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Remedial Law Digest Cases

Remedial Law Digest Cases

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Facts: The RTC rendered a decision convicting A of the crime of homicide. The only discussion
in the decision of the evidence is in the following sentences: “Their testimony convinced the
Court. On the other hand, accused’s evidence bears the indicia of fabrication. Defense
witnesses from their demeanor, manner of testifying and evasive answers were far from
credible. From the evidence on record, the Court believes and so hold that the prosecution has
satisfactory proved the accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Prosecution’s witnesses
testified in a straightforward manner.

Issue: Whether the RTC satisfied the constitutional standard of clear and distinct articulation of
the facts and law in its decision

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REMEDIAL LAW
DIGESTS
ATENEO BAR OPERATIONS 2001

Held: No. The RTC’s decision, for all its length – 23 pages – contains no analysis of the
evidence of the parties nor reference to any legal basis in reaching its conclusion. It contains
nothing more than a summary of the testimonies of the witnesses of both parties. It does not
indicate what the trial court found in the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses to consider the
same “straightforward”.

DEMURRER TO EVIDENCE

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