Monday, November 25, 2013

What if I killed or injured my spouse when I caught him/her in the act of committing sexual intercourse with another person?

The law provides that “any legally married person who, having surprised his spouse in the act of committing sexual intercourse with another person, shall kill any of them or both of them in the act or immediately thereafter, or shall inflict upon them any serious physical injury, shall suffer the penalty of destierro” (RPC, Article 247). The accused spouse, which could be the husband or the wife, must prove the following:

A legally married person (or a parent) surprises his spouse (or his daughter, under 18 years of age and living with him), in the act of committing sexual intercourse with another person.
He or she kills any or both of them or inflicts upon any or both of them any serious physical injury in the act or immediately thereafter.
He has not promoted or facilitated the prostitution of his wife (or daughter) or that he or she has not consented to the infidelity of the other spouse.
The accused must proved that he/she actually surprised the other spouse in flagrante delicto (or in the act of doing the deed), and that he/she killed the other spouse and/or the other party during or immediately thereafter.

Sources: Revised Penal Code; People vs. Nepomuceno, G.R. No. L-40624, 27 June 1975; Pilapil vs. Ibay-Somera, G.R. No. 80116, 30 June 1989; Ligtas vs. CA, G.R. No. L-47498, 7 May 1987; People vs. Puedan, G.R. No. 139576, 2 September 2002; People vs. Bastasa, G.R. No. L-32792, 2 February 1979

What is destierro?

Destierro means banishment or only a prohibition from residing within the radius of 25 kilometers from the actual residence of the accused for a specified length of time. It is not imprisonment.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What is bigamy?


Bigamy is basically the act of marrying again while the first marriage is still subsisting. It is defined under Article 349 of the RPC as the contracting of a second or subsequent marriage before the former marriage has been legally dissolved, or before the absent spouse has been declared presumptively dead by means of a judgment rendered in the proper proceeding.


In a case for bigamy, all the following matters or “elements” must be shown by the prosecution:

1. The offender has been legally married.
2. The marriage has not been legally dissolved or, in case his or her spouse is absent, the absent spouse could not yet be presumed dead according to the Civil Code.
3. He/she contracts a second or subsequent marriage.
4. The second or subsequent marriage has all the essential requisites for validity.

A pending petition for annulment or a declaration of nullity of marriage does not have any effect on a criminal case for bigamy. Refer to our previous discussion on this.

How is bigamy different from adultery/concubinage?

In adultery/concubinage, the law requires that both culprits, if both are alive, should he prosecuted or included in the information. In bigamy, the second spouse could be charged only if she/he had knowledge of the previous undissolved marriage of the accused. Bigamy is a public offense and a crime against status, while adultery and concubinage are private offenses and are crimes against chastity. In adultery/concubinage, pardon by the offended party will bar the prosecution of the case, which is not so in bigamy.


What is concubinage?

Friday, November 22, 2013

What is adultery?

Adultery means the carnal relation between a married woman and a man who is not her husband, the latter knowing her to be married, even if the marriage be subsequently declared void. Each sexual intercourse constitutes a crime of adultery. Concubinage is defined and penalized under Article 334 of the Revised Penal Code, which reads:

Art. 333. Who are guilty of adultery. — Adultery is committed by any married woman who shall have sexual intercourse with a man not her husband and by the man who has carnal knowledge of her knowing her to be married, even if the marriage be subsequently declared void.

Adultery shall be punished by prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods.

If the person guilty of adultery committed this offense while being abandoned without justification by the offended spouse, the penalty next lower in degree than that provided in the next preceding paragraph shall be imposed.

What is concubinage?

Monday, November 18, 2013

What is concubinage?

Concubinage is committed by any husband who shall keep a mistress in the conjugal dwelling, or, shall have sexual intercourse, under scandalous circumstances, with a woman who is not his wife, or shall cohabit with her in any other place. Concubinage is defined and penalized under Article 334 of the Revised Penal Code, which reads:

"Art. 334. Concubinage. — Any husband who shall keep a mistress in the conjugal dwelling, or shall have sexual intercourse, under scandalous circumstances, with a woman who is not his wife, or shall cohabit with her in any other place, shall be punished by prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods.

The concubine shall suffer the penalty of destierro."

The Revised Penal Code penalizes adultery, committed by a married woman, and concubinage, committed by a married man. Other than the elements of the offense and the applicable penalties, both adultery and concubinage are covered by basically the same set of rules and, therefore, would be discussed together.

