALVADOR RESULTA, NORLITO RESULTA, DIANA SEPTIMO, SALVADOR SEPTIMO, DIOSDADO LAGMAN, CLAUDIA MIRALLES, RICARDO FRANCISCO, RODOLFO FRANCISCO, ALEXANDER YURONG, ALFREDO BUENAVENTURA, ISIDRO DELA CRUZ, REMEDIOS CABUNDOC, ARTEMIO MIRASOL, MINDA COPINO, ANDRES IBARBIA, WILFREDO BALLOS, ELSA BANGCA, ARTURO CANTURIA, PABLITO SAGUIBO, CARLITO VILLONES, JOSEFINA TABANGCURA, NEDA MASAGNAY, PETITIONERS-INTERVENORS, ESTELA MARIE MALOLOS, LORETO DELA CRUZ, JOSE PAJARILLO, IMELDA ZAUSA, FEDERICO ZAUSA REPRESENTED BY ROSALINDA ZAUSA, LUDEVICO ZAUSA, GLORIA VILLANUEVA, ZENAIDA MASAGNAY, ELSIO ESTO, RODOLFO VILLONES, ALVINO NARCI REPRESENTED BY LILIA VILLONES, RUFINO ZONIO, ALBERTO ROSI, ZENAIDA VILLENA, ANTONIO ZAUSA, SALDITO ZONIO, ZACARIAS CORTEZ, LARRY MASAGNAY REPRESENTED BY LEONEL MASAGNAY, ERLINDA MORISON, JUAN CORTEZ, PRIMITIBO NICASIO, CARMELO CESAR, ANDRES ZONIO REPRESENTED BY RUFINO ZONIO, JUANITO ZONIO, JERENCIO ZONIO, ALEX CORTEZ, PEPITO VILLAREAL, PETITIONERS-MOVANTS, VS. ESTATE OF J. AMADO ARANETA, RESPONDENT. [G.R. NO. 190456] ERNESTO B. DURAN, LOPE P. ABALOS (DECEASED) REPRESENTED BY LOPE ABALOS, JR., ARTEMIO T. GONZALES (DECEASED) REPRESENTED BY PAUL GONZALES, AUGUSTO LIM, IMELDA MARCELINO, ERNESTO NAVARTE (DECEASED) REPRESENTED BY SURVIVING SPOUSE NELIA NAVARTE, FLORANTE M. QUIMZON, MANUEL R. QUIMZON (DECEASED) REPRESENTED BY FLORANTE M. QUIMZON, NELIA ZAUSA, PETITIONERS-INTERVENORS, VS. ESTATE OF J. AMADO ARANETA, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 165935 : February 08, 2012] BRIGHT MARITIME CORPORATION (BMC)/DESIREE P. TENORIO, PETITIONERS, VS. RICARDO B. FANTONIAL, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 175558 : February 08, 2012] SKIPPERS UNITED PACIFIC, INC. AND SKIPPERS MARITIME SERVICES, INC., LTD., PETITIONERS, VS. NATHANIEL DOZA, NAPOLEON DE GRACIA, ISIDRO L. LATA, AND CHARLIE APROSTA, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 185665 : February 08, 2012] EASTERN TELECOMMUNICATIONS PHILIPPINES, INC., PETITIONER, VS. EASTERN TELECOMS EMPLOYEES UNION, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 183444 : February 08, 2012] DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, PETITIONER, VS. RONALDO E. QUIWA, DOING BUSINESS UNDER THE NAME “R.E.Q. CONSTRUCTION,” EFREN N. RIGOR, DOING BUSINESS UNDER THE NAME “CHIARA CONSTRUCTION,” ROMEO R. DIMATULAC, DOING BUSINESS UNDER THE NAME “ARDY CONSTRUCTION,” AND FELICITAS C. SUMERA, DOING BUSINESS UNDER THE NAME “F.C.S. CONSTRUCTION,” REPRESENTED BY HER ATTORNEY-IN-FACT ROMEO M. DE LEON, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 197815 : February 08, 2012] THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, APPELLEE, VS. JULIETO SANCHEZ @ "OMPONG," APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 180157 : February 08, 2012] EQUITABLE CARDNETWORK, INC., PETITIONER, VS. JOSEFA BORROMEO CAPISTRANO, RESPONDENT.

