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Philippine Supreme Court Jurisprudence > Year 2016 > August 2016 Decisions > G.R. No. 220461, August 24, 2016 - THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. SPOUSES PRIMO C. YBAÑEZ AND NILA S. YBAÑEZ, MARIS Q. REYOS, AND MICHELLE T. HUAT, Accused-Appellants.:




G.R. No. 220461, August 24, 2016 - THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. SPOUSES PRIMO C. YBAÑEZ AND NILA S. YBAÑEZ, MARIS Q. REYOS, AND MICHELLE T. HUAT, Accused-Appellants.

PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

THIRD DIVISION

G.R. No. 220461, August 24, 2016

THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. SPOUSES PRIMO C. YBAÑEZ AND NILA S. YBAÑEZ, MARIS Q. REYOS, AND MICHELLE T. HUAT, Accused-Appellants.

D E C I S I O N

PERALTA, J.:

The instant case seeks to reverse and set aside the Court of Appeals (CA) Decision1 dated January 20, 2015 in CA-G.R. CR-HC No. 04913. The CA upheld the Decision2 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Taguig City, Branch 163, dated January 11, 2011 in Criminal Case No. 134985, which found accused-appellants spouses Primo C. Ybañez and Nila S. Ybañez (the Spouses Ybañez), Mariz Q. Reyos, Michelle T. Huat guilty beyond reasonable doubt of Qualified Trafficking in Persons under Section 6(a) and (c), in relation to Sections 4(a) and 3, and penalized under Section 10(a) and (c) of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 9208, otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

An Information was filed charging the Spouses Ybañez, Reyos, and Huat with Qualified Trafficking in Persons, which reads:ChanRoblesVirtualawlibrary

That on or about March 2005 until February 15, 2007 in the City of Taguig, Metro Manila, the above-named accused PRIMO C. YBAÑEZ, NILA S. YBAÑEZ, MARIZ Q. REYOS, MICHELLE T. HUAT, in conspiracy with one another, and by means of deceit and taking advantage of the vulnerability of the victims, and for the purpose of exploitation, such as prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation, but under the pretext of domestic employment, did then and there wilfully, unlawfully and knowingly RECRUIT, RECEIVE, HARBOR AND EMPLOY, ANGELINE A. BONETE, KATE M. TURADO, VIRGIE C. ANTONIO and JENNY S. POCO, as a prostitute in Kiray Bar and KTV Club Restaurant under the pretext of being employed as GRO's (Guest Relations Officer) to their damage and prejudice.

That the crime was attended by the qualifying circumstances of minority, victims Angeline Bonete and Virgie Antonio being 15 and 17 years of age, respectively, and that the crime was committed by a syndicate and in large scale.

CONTRARY TO LAW.3chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
When arraigned on May 21, 2007, the Spouses Ybañez, Reyos, and Huat pleaded not guilty to the crime charged. Thus, trial ensued.

The factual antecedents of the case are as follows:

chanRoblesvirtualLawlibraryThe prosecution presented Angeline Bonete, Virgie Antonio, and Kate Turado as witnesses. Bonete testified that she was born on February 27, 1991. She started working as a Guest Relations Officer (GRO) on May 13, 2006 at Kiray Bar and KTV Club Restaurant (Kiray) in Taguig City, which was owned by the Spouses Ybañez, and where Reyos and Huat were working as floor managers. It was her mother who applied for her through Huat. On May 14, 2006, a customer brought her inside the Super VIP room on the second floor of the bar, and they had sexual intercourse. Before Bonete headed home at 3:00 a.m., Nila had given her P300.00 as payment. Subsequently, Bonete would also have sexual intercourse with her other customers in the Super VIP room. Virgie Antonio attested that she was born on February 24, 1989. On May 18, 2006, she ran away from home and lived in Bicutan with a certain Lovely, who was then working as a GRO at Kiray. Lovely later brought Antonio to Kiray on June 18, 2006. Nila hired her and told her to start working on the same day. During her orientation, she was told to wear a mini skirt and entertain her customers as "ka-table." On her third night, a customer brought her to the Super VIP room after paying P1,000.00 to the cashier. Inside the room, they drank beer and likewise had sexual intercourse. Antonio was also given P300.00 for her work that night. Thereafter, she would have intercourse with her other customers. Lastly, Kate Turado narrated that she had been previously employed at a club bear Kiray. In March 2005, she left said club and transferred to Kiray upon Nila and Huat's invitation. Kiray had a ground floor with a band and disco area, and a second floor with two rooms. The Super VIP room was where "gamitan" or sexual intercourse would take place, while the VIP room Was for "tyansing only." She was told that she would earn a commission of P300.00 if a customer would bring her to the Super VIP room, P120.00 for the VIP room, and P50.00 if she had ladies' drinks on the ground floor. The customer must pay at the cashier if he wanted to have sex. Turado alleged that Nila and Huat would tell them to agree to have sex even if they did not like the customers. Each time that she was brought to the Super VIP room, she would get a P300.00 commission, with or without intercourse. Aside from being "tabled" by customers, she was also made to dance in provocative outfits. After a series of tests and evaluation, Turado was found to be functioning within the mildly retarded level and is not capable of protecting herself.