What are the differences between adultery and concubinage?

Adultery is committed by a wife (who must also be charged together with the other man), while concubinage is committed by a husband (who must be charged together with the concubine).

Proof of sexual intercourse is enough in adultery, but in concubinage, the prosecution must prove that the sexual intercourse must be under scandalous circumstances, or that the husband kept a mistress in the conjugal dwelling or cohabited with her in any other place.

The penalty for concubinage is lower than that of adultery. The penalty for the concubine is only destierro, while the penalty for the man other in adultery is the same as that of the guilty wife.

What is destierro?

Destierro means banishment or only a prohibition from residing within the radius of 25 kilometers from the actual residence of the accused for a specified length of time. It is not imprisonment.

What is concubinage?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Parokya ni Chito at Neri

The said home-made video shows the two having an intimate moment not for public consumption. It was uploaded on YouTube early Saturday but immediately removed after few hours, unfortunately, screen grabs of the video were already reposted on different social networking sites and blogs.

According to the Parokya ni Edgar vocalist, a private video of him and Neri has been leaked and he apologizes to their respective families about it. On Instagram, Chito posted: “We are truly saddened by the fact na may nag-leak na private video of me and my girlfriend, Neri Naig. Humihingi po ako ng paumanhin sa mga pamilya namin for this unfortunate incident. Thank you for your prayers.” “Thanks for all your prayers and encouraging messages. Our hard drive was stolen from our room in our house along with several other stuff…” he added.

Scandalous video of Parokya Ni Edgar front man Chito Miranda and former ABS-CBN Star Circle Quest talent Neri Naig has been leaked online after the allegedly robbing incident in the singer’s house. Neri entered showbiz through ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest. Her life story was featured in Maalaala Mo Kaya in 2004, where she played as herself. She was recently seen in a guest role in the Kapamilya series, Annaliza. A collage of the screencaps, both censored and uncensored, are now easily searchable on Twitter.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bang with Friends


A Facebook app which seeks to pair up sexually attracted friends by allowing users to list who they’d sleep with has stoked controversy.
Users who download the app can manually trawl their friends list to identify contacts they would be interested in sleeping with. If that person has likewise reciprocated then the app sends a notification to both parties – informing them that they are in luck.
The risqué software, created anonymously, has already been downloaded by 20,000 people in its first week sparking a range of imitators, including ‘Bang With Professionals’ for LinkedIn.
Speaking to the Daily Beast one of the apps authors said: “[Sex] should be something you’re expressive about, that you’re comfortable with, and if there’s a beautiful woman or a handsome man that you’re interested in, you shouldn’t hold back. We’re just giving you closer access to knowing the truth.”

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Village official to EdPam: ‘Sue me’


Barangay Lourdes Northwest council member William David told Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Wednesday to sue him if the allegations on the ghost employees of Pamintuan’s administration are not true.

David’s challenge was made after the Pamintuan camp threatened to sue him and other barangay officials who spoke up about the inclusion of the names of their friends and relatives in the list of job order (JO) employees without their knowledge.

David said, “Kung pinipilit nila na kami ang nagsisinungaling at hindi totoo ang mga dokumento na hawak namin, idemanda nila kami,” adding “Maganda nga na makarating sa korte ang usaping ito para makita talaga kung sino ang nagsasabi ng totoo.”

David also advised Pamintuan to address the issue by presenting all 2,506 JO employees.

“Kung talagang walang ghost employees, hinahamon ko si Mayor Pamintuan na ilabas lahat ng mga JO sa City Hall, ihilera sa Plaza Miranda dala ang mga appointment na isinumite sa Ombudsman,” David said.

The Pamintuan camp vehemently denied the accusations of the barangay officials, which they referred as “black propaganda” initiated by their political opponents, and claimed that the documents being presented by the barangay officials as evidence could have been easily forged.

David, however, stands by the authenticity of the documents in his possession which shows the list of job order appointments of the City Government under the PhilHealth program of the Office of the Mayor and bears the signature of Secretary to the Mayor Leonardo Galanza and Pamintuan.

In the said document, David’s wife, Irene David, is included in the payroll of job order employees even when she has never worked for and has never received any salary from the City Government.

This is also the case for several other barangay officials, which includes Barangay Cutcut Kagawad and CLAC vice president Roy Ogurida and Barangay Salapungan Kagawad Renato Coronel, who also denied any knowledge about the inclusion of their relative’s names in the job order payroll.

by: Reynaldo Navales