  • [A.M. No. 11-10-7-SC : February 14, 2012] RE: REQUEST OF JUSTICE JOSEFINA GUEVARA-SALONGA, COURT OF APPEALS, THAT HER SERVICES AS ASSISTANT PROVINCIAL FISCAL OF LAGUNA BE CREDITED AS PART OF HER SERVICES IN THE JUDICIARY FOR PURPOSES OF HER RETIREMENT.

  • [G.R. No. 194710 : February 14, 2012] MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY, PETITIONER, VS. COMMISSION ON AUDIT, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 180784 : February 15, 2012] INSURANCE COMPANY OF NORTH AMERICA, PETITIONER, VS. ASIAN TERMINALS, INC., RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 175932 : February 15, 2012] WUERTH PHILIPPINES, INC., PETITIONER, VS. RODANTE YNSON, RESPONDENT.

  • [A.C. No. 8254 (Formerly CBD Case No. 04-1310) : February 15, 2012] NESA ISENHARDT, COMPLAINANT, VS. ATTY. LEONARDO M. REAL, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 178593 : February 15, 2012] REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, REPRESENTED BY THE PRIVATIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OFFICE (PMO), PETITIONER, VS. PANTRANCO NORTH EXPRESS, INC. (PNEI), PANTRANCO EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (PEA-PTGWO), EUSEBIO RAMOSO, CIRIACO M. MAGSINO, A. CACHUELA, A. CAMUS, M. CALAHI, R. CANO, B.T. LANTANO, L. BERSAMINA, A. ALFARO AND 495 OTHERS, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 190022 : February 15, 2012] PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RAILWAYS CORPORATION, JAPHET ESTRANAS AND BEN SAGA, PETITIONERS, VS. PURIFICACION VIZCARA, MARIVIC VIZCARA, CRESENCIA A. NATIVIDAD, HECTOR VIZCARA, JOEL VIZCARA AND DOMINADOR ANTONIO, RESPONDENTS.

  • [A.M. No. P-11-2951 (Formerly A.M. No. 10-3544-P) : February 15, 2012] LEAVE DIVISION, OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, COMPLAINANT, VS. LEONCIO K. GUTIERREZ III, CLERK III, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH 116, PASAY CITY, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 152262 : February 15, 2012] FELIMON MANGUIOB, PETITIONER, VS. JUDGE PAUL T. ARCANGEL, RTC, BRANCH 12, DAVAO CITY AND ALEJANDRA VELASCO, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 174445 : February 15, 2012] SPOUSES WILLIAM GUIDANGEN AND MARY GUIDANGEN, PETITIONERS, VS. DEVOTA B. WOODEN, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 173882 : February 15, 2012] JULIE’S BAKESHOP AND/OR EDGAR REYES, PETITIONERS, VS. HENRY ARNAIZ EDGAR NAPAL,* AND JONATHAN TOLORES, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 185053 : February 15, 2012] EUSTAQUIO CANDARI, JR., RENE ESPULGAR, EDITHA DACIA, GONZALO PALMA, JR., ANDRES DE LEON, ARNOLD BAJAR, PETER BAYBAYAN, EUGENIO TABURNO, MATEO ALOJADO, ANSELMO LIGTAS, FLORITA BULANGIS, ADELAIDA PENIG, ATTY. LEVI SALIGUMBA, EDITHA JIMENA, CYNTHIA BELARMA AND ANTONIA BANTING, PETITIONERS, VS. ROLAND DONASCO, LIDIO VILLA, RENE GAID, PEPITO GUMBAN, OSCAR ANDRADA, ROMEO CASTONES, ROSEMARY CORDOVA, GLORIA MATULLANO, PONCIANO ABALOS, RESTITUTO BATIANCILLA, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 187926 : February 15, 2012] DR. EMMANUEL JARCIA, JR. AND DR. MARILOU BASTAN, PETITIONERS, VS. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 173128 : February 15, 2012] MARITIMEINDUSTRY AUTHORITY (MARINA) AND/OR ATTY. OSCAR M. SEVILLA, PETITIONERS, VS. MARC PROPERTIES CORPORATION, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 185212 : February 15, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, APPELLEE, VS. MARITESS ALOLOD, EFREN DEOCAMPO, ELMER DEOCAMPO AND EDWIN DEOCAMPO, ACCUSED, EFREN DEOCAMPO, APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 187157 : February 15, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE, VS. ARNEL CLARITE Y SALAZAR, ACCUSED-APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 187567 : February 15, 2012] THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, PETITIONER, VS. NORA FE SAGUN, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 175025 : February 15, 2012] ROGELIO J. JAKOSALEM AND GODOFREDO B. DULFO PETITIONERS, VS. ROBERTO S. BARANGAN, RESPONDENT.

