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Philippine Supreme Court Jurisprudence > Year 1954 > April 1954 Decisions > G.R. No. L-5631 April 27, 1954 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. FELIX GARCIA

094 Phil 814:




PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

EN BANC

[G.R. No. L-5631. April 27, 1954.]

THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. FELIX GARCIA Y FULGENCIO, Defendant-Appellant.

Apolinar F. Tolentino for Appellant.

Assistant Solicitor General Francisco Carreon and Solicitor Pacifico P. de Castro for Appellee.


SYLLABUS


CRIMINAL LAW; SALE OF TICKETS FOR "LLAVE" RACES OF PHILIPPINE CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES NOT PUNISHED UNDER ACT NO. 4130 AS AMENDED BY COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 301. — The sale of tickets for "llave" races of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, which are different from, and not, tickets issued by said corporation, is not punishable under Act No. 4130 as amended by Commonwealth Act No. 301, or under any other statute at present.


D E C I S I O N


PARAS, J.:


The defendant Felix Garcia y Fulgencio was charged in the Court of First Instance of Manila with having sold tickets for "llave" races of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, in violation of Act 4130, as amended by Commonwealth Act No. 301. Upon arraignment on March 17, 1952, he entered a plea of guilty; whereupon the court rendered a decision finding him guilty as charged, and sentencing him to undergo one month of imprisonment, with the accessories of the law, and to pay the costs. The defendant has appealed, contending that the lower court erred (1) in entering a plea of guilty, and (2) in rendering judgment under an information that charges no offense.

The second assignment of error, with which the Solicitor-General agrees, being well-taken, there is no need of passing upon the first. The pertinent provision of Act No. 4130, as amended by Commonwealth Act No. 301, penalizes with imprisonment for not less than one month nor more than three years, any person who, without being a duly authorized agent of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, sells tickets of said corporation or, being such agent, sells tickets, fractions or coupons thereof not issued by the corporation, representing or tending to represent an interest in tickets issued by the corporation.

The appellant is accused of selling tickets for "llave" races of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes which are different from and not tickets issued by said corporation, or tickets not issued by it representing or tending to represent an interest in tickets issued by said corporation. The law relied upon does not include "llave" tickets for Sweepstakes races. Neither was there any other statute that prohibited and punished the act imputed to the Appellant.

The decision appealed from is, therefore, hereby reversed and the information dismissed. So ordered without costs.

Pablo, Bengzon, Montemayor, Reyes, Jugo, Bautista Angelo, Labrador and Concepcion, JJ., concur.




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