Marfil Baso, a special investigator of the NBI Anti-Organized Crime Division, testified that on February 15, 2007, he was assigned to investigate an International Justice Mission (IJM) report about prostitution and illicit sexual activities at Kiray. On the same day, they held a raid briefing with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and IJM representatives where they prepared the marked money and designated poseur-customers. They dispensed with the routinary surveillance because IJM had already provided them with all the essential information about Kiray, including photos of minors who were allegedly employed there. At around 9:30 rim., Baso arrived at Kiray with his team. He and two other NBI agents then entered the bar where they were met by two women who took their orders and asked if they wanted ladies to give them company. They said yes land four ladies were sent to their table. Later, Reyos and Huat came and offered to transfer them to the Super VIP rooms on the second floor, where, they were told, they could do whatever they wanted with the girls. But should they wish to have sex with the girls, they would have to pay more. Accordingly, Baso gave P3,000.00 to Reyos and Huat for the use of the two Super VIP rooms. Immediately thereafter, Baso used his mobile phone to inform their ground commander, who then announced the raid.

NBI Forensic Chemist Loren Borines testified that she marked the six P500.00 bills used in the raid with invisible crayon and fluorescent powder. Upon ultraviolet light examination, she noted the presence of fluorescent specks and smudges on both hands of Reyos and Huat, similar to the ones placed on the marked bills.

On the other hand, Nila denied the charges and asserted that Kiray was engaged in a legitimate business. It was a business establishment where live bands would perform and barangay tanods would hold meetings. Kiray did not have private rooms and the VIP room had a glass door with no lock. There was no prostitution or lewd shows in the bar and the employees were prohibited by their rules to flirt or engage in any indecent activity with the customers. Copies of said rules were also visibly posted on the ground and second floors of the establishment. She said that on February 15, 2007, NBI agents arrived at Kiray as customers. They asked to be transferred upstairs and for two more women to join them. One of the agents asked Nila if he could take a woman out. When Nila refused, the agent became angry and banged the beer bottle on the table. She then saw her husband, Primo, being arrested by the NBI. They were then brought.to the NBI Compound, together with Reyos, Huat, Bonete, Antonio, and Turado.

On January 11, 2011, the RTC of Taguig City found the Spouses Ybañez, Reyos, and Huat guilty of Qualified Trafficking in Persons under Section 6(a) and (c), in relation to Sections 4(a) and 3, and sentenced them to suffer the penalty of life imprisonment, and ordered them to each pay a fine of P2,000,000.00, the costs, and the legal rate of interest, thus:ChanRoblesVirtualawlibrary
WHEREFORE, in light of all the foregoing considerations, accused Primo Ybañez, Nila Ybañez, Mariz Reyos, and Michelle Huat are hereby found GUILTY beyond reasonable doubt of Qualified Trafficking in Persons under Section 6 (a) and (c), in relation to Sections 4 (a) and 3, and [are] hereby sentenced to suffer life imprisonment and to each pay a fine of Two Million Pesos (P2,000,000.00), and the costs, at the legal rate of interest from the time of filing of the Information, until fully paid.