  • [G.R. No. 175980 : February 15, 2012] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES,APPELLEE, VS. ADRIANO CABRILLAS, ACCUSED, BENNY CABTALAN, APPELLANT.

  • [G.R. No. 179469 : February 15, 2012] C.F. SHARP & CO. INC. AND JOHN J. ROCHA, PETITIONERS, VS. PIONEER INSURANCE & SURETY CORPORATION, WILFREDO C. AGUSTIN AND HERNANDO G. MINIMO, RESPONDENTS.

  • [G.R. No. 161771 : February 15, 2012] BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, AS SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST OF FAR EAST BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, PETITIONER, VS. EDUARDO HONG, DOING BUSINESS UNDER THE NAME AND STYLE “SUPER LINE PRINTING PRESS” AND THE COURT OF APPEALS, RESPONDENTS.

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    [G.R. No. 182197 : February 27, 2012]   PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, APPELLEE, VS. TEOFILO HONRADO AND ROMULO HONRADO, APPELLANTS.

     

    SECOND DIVISION

    [G.R. No. 182197 : February 27, 2012]

    PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, APPELLEE, VS. TEOFILO HONRADO AND ROMULO HONRADO, APPELLANTS.

    D E C I S I O N


    BRION, J.:

    We decide the appeal, filed by Teofilo Honrado and Romulo Honrado (appellants), from the September 21, 2007 decision[1] of the Court of Appeals (CA) in CA-G.R. CR-H.C. No. 01432. The CA decision affirmed with modification the February 21, 2000 decision[2] of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 53, Rosales, Pangasinan, finding the appellants guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Sections 4[3] and 8,[4] Article II of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 6425, otherwise known as The Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972.cralaw

    The evidence for the prosecution showed that sometime in June 1995, SPO3 Rodolfo de Guzman  of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Narcotics Command, Urdaneta, Pangasinan, received information from a concerned citizen about the illegal drug activities in Barangay Carmen East, Rosales, Pangasinan. Acting on this information, SPO3 De Guzman directed SPO3 Ruperto Galliguez and PO3 Rolando Garcia to conduct a surveillance in Barangay Carmen East.[5] SPO3 Galliguez and PO3 Garcia did as instructed, and then reported that two persons, known as alias “Temmy” and alias “Whity,” were engaged in drug pushing in the area. Afterwards, SPO3 De Guzman formed an entrapment team composed of himself, SPO3 Galliguez, PO3 Garcia, SPO2 Honorato Natividad, SPO1 Flash Ferrer, and PO2 Laudencio Gallano.[6]

