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The following are jurisprudential gems that must be read by every law student in

order to fully understand criminal law. This list is updated from time to time.

People vs. Bon, G.R. No. 166401, 30 October 2006


People vs. Delos Santos, G.R. No. 135919, 09 May 2003, 403 SCRA 153
Velasco vs. People, G.R. No. 166479, 28 February 2006, 483 SCRA 649
Resay vs. People, G.R. No. 154502, 27 April 2007
People vs. Zeta, G.R. No. 178541, 27 March 2008
Quinto vs. Andres, G.R. No. 155791, 16 March 2005, 453 SCRA 511
People vs. Valledor, G.R. No. 129291, 03 July 2002, 383 SCRA 653
Perez vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 143838, 09 May 2002, 382 SCRA 182
People vs. Caballero, 149028-30, 02 April 2003, 400 SCRA 424
People vs. Palaganas, G.R. No. 165483, 12 September 2006
People vs. Gonzalez, G.R. No. 139542, 21 June 2001, 359 SCRA 220
G.R. No. 138943, 17 September 2001, 365 SCRA 373
People vs. Aca-ac, G.R. No. 142500, 20 April 2001, 357 SCRA 373
Valenzuela vs. People, G.R. No. 160188, 21 June 2007, 525 SCRA 306
People vs. Buntag, G.R. No. 123070, 14 April 2004, 427 SCRA 180
People vs. Comadre, G.R. No. 153559, 08 June 2004, 431 SCRA 366
People vs. Manijas, G.R. No. 148699, 15 November 2002, 391 SCRA 731
People vs. Compo, G.R. No. 112990, 28 May 2001, 358 SCRA 266
People vs. Ramos, G.R. No. 135204, 14 April 2004, 427 SCRA 299
People vs. Galvez, G.R. No. 157221, 30 March 2007
Ladonga vs. People, G.R. No. 141066, 17 February 2005, 451 SCRA 673
People vs. Enfectana, G.R. No. 132028, 19 April 2002, 381 SCRA 359
Manaban vs. CA, G.R. No. 150723, 11 July 2006, 494 SCRA 503
People vs. Pateo, G.R. No. 156786, 03 June 2004, 43O SCRA 604
People vs. Arnante, G.R. No. 148724, 15 October 2002, 391 SCRA 155
People vs. Court of Appeals and Tangan, G.R. Nos. 103613 and 105830, 23 February
2001, 352 SCRA 599
People vs. San Juan, G.R. No. 144505, 06 August 2002, 386 SCRA 400
People vs. Tejero, G.R. No. 135050, 19 April 2002, 381 SCRA 382
People vs. Geneblazo, G.R. No. 133580, 20 July 2001, 361 SCRA 572
People vs. Caguing, G.R. No. 139822, 06 December 2000, 347 SCRA 374
Sanchez vs. People, G.R. No. 161007, 06 December 2006
People vs. Vicente, G.R. No. 137296, 26 June 2003, 405 SCRA 40
Senoja vs. People, G.R. No. 160341, 19 October 2004, 440 SCRA 695
People vs. Dagani, G.R. No. 153875, 16 August 2006
People vs. Rabanal, G.R. No. 146687, 22 August 2002, 387 SCRA 85
Rimano vs. People, G.R. No.156567, 27 November 2003, 416 SCRA 569
People vs. Annibong, G.R. No. 139879, 08 May 2003, 403 SCRA 92
Ty vs. People, G.R. No. 149275, 27 September 2004, 439 SCRA 220
Mamangun vs. People, G.R. No. 149152, 02 February 2007
People vs. Robiños, G.R. No. 138453, 29 May 2002, 382 SCRA 751
Jose vs. People, G.R. No. 162052, 13 January 2005, 448 SCRA 116
People vs. Concepcion, G.R. No. 136844, 01 August 2002, 386 SCRA 74
People vs. Pacis, G.R. No. 146309, 18 July 2002, 384 SCRA 696
Chang vs. People, G.R. No. 165111, 21 July 2006, 496 SCRA 321
People vs. Sta. Maria, G.R. No. 171019, 23 February 2007
People vs. Beltran, G.R. No. 168051, 27 September 2006
Romera vs. People, G.R No. 151978, 14 July 2004, 434 SCRA 467