SO ORDERED.4chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
Thus, accused-appellants brought the case to the CA. On January 20, 2015, the CA affirmed the RTC Decision, to wit:ChanRoblesVirtualawlibrary
WHEREFORE, the appeal is DENIED. The Decision dated January 11, 2011 of the Regional Trial Court of Taguig City, Branch 163 in Criminal Case No. 134985 is AFFIRMED.

SO ORDERED.5chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
Accused-appellants are now before the Court, maintaining that the prosecution failed to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The appeal is devoid of merit.

Trafficking in Persons refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim's consent or knowledge, within or across national borders by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs.6 When,the trafficked person is a child, a person below 18 years of age or one who is over 18 but is unable to fully take care of or protect himself/herself from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation, or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition, the offense becomes qualified.7 As supported by their birth certificates, Bonete was merely 15 years old and Antonio was 16 when they were hired in 2006. Although Turado was more than 18 years old when she started at Kiray, she was found to be functioning within a mildly retarded level, and therefore, incapable of protecting herself from abuse and exploitation.

The complainants categorically testified that they were hired as GROs and tasked to entertain customers to the extent of even having sexual intercourse with them, and being paid commissions for said services. The bar was likewise designed with a stage where the GROs were made to dance in provocative outfits. It had a VIP room where the customers could caress and grope the girls, and a Super VIP room where they could completely satisfy their lust. Even if the claims regarding the rules prohibiting flirting and lascivious conduct between the GROs and the customers were true, the same would still not absolve accused-appellants from any liability. Said rules were merely posted as meaningless warnings and were never really intended to be implemented, as evidenced by the fact that said prohibited acts had actually been committed, tolerated, and perpetuated at Kiray.

Even assuming that their main task was to serve as waitresses, the evidence would show that Reyos and Huat did more than just serve food and beverages to the customers. As Baso claimed, they even offered to bring him and his team to the Super VIP room and they actually received the amount paid for the "additional service."

Therefore, the courts below aptly found that there was sufficient evidence that accused-appellants were indeed engaged in the recruitment of young women for the purpose of prostitution or sexual exploitation. However, in view of the demise of accused-appellants Primo C. Ybañez8 and Nila S. Ybañez,9 their names have been dropped as respondents in the instant case pursuant to Article 89 of the Revised Penal Code. Consequently, the case has been considered closed and terminated as to them.10chanrobleslaw

WHEREFORE, the appeal is DISMISSED. The Decision of the Court of Appeals, dated January 20, 2015, in CA-G.R. CR-HC No. 04913, affirming the Decision of the Regional Trial Court of Taguig City, Branch 163, dated January 11, 2011 in Criminal Case No. 134985, with respect to accused-appellants Mariz Q. Reyos and Michelle T. Huat, is hereby AFFIRMED with MODIFICATION as to the legal rate of interest. The Court finds them guilty beyond reasonable doubt of Qualified Trafficking in Persons under Section 6(a) and (c), in relation to Sections 4(a) and 3, and penalized under Section 10(a) and (c) of Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, sentences them to suffer the penalty of life imprisonment, and orders each of them to pay a fine of P2,000,000.00 and the costs, with interest at the rate of six percent (6%) per annum from the finality of this Decision until fully paid.

SO ORDERED.chanRoblesvirtualLawlibrary

Velasco, Jr., (Chairperson), Perez, Reyes, and Leonen,*JJ., concur.

Endnotes:


* Designated Additional Member in lieu of Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza, per Raffle dated October 19, 2015.

1 Penned by Associate Justice Melchor Q.C. Sadang, with Associate Justices Japar B. Dimaampao and Franchito N. Diamante; concurring; rollo, pp. 2-15.

2 Penned by Judge Leili Cruz Suarez; CA rollo, pp. 28-34.

3Id. at 28.

4Id. at 34.

5Rollo, p. 14. (Emphasis in the original)

6 Section 3(a), Republic Act No. 9208, Entitled An Act to Institute Policies to Eliminate Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, Establishing the Necessary Institutional Mechanisms for the Protection and Support of Trafficked Persons, Providing Penalties for its Violations, and for Other, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

7 Sections 3(b) and 6(a), R.A. No. 9208.

8Rollo, pp. 38-39.