    At around 4:30 a.m. of June 13, 1995, the entrapment team, together with the informant, went to the Carmen Police Sub-Station to coordinate with the local police and then proceeded to Barangay Carmen East to conduct the buy-bust operation.[7] When they arrived there, PO3 Garcia and the informant went to a vacant lot, while the other members of the team strategically positioned themselves around the area. The informant went to a cemented dike and contacted appellants Romulo and Teofilo. When they returned to the vacant lot, the informant introduced PO3 Garcia to the appellants as a buyer of marijuana. The appellants instructed PO3 Garcia to wait.[8] When the appellants returned, Romulo handed one block of marijuana dried leaves wrapped in a newspaper to PO3 Garcia. PO3 Garcia gave one P500.00 bill and five P100.00 bills to Romulo, who, in turn, handed them to Teofilo. PO3 Garcia then made the prearranged signal to his companions. Immediately after, the other members of the buy-bust team approached the appellants, identified themselves as police agents, and arrested the appellants. SPO3 Galliguez searched Teofilo and recovered the marked money from his back pocket.[9]

    The appellants told the police that there were other blocks of marijuana hidden in their house. SPO2 Natividad and SPO3 Galliguez accompanied the appellants to Romulo’s house; the appellants entered the house while the police waited outside. The appellants got four blocks of marijuana from the house, placed them in a bag, and handed them over to SPO3 Galliguez.[10] Thereafter, the police brought the appellants and the seized items to the police station for investigation.[11] At the police station, the police marked the seized items[12] and made the corresponding Receipt of Property Seized.[13]

    The appellants, for their part, interposed the defenses of denial, extortion, and frame-up.

    The prosecution charged the appellants with violation of Sections 4 and 8 of R.A. No. 6425, as amended, before the RTC. The RTC found the appellants guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crimes charged, and sentenced them to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua for each offense. It also ordered them to pay a P1 million fine.[14]

    The appellants appealed to the CA, docketed as CA-G.R. CR-H.C. No. 01432. The CA, in its decision of September 21, 2007, affirmed the appellants’ conviction for illegal sale of marijuana under Section 4 of R.A. No. 6425, as amended, but acquitted them for illegal possession of marijuana under Section 8 of this law on the ground of reasonable doubt.

    The CA held that PO3 Garcia positively identified the appellants as the persons who gave him one block of marijuana in exchange for P1,000.00; his testimony was corroborated by SPO3 De Guzman, SPO2 Natividad and SPO2 Galliguez. It added that the seized specimens tested positive for marijuana.

    The CA also ruled that the subsequent search and confiscation of the buy-bust money from Teofilo were justified because they were made as incidents to a lawful arrest. The appellate court likewise did not give credence to the appellants’ claim of extortion for their failure to present any evidence to prove this allegation. The CA, however, acquitted the appellants for violation of illegal possession of marijuana under Section 8 of R.A. No. 6425 due to serious inconsistencies in the testimonies of the police on how they were able to get hold of the four additional blocks of marijuana.[15]

    In their brief,[16] the appellants claim that the courts a quo erred in giving credence to the inconsistent and incredible testimonies of the prosecution witnesses. They further allege that it was improbable for them to voluntarily inform the police of the location of the four blocks of marijuana.

    For the State, the Office of the Solicitor General maintains that the prosecution was able to prove the appellants’ guilt beyond reasonable doubt.[17]

    THE COURT’S RULING

    We deny the appeal and affirm the appellants’ conviction for illegal sale of 1,040 grams of marijuana under Section 4, Article II of R.A. No. 6425, as amended.