People vs. Malejana, G.R. No. 145002, 24 January 2006, 479 SCRA 610
Andrada vs. People, G.R. No. 135222, 04 March 2005, 452 SCRA 685
People vs. Montinola, G.R. Nos. 131856-57, 09 July 2001, 360 SCRA 631
People vs. Dawaton, G.R. No. 146247, 17 September 2002, 389 SCRA 277
Davalos vs. People, G.R. No. 145229, 20 April 2006, 488 SCRA 84
Kimpo vs. Sandiganbayan
People vs. Mendoza, G.R. No. 133382, 09 March 2000, 327 SCRA 695
People vs. Villamor, G.R. Nos. 140407-08, 15 January 2002, 373 SCRA 254
People vs. Perreras, G.R. No. 139622, 31 July 2001, 362 SCRA 202)
People vs. Rios, G.R. No. 132632, 19 June 2000, 333 SCRA 823
People vs. Dela Torre, G.R. No. 98431, 15 January 2002, 373 SCRA 104
People vs. Taño, G.R. No. 133872, 05 May 2000, 331 SCRA 448
People vs. Arrojado, G.R. No. 130492, 31 January 2001, 350 SCRA 679
People vs. Silva, G.R. No. 140871, 08 August 2002, 387 SCRA 77
People vs. Librando, G.R. No. 132251, 06 July 2000, 335 SCRA 232
People vs. Mondijar, G.R. No. 141194, 21 November 2002, 392 SCRA 356
People vs. Campomanes, G.R. No. 132568, 06 February 2002, 376 SCRA 307
People vs. Ventura, G.R. Nos. 148145-46, 05 July 2004, 433 SCRA 389
People vs. Labuguen, G.R. No. 127849, 09 August 2000, 337 SCRA 488
People vs. Lobrigas, G.R. 147649, 17 December 2002, 394 SCRA 170
People vs. Sansaet, G.R. No. 139330, 06 February 2002, 376 SCRA 426
People vs. Ausa, G.R. No. 174194, 20 March 2007
People vs. Hammer, G.R. No. 147836, 17 December 2002, 394 SCRA 182
People vs. Hormina, G.R. No. 144383, 16 January 2004, 420 SCRA 102
People vs. Delmindo, G.R. No. 146810, 27 May 2004, 429 SCRA 546
People vs. Calago, G.R. No. 141122, 22 April 2002, 381 SCRA 448
People vs. Magbanua, G.R. No. 133004, 20 May 2004, 428 SCRA 617
People vs. Ilo, G.R. No. 140731, 21 November 2002, 392 SCRA 326
People vs. Caratao, G.R. No. 126281, 10 June 2003, 403 SCRA 482
People vs. Loterono, G.R. No. 146100, 13 November 2002, 391 SCRA 593
People vs. Escote, 140756, 04 April 2003, 400 SCRA 603
People vs. Ancheta, G.R. No. 143935, 04 June 2004, 431 SCRA 42
People vs. Costales, G.R. Nos. 141154-56, 15 January 2002, 373 SCRA 269
People vs. Catapang, G.R. No. 128126, 25 June 2001, 359 SCRA 459
People vs. Parreno, G.R. No. 144343, 07 July 2004, 433 SCRA 591
People vs. Enguito, G.R. No. 128812, 28 February 2000, 326 SCRA 508
People vs. Mallari, G.R. No. 145993, 17 June 2003, 404 SCRA 170
People vs. Catian, G.R. No. 139693, 24 January 2002, 374 SCRA 514
People vs. Baroy, G.R. Nos. 137520-22, 09 May 2002, 382 SCRA 56
People vs. Tadeo, G.R. Nos. 127660 and144011-12, 17 September 2002, 389 SCRA
20
People vs. Ladjaalam, G.R. Nos. 136149-51, 19 September 2000, 340 SCRA 617
People vs. Bernal, G.R. Nos. 132791 and 140465-66, 02 September 2002, 388 SCRA
211
People vs. Vasquez, G.R. No. 123939, 28 May 2004, 430 SCRA 52
People vs. Roche, G.R. No. 115182, 06 April 2000, 330 SCRA 91
People vs. Garcia, G.R. Nos. 133489 and 143970, 15 January 2002, 373 SCRA 134
Garcia vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 134730, 18 September 2000, 340 SCRA 545
People vs. Tolentino, G.R. No. 139179, 03 April 2002, 380 SCRA 171)
People vs. Antonio, G.R. No. 128900, 14 July 2000, 335 SCRA 646