9Id. at 40-41.

10 Resolution dated March 16, 2016, id. at 43-44.



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  • G.R. No. 181268, August 15, 2016 - MILAGROS HERNANDEZ, REPRESENTED BY HER ATTORNEY-IN-FACT, FE HERNANDEZ-ARCEO, Petitioner, v. EDWINA C. OCAMPO, PHILIPPINE SAVINGS BANK, FELICITAS R. MENDOZA, METROPOLITAN BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, THE SHERIFF, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BINAN, LAGUNA, AND THE REGISTER OF DEEDS, CALAMBA CITY, LAGUNA, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 177875, August 08, 2016 - ATTY. RODOLFO D. MATEO, Complainant, v. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ALBERTO G. ROMULO, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ARTHUR P. AUTEA, PRESIDENTIAL ANTI-GRAFT COMMISSION, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, JOSE J. BELTRAN, EVELYN F. DACUYCUY, C.G. DUMATAY, HIGEVO C. MANGOSING, JOEY C. CASTRO, PACITA F. BARBA, RICARDO OLARTE, BELEN I. JUAREZ, LIZA T. OLIVAR, LUISA C. BOKINGO, SANDRO JESUS T. SALES, EDGARDO T. AGBAY, EDUARDO F. PACIO, MILDRED V. BEADOY, FRANCIS B. HILARIE, MA. NERIZZA L. BERDIN, LUIS S. RONGAVTLLA, ARLENE C. DIAZ, MARY JANE M. LAPIDEZ, MELCHOR P. ABRIL, VILMA A. VERGARA, MA. ISABEL S. NOFUENTE, BEATRIZ N. SORIANO, MA. ANNABELLE S. LUSUNG, JAIME M. NOFUENTE, ERLINDA RIZO, MA. CHAREVA S. GONZALES, LILIAN P. GACUSAN, MA. ANGELICA R. RONGAVILLA, EVELYN V. AYSON, CHARITO M. MENGUITO, ARLEEN E. BATAC, RENATO R. RIZO, EDUARDO D. ADINO, MILAGROS M. VELASCO, BELEN T. TORMON, RENATO P. GOJO CRUZ AND EMMIE L. RUALES, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 185369, August 03, 2016 - J. TOBIAS M. JAVIER AND VINCENT H. PICCIO III, Petitioners, v. RHODORA J. CADIAO, ALFONSO V. COMBONG, JR., BENJAMIN E. JUANITAS, CALIXTO G. ZALDIVAR III, DANTE M. BERIONG, FERNANDO C. CORVERA, HECTOR L. FRANGUE AND KENNY S. OLANDRES, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 163494, August 03, 2016 - JESUSA T. DELA CRUZ Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 220023, August 08, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Appellee, v. DARIO TUBORO Y RAFAEL, Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 206227, August 31, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. STANLEY BUENAMER Y MANDANE, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 215954, August 01, 2016 - SPOUSES JOVEN SY AND CORAZON QUE SY, Petitioners, v. CHINA BANKING CORPORATION, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 189185, August 16, 2016 - WILFREDO MOSQUEDA, MARCELO VILLAGANES, JULIETA LAWAGON, CRISPIN ALCOMENDRAS, CORAZON SABINADA, VIRGINIA CATA-AG, FLORENCIA SABANDON, AND LEDEVINA ADLAWAN, Petitioners, v. PILIPINO BANANA GROWERS & EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION, INC., DAVAO FRUITS CORPORATION, AND LAPANDAY AGRICULTURAL AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Respondents.; G.R. No. 189305 - CITY GOVERNMENT OF DAVAO, Petitioner, v. COURT OF APPEALS, PILIPINO BANANA GROWERS & EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION (PBGEA), DAVAO FRUITS CORPORATION, AND LAPANDAY AGRICULTURAL AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 187850, August 17, 2016 - ANITA U. LORENZANA, Petitioner, v. RODOLFO LELINA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 215750, August 17, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. CARLITO TAYAO Y LAYA, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 191527, August 22, 2016 - BALIBAGO FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH, INC. AND PHILIPPINE BAPTIST S.B.C., INC., Petitioners, v. FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS BAPTIST CHURCH, INC. AND REYNALDO GALVAN, Respondent.