    A buy-bust operation is a form of entrapment whereby ways and means are resorted to for the purpose of trapping and capturing the lawbreakers in the execution of their criminal plan.[18] The essential elements to be established in the prosecution of illegal sale of marijuana are as follows: (1) the identity of the buyer and the seller, the object of the sale and the consideration; and (2) the delivery of the thing sold and the payment therefor.[19] What is material is the proof that the transaction or sale actually took place, coupled with the presentation in court of the corpus delicti as evidence.[20]

    The evidence on record showed the presence of all these elements. The witnesses for the prosecution successfully proved that a buy-bust operation took place and the block of marijuana subject of the sale was brought to, and duly identified in, court. PO3 Garcia, the poseur-buyer, positively identified the appellants as the persons who sold to him one block of marijuana dried leaves wrapped in a newspaper in exchange for the sum of P1,000.00. PO3 Garcia’s testimony was corroborated on material points by his team leader, SPO3 De Guzman, SPO3 Galliguez, and SPO2 Natividad. PNP Forensic Chemist Police Supt. Theresa Ann Cid examined the items seized and found them to be positive for marijuana.

    We rely on the trial court's assessment of the prosecution witnesses’ credibility, absent any showing that certain facts of weight and substance, bearing on the elements of the crime, have been overlooked, misunderstood, or misapplied. We point out that no improper motive was ever successfully established  showing  why   the  witnesses  would  falsely  testify  against  the appellants. The testimonies of the prosecution witnesses, therefore, clearly established  that  the  sale of marijuana took place between the appellants and the poseur-buyer.  The delivery of the illicit drug to PO3 Garcia and the receipt by the appellants of the marked money successfully consummated the buy-bust transaction.[21]

    Aside from the witnesses’ testimonies, the fact that an actual buy-bust operation took place was also evidenced by the presented documentary evidence consisting of the marked moneys used in the operation; the Booking Sheet and Arrest Report against the appellants prepared by SPO3 De Guzman; and the Joint Affidavit of Arrest executed by the members of the entrapment team.

    We also find that the totality of the presented evidence leads to an unbroken chain of custody of the confiscated item from the appellants. Indeed, in every prosecution for illegal sale of prohibited drugs, the presentation in evidence of the seized drug, as an integral part of the corpus delicti, is most material; it is vital that the identity of the prohibited drug be proved with moral certainty.  The fact that the substance bought or seized during the buy-bust operation is the same item offered in court as exhibit must also be established with the same degree of certitude.  It is in this respect that the chain of custody requirement performs its function.  It ensures that unnecessary doubts concerning the identity of the evidence are removed.[22]

    In the present case, the records reveal that after PO3 Garcia received the block of marijuana from Romulo, he handed it to SPO3 De Guzman. Afterwards, the police brought the appellants and the seized items to the police station, and marked the confiscated items. SPO3 De Guzman listed and recorded the items confiscated, and made the corresponding Receipt of Property Seized. This document was signed by the appellants, SPO3 De Guzman, SPO3 Galliguez, and SPO2 Natividad. Thereafter, SPO3 De Guzman made a request for laboratory examination addressed to the Regional Chief of the PNP Crime Laboratory in San Fernando, La Union. SPO1 Ferrer brought the request and the seized items to the PNP Crime Laboratory, where they were received by SPO4 Carlos Tampos, Jr., in the presence of P/Insp. Cid. Notably, P/Insp. Cid confirmed that the submitted specimen contained markings when it was forwarded to the crime laboratory. P/Insp. Cid placed her initials on the newspaper containing the bundle of marijuana, and again marked this bundle as evidence “A.” She then examined the samples she took from the submitted specimen, and found them positive for marijuana. Significantly, P/Insp. Cid identified the bundle of marijuana in court to be the same bundle submitted to her for examination.

    In fine, the prosecution established the crucial link in the chain of custody of the confiscated items from the time they were first seized until they were brought in the laboratory for examination and presented in court. The integrity and the evidentiary value of the marijuana seized from the appellants were duly proven not to have been compromised.