People vs. Obedo, G.R. No. 123054, 10 June 2003, 403 SCRA 431
People vs. Dimaano, G.R. No. 168168, 14 September 2005, 469 SCRA 647
People vs. Latupan, G.R. Nos. 112453-56, 28 June 2001, 360 SCRA 60
People vs. Ramirez, G.R. No. 138261, 17 April 2001, 356 SCRA 595
People vs. Sanidad, G.R. No. 146099, 30 April 2003, 402 SCRA 381
People vs. delos Santos, G.R. No. 131588, 27 March 2001, 355 SCRA 415
People vs. Garcia, G.R. No. 141125, 28 February 2002, 378 SCRA 266
People vs. Abungan, G.R. No. 136843, 28 September 2000, 341 SCRA 258
Recebido vs. People, G.R. No. 141931, 04 December 2000, 346 SCRA 881
Brillante vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. Nos. 118757 and 121571, 19 October 2004, 440
SCRA 541
Del Castillo vs. Torrecampo and People, G.R. No. 139033, 18 December 2002, 394
SCRA 221
Pangan vs. Gatbalite, G.R. No. 141718, 21 January 2005, 449 SCRA 144
People vs. Patriarca, G.R. No. 135457, 29 September 2000, 341 SCRA 464
Basilio vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 113433, 17 March 2000, 328 SCRA 341
Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines vs. People, G.R. No. 147703, 14 April 2004, 427 SCRA
526
Pangonorom and MMTC vs. People, G.R. No. 143380, 11 April 2005, 455 SCRA 211
Astorga vs. People, G.R No. 154130, 20 August 2004, 437 SCRA 152
People vs. Oliva, G.R. No. 106826, 18 January 2001, 341 SCRA 78
People vs. Silongan, G.R. No. 137182, 24 April 2003, 401 SCRA 459
Rivera vs. People, G.R. No. 138553, 30 June 2005, 462 SCRA 350
Adaza vs. Sandiganbayan, G.R. No. 154886, 28 July 2005, 464 SCRA 460
Goma vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 168437, 08 January 2009
Lumancas vs. Intas, G.R. No. 133472, 05 December 2000, 347 SCRA 22
Villanueva vs. Secretary of Justice, G.R. No. 162187, 18 November 2005, 475 SCRA
495
Fernando vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 159751, 06 December 2006
Balderama vs. People, G.R. Nos. 147598-605, 28 January 2008
Merencillo vs. People, G.R. Nos. 142369-70, 13 April 2007
Garcia vs. Sandiganbayan, G.R. No. 155574, 20 November 2006
People vs. Ting Lan Uy, G.R. No. 157399, 17 November 2005, 475 SCRA 248
Barriga vs. Sandiganbayan, G.R. Nos. 161784-86, 26 April 2005, 457 SCRA 301
Perez vs. People, G.R. No. 164763, 12 February 2008
Pondevida vs. Sandiganbayan, G.R. Nos. 160929-31, 16 August 2005, 467 SCRA 219
Agullo vs. Sandiganbayan, G.R. No. 132926, 20 July 2001, 361 SCRA 556
Chan vs. Sandiganbayan, G.R. No. 149613, 09 August 2005, 466 SCRA 190
Abdulla vs. People, G.R. No. 150129, 06 April 2005, 455 SCRA 78
Tetangco vs. Ombudsman, G.R. No. 156427, 20 January 2006, 479 SCRA 249
Rivera vs. People, G.R. No. 166326, 25 January 2006, 480 SCRA 188
People vs. Whisenhunt, G.R. No. 123819, 14 November 2001, 386 SCRA 586
People vs. Unlagada, G.R. No. 141080, 17 September 2002, 389 SCRA 224
Li vs. People, G.R. No. 127962, 14 April 2004, 427 SCRA 217
People vs. Buban, G.R. No. 166895, 24 January 2007
People vs. Olaybar, G.R. Nos. 130630-31, 01 October 2003, 412 SCRA 490
People vs. Fetalino, G..R. No. 174472, 19 June 2007
People vs. Jalosjos, G.R. Nos. 132875-76, 16 November 2001, 369 SCRA 179.