  • A.M. No. P-13-3137, August 23, 2016 - OFFICE OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, Complainant, v. UMAIMA L. SILONGAN, ABIE M. AMILIL, AND SALICK U. PANDA, JR., Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 170060, August 17, 2016 - DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES, Petitioner, v. CLARGES CORPORATION, REALTY Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 2404, August 17, 2016 - NILO B. DIONGZON, Petitioner, v. ATTY. WILLIAM MIRANO, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 7437, August 17, 2016 - AVIDA LAND CORPORATION (FORMERLY LAGUNA PROPERTIES HOLDINGS, INC.), Complainant, v. ATTY. AL C. ARGOSINO, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 192491, August 17, 2016 - MARY JANE G. DY CHIAO, Petitioner, v. SEBASTIAN BOLIVAR, SHERIFF IV, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH 19, IN NAGA CITY, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 220479, August 17, 2016 - PASDA, INCORPORATED, Petitioner, v. REYNALDO P. DIMAYACYAC, SR., SUBSTITUTED BY THE HEIRS, REPRESENTED BY ATTY. DEMOSTHENES D. C. DIMAYACYAC, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 219569, August 17, 2016 - HSY MARKETING LTD., CO., Petitioner, v. VIRGILIO O. VILLASTIQUE, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 205573, August 17, 2016 - HELEN LORENZO CUNANAN, Petitioner, v. COURT OF APPEALS, NINTH DIVISION, TEOFILO Q. INOCENCIO, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM REGIONAL OFFICE NO. III, AND YOLANDA MERCADO, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 9090, August 31, 2016 - TEODORO B. CRUZ, JR., Complainant, v. ATTYS. JOHN G. REYES, ROQUE BELLO AND CARMENCITA A. ROUS-GONZAGA, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 218578, August 31, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ENRICO BRIONES BADILLA, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 213187, August 24, 2016 - HAIDE BULALACAO-SORIANO, Petitioner, v. ERNESTO PAPINA, REPRESENTED BY ROSEMARY PAPINA-ZABALA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 215551, August 17, 2016 - JAKERSON G. GARGALLO, Petitioner, v. DOHLE SEAFRONT CREWING (MANILA), INC., DOHLE MANNING AGENCIES, INC., AND MR. MAYRONILO B. PADIZ, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 213241, August 01, 2016 - PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, Petitioner, v. JUAN F. VILA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 220461, August 24, 2016 - THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. SPOUSES PRIMO C. YBAÑEZ AND NILA S. YBAÑEZ, MARIS Q. REYOS, AND MICHELLE T. HUAT, Accused-Appellants.

  • A.C. No. 9464, August 24, 2016 - INTERADENT ZAHNTECHNIK, PHIL., INC., REPRESENTED BY LUIS MARCO I. AVANCEÑA, Complainant, v. ATTY. REBECCA S. FRANCISCO-SIMBILLO, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 200157, August 31, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. JOERY DELIOLA Y BARRIDO, A.K.A. "JAKE DELIOLA," Accused-Appellant.

  • A.M. No. P-16-3418 (Formerly A.M. No. P-12-3-46-RTC), August 08, 2016 - OFFICE OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, Complainant, v. ANTONIA P. ESPEJO, STENOGRAPHER III, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH 20, VIGAN CITY, ILOCOS SUR, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 222658, August 17, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MARIO GALIA BAGAMANO, Accused-Appellant.

  • A.M. No. P-16-3515 (Formerly OCA I.P.I. No. 15-4401-P), August 10, 2016 - ARNOLD G. TECSON, Complainant, v. ATTY. MARICEL LILLED ASUNCION-ROXAS, CLERK OF COURT VI, BRANCH 23, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, TRECE MARTIRES CITY, CAVITE, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 212340, August 17, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. GERRJAN MANAGO Y ACUT, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 214186, August 03, 2016 - RODFHEL BACLAAN, TORREFIEL, MYRA SUACILLO, LORLIE ORENDAY, SHEELA LAO, AND LEODELYN LIBOT, Petitioners, v. BEAUTY LANE PHILS., INC/MS. MA. HENEDINA D. TOBOJKA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 195138, August 24, 2016 - NATIONAL TRANSMISSION CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. MISAMIS ORIENTAL I ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC., Respondent.

