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DIGEST - Manalili vs CA

DIGEST - Manalili vs CA

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Published by Richel Dean
Search and Seizure, Stop and Frisk,
Search and Seizure, Stop and Frisk,

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Published by: Richel Dean on Jun 21, 2013
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Manalili vs CAFacts:
This is a petition for certiorari seeking the reversal of CA’s decision in affirming TC’s decision on convicting Manalili of 
illegalpossession of prohibited drug violating RA 6425.Police operatives Espiritu, Lumabas and driver Enriquez conducted surveillance along the front of Kalookan Cemetery basedon the information that drug addicts were roaming around in the area, saw a man who appeared to be high on drugs andintroduced themselves as policemen. Said man avoided them and tried to resist, when they asked what the man washolding in his hand, the man held out his wallet and allowed Espiritu to examine it, who found what he suspected to becrushed mj leaves. The man was brought to the Anti-Narcotics Unit and turned out to be Manalili. The substance found on
Manalili’s wallet was sent to NBI Foresic Chemistry Section and was confirmed as mj.Manalili’s version of the story was that early afternoon he was riding in a tricycle when 3 policemen stopped the tricycle
and informed them of the suspected possession of mj, the policemen bodily searched both Manalili and the driver andupon finding nothing illegal on their persons, let the driver go but brought Manalili along to the police station. Manaliliwhile on the way to the station saw a neighbor whom he signaled to follow them and when he was again searched in thestation, he was asked to strip his pants where they found nothing illegal. Said neighbor then asked the policemen to letManalili go seeing as they had not found anything illegal but Manalili was put on a cell who was brought to a fiscal later thatday and was told not to say anything despite his saying that the policemen had not found mj on his person. Said tricycledriver and neighbor testified on court as to
how the 2 searches yielded nothing illegal on Manalili’s person.
 
Issues:
1.
 
W/N evidence seized during a stop-and-frisk is admissible.2.
 
W/N Manalili’s actions constituted a waiver of his rights.
 3.
 
W/N the evidence is sufficient to prove Manalili’s guilt.
 
Ruling:
I.
 
I. In Terry vs Ohio, a stop-and-frisk was defined as the vernacular designation of the right of a police officer to stop a citizenon the street, interrogate him and pat him for weapons: W)here a police officer observes an unusual conduct which leadshim reasonably to conclude in light of his experience that criminal activity may be afoot and that the persons with whom heis dealing may be armed and presently dangerous, where in the course of investigating this behavior he identified himself asa policeman and makes reasonable inquiries, and where nothing in the initial stages of the encounter serves to dispel hisreasonable fear for his own or others' safety, he is entitled for the protection of himself and others in the area to conduct acarefully limited search of the outer clothing of such persons in an attempt to discover weapons which might be used toassault him. Such a search is a reasonable search under the Fourth Amendment, and any weapon seized may properly beintroduced in evidence against the person from whom they were taken.It did not, however abandon the rule that the police must, whenever practicable, obtain advance judicial approval of searches and seizures through the warrant procedure, excused only by exigent circumstances. As People vs Lacernaenumerated 5 recognized exceptions to the rule against warrantless searches and seizures: 1) search incidental to lawfularrest; 2) search of moving vehicles; 3) seizure in plain view; 4) customs search; 5) waiver of the accused of his rights against
unreasonable searches and seizures. From Espiritu’s experience as a member of the Anti
-Narcotics Unit of Caloocan City
Police, Manalili’s suspicious behavior was characteristic of drug addicts who were high.
II.
SG’s contention that Manalili effectiv
ely waived the inadmissibility of the evidence illegally obtained when he failed toraise this issue or object during trial. A valid waiver of right against unreasonable searches and seizures require theconcurrence of these requisites: 1) the right to be waived existed; 2) the person waiving it had knowledge; and 3) he/shehad actual intention to relinquish the right. In this case however, it is deemed that Manalili has waived such right for failureto raise its violation before the trial court, at the earliest opportunity possible. Issues not raised below cannot be pleadedfor the first time on appeal.

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