People vs. Basquez, G.R. No. 144035, 27 September 2001, 366 SCRA 154
People vs. Plurad, G.R. Nos. 138361-63, 03 December 2002, 393 SCRA 306
People vs. Soriano, G.R. Nos. 142779-95, 29 August 2002, 388 SCRA 140
People vs. Gondaway, G.R. Nos. 144344-68, 23 July 2002, 385 SCRA 155
People vs. Paycana, G.R. No. 179035, 16 April 2008
People vs. Muit, G.R. 181043, 08 October 2008
People vs. Mamantak, G.R. 174659, 28 July 2008
People vs. Suriaga, G.R. No. 123779, 17 April 2002, 381 SCRA 159
People vs. Tan, G.R. No. 177566, 26 March 2008
People vs. Castro, G.R. No. 132726, 23 July 2002, 385 SCRA 24
People vs. Ejandra, G.R. No. 134203, 27 May 2004, 429 SCRA 364
People vs. Solangon, G.R. No. 172693, 21 November 2007.
People vs. Pastrana, G.R. No. 143644, 14 August 2002, 387 SCRA 342
People vs. Bernardo, G.R. No. 144316, 11 March 2002, 378 SCRA 708
Maderazo vs. People, G.R. No. 165065, 26 September 2006
People vs. Reyes, G.R. No.135682, 26 March 2003, 399 SCRA 528
De Guzman vs. People, G.R. No.166502, October 2008
People vs. Lara, G.R. No. 171449, 23 October 2006
People vs. Milliam, G.R. No. 129071, 31 January 2000, 324 SCRA 155
People vs. Reyes, G.R. No. 153119, 13 April 2004, 427 SCRA 28
People vs. Jabiniao, G.R. No. 179499, 30 April 2008
People vs. Temanel, G.R. Nos. 97138-39, 28 September 2000, 341 SCRA 319
People vs. Zuela, G.R. No. 112177, 28 January 2000, 323 SCRA 589
People vs. Dinamling, G.R. No. 134605, 12 March 2002, 379 SCRA 107
People vs. Napalit, G.R. No. 142919, 04 February 2003, 396 SCRA 687
People vs. Fabon, G.R. No. 133226, 16 March 2000, 328 SCRA 302
People vs. Moreno, G.R. No. 140033, 25 January 2002, 374 SCRA 667
People vs. Verceles, G.R. No. 130650, 10 September 2002, 388 SCRA 515
People vs. Seguis, G.R. No. 135034, 18 January 2001, 349 SCRA 547
People vs. Gano, G.R. No. 134373, 28 February 2001, 353 SCRA 126
People vs. Regala
Laurel vs. Abrogar, G.R. No. 155076, 13 January 2009
People vs. dela Cruz, G.R. No. 125936, 23 February 2000, 326 SCRA 324
Cariaga vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 143561, 09 June 2001, 358 SCRA 583
Roque vs. People, G.R. No. 138954, 25 November 2004, 444 SCRA 98
Murao vs. People, G.R. No. 141485, 30 June 2005, 462 SCRA 366
Nepomoceno vs. People, G.R. No. 166246, 30 April 2008
Cosme vs. People, G.R. No. 149753, 27 November 2006
Lee vs. People, G.R. No. 157781, 11 April 2005, 455 SCRA 256
Salazar vs. People, G.R. No. 149472, 15 October 2002, 391 SCRA 162
People vs. Comila, G.R. No. 171448, 28 February 2007
People vs. Dinglasan, G.R. No. 133645, 17 September 2002, 389 SCRA 71
People vs. Reyes, G.R. No. 154159, 31 March 2005, 454 SCRA 635
People vs. Nagrampa, G.R. No. 146211, 06 August 2002, 386 SCRA 412
Flores vs. People, G.R. Nos. 146921-22, 31 January 2002, 375 SCRA 491
People vs. Holzer, G.R. No. 132323, 20 July 2000, 336 SCRA 319.
