ELEMENTS of robbery with force upon things under subdivision (a):
1. That the offender entered
(a) an inhabited house, or
(b) public building, or
(c) edifice devoted to religious worship;
2. That the entrance was effected by any of the following means:
a. Through an opening not intended for entrance or egress,
b. By breaking any wall, roof, or floor or breaking any door or
c. By using false keys, picklocks or similar tools, or
d. By using any fictitious name or pretending the exercise of public
3. That once inside the building, the offender took personal property
belonging to another with intent to gain.
Inhabited house is any shelter, ship or vessel constituting the dwelling
of one or more person even though temporarily absent therefrom when
robbery is committed. It includes dependencies, courts, corals, barns,
etc. It does not include orchards and lands for cultivation.
Public building - every building owned by the Government or belonging
to a private person but used or rented by the Government, although
temporarily unoccupied by the same.
Breaking - means entering the building. The force used in this means
must be actual, as distinguished from that in the other means which is
only constructive force.
In robbery by use of force upon things, it is necessary that offender
enters the building or where object may be found. When there was no
entry, no robbery was committed.
Whole body must be inside the house, public building or place devoted
to worship to constitute entering.
Passing through an open door but getting out of a window is not robbery
To constitute robbery, the outside door must be broken or smashed. If
the lock was merely removed or door was merely pushed, crime is
False keys are genuine keys stolen from the owner or any keys other
than those intended by the owner for use in the lock w/c was forcibly
opened by the offender.
Picklocks are those specially adopted for commission of the robbery.
The key must have been stolen not by force. Otherwise, it’s robbery
by violence and intimidation against persons.
False key must have been used in opening house and not any furniture
inside. Otherwise, the crime is only theft.
General Rule: If false key/picklock was used to open an inside door
(Ex. door of a room) and offender took personal property, the crime
is only theft.
Exception: If the room is a separate dwelling place, crime is robbery.
The use of fictitious name or the act of pretending to exercise
authority must be committed for the purpose of entering the building.
ELEMENTS of robbery with force upon things under subdivision (b):
1. That the offender is inside a dwelling house, public building, or
edifice devoted to religious worship, regardless of the
circumstances under which he entered it; and
2. That the offender takes personal property belonging to another
with intent to gain, under any of the following circumstances:
a. by the breaking of doors, wardrobes, chests, or any other kind
of locked or sealed furniture or receptacle, or
b. by taking such furniture or objects away to be broken or forced
open outside the place of the robbery.
It is not necessary that entrance was made through any of the means
mentioned in subdivision (a).
Offender may be servants or guests.
Destruction of keyhole of cabinet is robbery under this subsection.
When sealed box is taken out for the purpose of breaking it, crime is
already consummated robbery. There is no need to actually open it
inside the building from where it was taken.
But if the box was confided into the custody of accused and he takes
the money contained therein, the crime is estafa.
The crime is theft if the box was found outside of the building and
the accused forced it open.
1. Offenders do not carry arms and the value of the property taken
exceeds 250 pesos.
2. Offenders are armed, but the value does not exceed 250 pesos.
3. Offenders do not carry arms and the value does not exceed 250
pesos penalty of a) or b) in minimum period.
4. Committed in dependencies
People vs. Tayag
In entering the building, the offender must have an intention to take
personal property Public building includes every building owned,
rented or used by the government although owned by private persons or
If the culprit had entered the house through an open door, and the
owner, not knowing that the culprit was inside, closed and locked
the door from the outside and left, and the culprit, after taking
personal property in the house, went out through the window, it is
only theft, not robbery.
The penalty depends on the value of property taken and on whether
or not offender carries arm.