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SEVILLA, Petitioner,
FACTS: Sevilla, a former councilor of Malabon City, was charged with the felony of falsification of
public document, penalized under Article 171(4) of the RPC. Taking advantage of his official position
and committing the offense in relation to duty, did then and there wilfully, unlawfully, and feloniously
make a false statement in a narration of facts, the truth of which he is legally bound to disclose, by
stating in his C.S. Form 212, dated 02 July 2001 or Personal Data Sheet, an official document, which
he submitted to the Office of the Secretariat, Malabon City Council and, in answer to Question No.
25 therein, he stated that no criminal case is pending against him, when in fact, as the accused fully
well knew, he is an accused in Criminal Case No. 6718-97, entitled "People of the Philippines versus
Venancio Sevilla and Artemio Sevilla", for Assault Upon An Agent Of A Person In Authority, pending
before the Metropolitan Trial Court of Malabon City, Branch 55, thereby perverting the truth.
ISSUES: Whether or not Venancio is liable for falsification of public document?
HELD: VENANCIO M. SEVILLA is found GUILTY of Falsification of Public Documents through
Reckless Imprudence and pursuant to Art. 365 of the Revised Penal Code hereby imposes upon him
in the absence of any modifying circumstances the penalty of four (4) months of arresto mayoras
minimum to two (2) years ten (10) months and twenty one (21) days of prision correccional as
maximum, and to pay the costs. There is no pronouncement as to civil liability as the facts from
which it could arise do [es] not appear to be indubitable.