    Finally, we find unmeritorious the appellants’ defenses of denial, frame-up, and extortion. Denial is inherently a weak defense and cannot prevail over the positive identification by the prosecution. Negative and self-serving, denial deserves no weight in law when unsubstantiated by clear and convincing evidence. Corollarily, we have invariably viewed the defense of frame-up with disfavor, for it can easily be concocted and, like denial, is a common and standard line of defense in most prosecutions arising from violations of the Dangerous Drugs Act.[23] We, likewise, find the appellants’ charge of extortion to be highly suspect, considering that the appellants did not file any criminal and/or administrative cases against the concerned police officers.

    The Penalty

    Section 4, Article II, in relation to Section 20, of R.A. No. 6425, as amended by R.A. No. 7659, provides:

    Section 4. Sale, Administration, Delivery, Distribution and Transportation of Prohibited Drugs. – The penalty of reclusion perpetua to death and a fine from five hundred thousand pesos to ten million pesos shall be imposed upon any person who, unless authorized by law, shall sell, administer, deliver, give away to another, distribute, dispatch in transit or transport any prohibited drug, or shall act as a broker in any of such transactions.

    x x x x

    Section 20. Application of Penalties, Confiscation and Forfeiture of the Proceeds or Instruments of the Crime. - The penalties for offenses under Sections 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 of Article II and Sections 14, 14-A, 15 and 16 of Article III of this Act shall be applied if the dangerous drugs involved is in any of the following quantities:

    x x x x

    5. 750 grams or more of indian hemp or marijuana[.] [emphases ours.]

    In the present case, the appellants were caught selling one block of marijuana weighing 1,040 grams. Accordingly, we affirm the ruling of the RTC and the CA imposing the penalty of reclusion perpetua and a fine of P1,000,000.00 as these are the penalties provided for by law.cralaw

    WHEREFORE, in light of all the foregoing, we hereby AFFIRM the September 21, 2007 decision of the Court of Appeals in CA-G.R. CR-H.C. No. 01432.

    SO ORDERED.

    Carpio, (Chairperson), Perez, Sereno, and Reyes, JJ., concur.

    Endnotes:


    [1] Rollo, pp. 2-21; penned by Associate Justice Hakim S. Abdulwahid, and concurred in by Associate Justice Rodrigo V. Cosico and Associate Justice  Apolinario D. Bruselas, Jr.

    [2] CA rollo, pp. 21-27.

    [3] Sale, Administration, Delivery, Distribution and Transportation of Prohibited Drugs.

    [4] Possession or Use of Prohibited Drugs.

    [5] TSN, May 8, 1996, pp. 8-9.

    [6] Id. at 10-11.

    [7] Id. at 11-13.

    [8] Id. at 14-16; TSN, January 4, 1999, pp. 7-8.

    [9] TSN, May 8, 1996, pp. 18-20; TSN, January 4, 1999, pp. 9-10, 21.

    [10] TSN, May 8, 1996, p. 24; TSN, January 4, 1999, pp. 11-12.

    [11] TSN, May 8, 1996, pp. 24-25.

    [12] TSN, January 4, 1999, pp. 24-25.

    [13] TSN, May 8, 1996, p. 30; Records, p. 6.

    [14] Supra note 2.

    [15] Supra note 1.

    [16] CA rollo, pp. 59-74.

    [17] Id. at 87-112.

    [18] Cruz v. People, G.R. No. 164580, February 6, 2009, 578 SCRA 147, 152.

    [19] People of the Philippines v. Romeo Dansico y Monay,  et al., G.R. No. 178060, February 23, 2011.

    [20] See People v. Lascano, G.R. No. 172605, November 22, 2010, 635 SCRA 551, 559.

    [21] Id. at 562.

    [22] See Ruel Ampatuan “Alias Ruel” v. People of the Philippines, G.R. No. 183676, June 22, 2011.

    [23] See People v. Dulay, 468 Phil. 56 (2004).

    [G.R. No. 182197 : February 27, 2012]   PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, APPELLEE, VS. TEOFILO HONRADO AND ROMULO HONRADO, APPELLANTS.




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