  • A.M. No. P-16-3490 [Formerly OCA IPI No. 14-4278-P], August 30, 2016 - JUDGE FE GALLON-GAYANILO, Complainant, v. ERIC C. CALDITO, PROCESS SERVER, BRANCH 35, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, ILOILO CITY, ILOILO,, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 11317, August 23, 2016 - ETHELENE W. SAN JUAN, Complainant, v. ATTY. FREDDIE A. VENIDA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 215715, August 31, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. EDCEL COLORADA, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 220608, August 31, 2016 - MARCELINO T. TAMIN, Petitioner, v. MAGSAYSAY MARITIME CORPORATION AND/OR MASTERBULK PTE. LTD., Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 185473, August 17, 2016 - BERNADETTE IDA ANG HIGA, Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 200577, August 17, 2016 - CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, Petitioner, v. CAROLINA P. JUEN, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 185638, August 10, 2016 - HONORABLE ALVIN P. VERGARA, IN HIS CAPACITY AS CITY MAYOR OF CABANATUAN CITY, AND SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD OF CABANATUAN CITY, Petitioners, v. LOURDES MELENCIO S. GRECIA, REPRESENTED BY RENATO GRECIA, AND SANDRA MELENCIO IN REPRESENTATION OF MA. PAZ SALGADO VDA. DE MELENCIO, CONCHITA MELENCIO, CRISTINA MELENCIO AND LEONARDO MELENCIO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 190143, August 10, 2016 - SPOUSES LOLITA ORENCIA AND PEDRO D. ORENCIA, Petitioners, v. FELISA CRUZ VDA. DE RANIN, REPRESENTED BY HER ATTORNEY-IN-FACT, MRS. ESTELA C. TANCHOCO, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 11350 [Formerly CBD Case No. 14-4211], August 09, 2016 - ADEGOKE R. PLUMPTRE, Complainant, v. ATTY. SOCRATES R. RIVERA, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 9920 [Formerly A.M. No. MTJ-07-1691], August 30, 2016 - OFFICE OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, Complainant, v. FORMER JUDGE ROSABELLA M. TORMIS, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 198756, August 16, 2016 - BANCO DE ORO, BANK OF COMMERCE, CHINA BANKING CORPORATION, METROPOLITAN BANK & TRUST COMPANY, PHILIPPINE BANK OF COMMUNICATIONS, PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, PHILIPPINE VETERANS BANK, AND PLANTERS DEVELOPMENT BANK, Petitioners; RIZAL COMMERCIAL BANKING CORPORATION AND RCBC CAPITAL CORPORATION, Petitioners-Intervenors; CAUCUS OF DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS, Petitioner-Intervenor, v. REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE, SECRETARY OF FINANCE, DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE, THE NATIONAL TREASURER, AND BUREAU OF TREASURY, Respondents.

  • A.C. No. 7178, August 23, 2016 - VICENTE M. GIMENA, Complainant, v. ATTY. SALVADOR T. SABIO, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 199239, August 24, 2016 - PERCY MALONESIO, IN HIS CAPACITY AS GENERAL MANAGER OF AIR TRANSPORTATION OFFICE (ATO), Petitioner, v. ARTURO M. JIZMUNDO, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 216146, August 24, 2016 - ALFREDO L. CHUA, TOMAS L. CHUA AND MERCEDES P. DIAZ, Petitioners, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. Nos. 187822-23, August 03, 2016 - EVER ELECTRICAL MANUFACTURING, INC., VICENTE C. GO AND GEORGE C. GO, Petitioners, v. PHILIPPINE BANK OF COMMUNICATIONS (PBCOM), REPRESENTED BY ITS VICE-PRESIDENT, MR. DOMINGO S. AURE, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 220399, August 22, 2016 - ENRIQUE Y. SAGUN, Petitioner, v. ANZ GLOBAL SERVICES AND OPERATIONS (MANILA), INC., GAY CRUZADA, AND PAULA ALCARAZ, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 174379, August 31, 2016 - E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND CO. (ASSIGNEE OF INVENTORS CARINI, DUNCIA AND WONG), Petitioner, v. DIRECTOR EMMA C. FRANCISCO (IN HER CAPACITY AS DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE), DIRECTOR EPIFANIO M. EVASCO (IN HIS CAPACITY AS THE DHUECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF PATENTS), AND THERAPHARMA, INC., Respondents.

