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G.R. No. 184056 : People of the Philippines v. George Eyam y Watang

G.R. No. 184056 : People of the Philippines v. George Eyam y Watang

PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

SECOND DIVISION

G.R. No. 184056 : November 26, 2012

PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. GEORGE EYAM y WATANG, Accused-Appellant.

D E C I S I O N

DEL CASTILLO, J.:

Subject of this appeal is the September 20, 2007 Decision1ςrνll of the Court of Appeals (CA) in CA-G.R. CR-H.C. No. 02215 which affirmed appellants conviction by the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 64, through its March 8, 2006 Decision,2ςrνll for the crime of illegal possession of methylamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, a dangerous drug, in violation of Section 11, Article II of Republic Act (RA) No. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Factual Antecedents

In an Information3ςrνll filed on July 17, 2003, appellant was charged with were duly establiehed by the prosecution in this case. Appellant was caught in possession of shabu, a dangerous drug. He failed to show that he was authorized to possess the same. Lastly, by his mere possession of the drug, there is already a prima facte evidence of knowledge, which he failed to rebut. All told, we sustain the conviction of appellant.ςηαοblενιrυαllαωlιbrαr

WHEREFORE, the appeal is DISMISSED and the September 20, 2007 Decision of the Court of Appeals in CA-G.R. CR-H.C. No. 02215 is AFFIRMED.ςrαlαωlιbrαr

SO ORDERED.

Endnotes:


* Per Raffle, dated November 19, 2012.

1ςrνll CA rollo, pp. 77-88; penned by Associate Justice Mariflor P. Punzalan Castillo and concurred in by Associate Justices Marina L. Buzon and Rosmari D. Carandang.

2ςrνll Records, pp. 91-96; penned by Judge Delia H. Panganiban.

3ςrνll Id. at 1.

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