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Treason

ART 114
ELEMENTS:
1. Offender is a Filipino citizen or an alien resident
2. There’s a war in and Philippines is involved; and
3. Offender either –
    a. Levies war against the government; or
    b. Adheres to enemies, giving aid or comfort

PERSONS LIABLE:
1. Filipino – permanent allegiance; can commit treason anywhere
2. Alien Residing – temporary allegiance; commit treason only while residing in
   Philippines


Notes:

Treason committed in a foreign country may be prosecuted in the Philippines. (Art.2,
RPC)

Treason by an alien must be committed in the Philippines. (EO 44).

Treason – breach of allegiance to the government by a person who owes
allegiance to it.

Allegiance – obligation of fidelity and obedience which individuals owe to the
government under which they live or to their sovereign, in return for protection
they receive.

Treason is a war crime - punished by state as a measure of self-protection.

Committed in times of war (not peace) when
   - there is actual hostilities
   - no need for a declaration of war.

Mere acceptance of public office and discharge of official duties under the enemy
do not constitute per se the felony of treason. But when the position is
policy-determining, the acceptance of public office and the discharge of official duties constitute treason.

WAYS TO COMMIT TREASON:
1. Levying war against government - requires:
    a. Actual assembling of men
    b. Purpose of executing a treasonable design, by force
2. Adheres to enemies – following must concur together:
    a. Actual adherence
    b. Give aid or comfort

NOTES:

Levying war - must be with intent to overthrow the government as such, not
merely to repeal a particular statute or to resist a particular officer.

Requirements of levying war
   1. Actual assembling of men;
   2. To execute a treasonable design by force;
   3. Intent is to deliver the country in whole or in part to the enemy; and
   4. Collaboration with foreign enemy or
      some foreign sovereign


Not necessary that those attempting to overthrow the government by force of arms
should have the apparent power to succeed in their design, in whole or in part.

Adherence – intellectually or emotionally favors the enemy and harbors sympathies or
convictions disloyal to his country’s policy or interest.

Aid or Comfort – act w/c strengthens or tends to strengthen the enemy of the
government in the conduct of war against the government, or an act w/c weakens or tends
to weaken the power of the government or the country to resist or to attack the enemies
of the gov’t or country

WAYS TO PROVE:
1. Treason
    a. Testimony of at least 2 witnesses to the same overt act
    b. Judicial confession of accused
2. Adherence
    a. One witness
    b. Nature of act itself
    c. Circumstances surrounding act

Notes:

To convict: testimonies must relate to the same overt act – not two similar acts.

If act is separable – each witness can testify to parts of it; but the act, as a
whole, must be identifiable as an overt act.

Confession must be in open court.

Reason for 2-witness rule
special nature of the crime requires that the accused be afforded a special protection not required in other cases so as to avoid a miscarriage of justice. Extreme seriousness of the crime, for which death is one of the penalties provided by law, and the fact that the crime is
committed in abnormal times, when small differences may in mortal enmity wipe out all
scruples in sacrificing the truth.

General Notes:

Inherent circumstances - they do not aggravate the crime.
    - Evident premeditation are needed to see this picture.
    - superior strength
    - treachery

Treason is a continuing crime. Even after the war, offender can still be prosecuted.

No treason through negligence since it must be intentional.

No complex crime of treason with murder – murder is the overt act of aid or comfort
and is therefore inseparable from treason itself.

DEFENSE:
    - Duress or uncontrollable fear
    - Obedience to de facto government

NOT DEFENSE:
    - Suspended allegiance
    - Joining the enemy army thus becoming a citizen of the enemy

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