  • A.M. No. P-16-3541 [Formerly OCA IPI No. 12-3915-P], August 30, 2016 - SYLVIA G. CORPUZ, Complainant, v. CEFERINA B. RIVERA, COURT STENOGRAPHER III, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF DAVAO CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR, BRANCH 12, Respondent.; A.M. No. P-16-3542 [FORMERLY OCA IPI No. 13-4049-P] - PRESIDING JUDGE RUFINO S. FERRARIS, JR., MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT IN CITIES OF DAVAO CITY, BRANCH 7, Complainant, v. CEFERINA B. RIVERA, COURT STENOGRAPHER III, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF DAVAO CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR, BRANCH 12, Respondent.; A.M. No. P-16-3543 [FORMERLY OCA IPI No. 13-4074-P] - IRINEO F. MARTINEZ, JR., Complainant, v. CEFERINA B. RIVERA, COURT STENOGRAPHER III, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF DAVAO CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR, BRANCH 12, RESPONDENT.; OCA IPI No. 14-2731-MTJ - CEFERINA B. RIVERA, COURT STENOGRAPHER III, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF DAVAO CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR, BRANCH 12, Complainant, v. PRESIDING JUDGE RUFINO S. FERRARIS, JR., MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT IN CITIES OF DAVAO CITY, BRANCH 7, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 8698, August 31, 2016 - MANUEL B. BERNALDEZ, Complainant, v. ATTY. WILMA DONNA C. ANQUILO-GARCIA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 198160, August 31, 2016 - VICTORIA P. CABRAL, Petitioner, v. GREGORIA ADOLFO, GREGORIO LAZARO AND HEIRS OF ELIAS POLICARPIO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 209385, August 31, 2016 - REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, Petitioner, v. SALUD ABALOS AND JUSTINA CLARISSA P. MAMARIL, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 189289, August 31, 2016 - GLORIA ZOLETA-SAN AGUSTIN, Petitioner, v. ERNESTO SALES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 199431, August 31, 2016 - STA. FE REALTY, INC. AND VICTORIA SANDEJAS FABREGAS, Petitioners, v. JESUS M. SISON, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 221848, August 30, 2016 - FIELD INVESTIGATION OFFICE OF THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN, Petitioner, v. REY RUECA CASTILLO, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 218086, August 10, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. CHARLIE BALISONG, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 197356, August 24, 2016 - EMILIO A. AQUINO, Petitioner, v. CARMELITA TANGKENGKO, MORRIS TANGKENGKO AND RANILLO TANGKENGKO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 183173, August 24, 2016 - THE CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PALAWAN COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND THE PALAWAN COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Petitioners, v. EJERCITO LIM, DOING BUSINESS AS BONANZA AIR SERVICES, AS REPRESENTED BY HIS ATTORNEY-IN-FACT, CAPT. ERNESTO LIM, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 199497, August 24, 2016 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. DELIA CAMANNONG, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 211724, August 24, 2016 - IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRY (CHANGE OF FAMILY NAME IN THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF FELIPE C. ALMOJUELA AS APPEARING IN THE RECORDS OF THE NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE), FELIPE C. ALMOJUELA, Petitioner, v. REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 219071, August 24, 2016 - SPOUSES CHARITO M. REYES AND ROBERTO REYES, AND SPOUSES VILMA M. MARAVILLO AND DOMINGO MARAVILLO, JR., Petitioners, v. HEIRS OF BENJAMIN MALANCE,* NAMELY: ROSALINA M. MALANCE, BERNABE M. MALANCE, BIENVENIDO M. MALANCE, AND DOMINGA** M. MALANCE, REPRESENTED BY BIENVENIDO M. MALANCE, Respondents.