Dy vs. People, G.R. No. 158312, 14 November 2008
People vs. Ojeda, G.R. Nos. 104238-58, 03 June 2004, 430 SCRA 436
Ong vs. People, G.R. No. 165275, 23 September 2008
People vs. Durano, G.R. No. 175316, 28 March 2007
Recuerdo vs. People, G.R. No. 168217, 27 June 2006, 493 SCRA 517
People vs. Malngan, G.R. No. 170470, 26 September 2006
Manuel vs. People, G.R. No. 165482, 29 November 2005, 476 SCRA 461
Morigo vs. People, G.R. No. 145226, 06 February 2004, 422 SCRA 376
Binay vs. Secretary of Justice, G.R. No. 170643, 08 September 2006
Figueroa vs. People, G.R. No. 159813, 09 August 2006
Magno vs. People, G.R. No. 133896, 27 January 2006, 480 SCRA 276
Buatis vs. People, G.R. No. 142509, 24 March 2006, 485 SCRA 275
Brillante vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. Nos. 118757 and 121571, 19 October 2004, 440
SCRA 541
Jalandoni vs. Hon. Secretary of Justice, G.R. Nos. 115239-40, 02 March 2000, 327
SCRA 107
Guingguing vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 128959, 30 September 2005, 471 SCRA
196
220 CA-G.R. CR No. 13561, 06 November 1995
Fermin vs. People, G.R. No. 157643, 28 March 2008
Tulfo vs. People, G.R. No. 161032, 16 September 2008
Villanueva vs. People, G.R. No. 160351, 10 April 2006, 487 SCRA 42
Loney vs. People, G.R. No. 152644, 10 February 2006, 482 SCRA 194
Slight Oral Defamation:

Poking a dirty finger at complainant constitutes Slight Oral Defamation (Villanueva vs People)

Lest we be misconstrued, the Court does not condone the vilification or use of scurrilous
language on the part of petitioner, but following the rule that all possible circumstances
favorable to the accused must be taken in his favor, it is our considered view that the slander
committed by petitioner can be characterized as slight slander following the doctrine that
uttering defamatory words in the heat of anger, with some provocation on the part of the
offended party, constitutes only a light felony.

Moreover, pointing a dirty finger ordinarily connotes the phrase Fuck You, which is similar to
the expression Puta or Putang Ina mo, in local parlance. Such expression was not held to be
libelous in Reyes v. People,[38] where the Court said that: This is a common enough expression in
the dialect that is often employed, not really to slander but rather to express anger or
displeasure. It is seldom, if ever, taken in its literal sense by the hearer, that is, as a reflection on
the virtues of a mother. Following Reyes, and in light of the fact that there was a perceived
provocation coming from complainant, petitioners act of pointing a dirty finger at complainant
constitutes simple slander by deed, it appearing from the factual milieu of the case that the act
complained of was employed by petitioner "to express anger or displeasure" at complainant for
procrastinating the approval of his leave monetization. While it may have cast dishonor,
discredit or contempt upon complainant, said act is not of a serious nature, thus, the penalty
shall be arresto menor meaning, imprisonment from one day to 30 days or a fine not
exceeding P200.00. We opt to impose a fine following Mari