SC acquits Ipe from estafa raps


THE Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the Court of Appeals (CA) decision finding actor Phillip Salvador not guilty of the crime of estafa. In a decision, the SC denied the petition for review filed by Salvador’s ex- lover, Cristina Castillo, as it affirmed CA’s decision dated February 11, 2010, reversing an earlier ruling of the lower court finding Salvador guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of estafa under Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code. In the ruling, the SC held that the prosecution failed to prove that “all the elements of estafa are present in this case as would overcome the presumption of innocence in favor of appellant.” “For in fact, the prosecution’s primary witness herself could not even establish clearly and precisely how appellant committed the alleged fraud. She failed to convince us that she was deceived through misrepresentations and/or insidious actions, in venturing into a remittance business. Quite the contrary, the obtaining circumstance in this case indicates the weakness of her submissions, the decision read.”


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