Grave Coercions

Grave Coercion

ART.286

ELEMENTS:
1. That a person...
a. prevented another from doing something not prohibited by law or
b. compel him to do something against his will, be it right or wrong
2. Violence, threats or intimidation, either material force or such display of force as would produce intimidation and control of the will.
3. Without authority of law


Aggravating circumstances:
1. Violation of the exercise of the right of suffrage
2. Compelling another to perform a religious act or
3. preventing another from exercising such right or from doing such act (as amended by RA. 7890)

The crime is not grave coercion when the violence is employed to seize anything belonging to the debtor of the offender. It is light coercion under Art. 287.

Any person who shall use force or intimidation to prevent any member of Congress from attending the meetings thereof, expressing his opinions, or casting his vote is liable under Art. 145.

Any person who, by force, prevents the meeting of a legislative body is liable under Art. 143.

A public officer who shall prevent by means of violence or threats the ceremonies or manifestations of any religion is guilty of interruption of religious worship (Art. 132).

In case of grave coercion where the offended party is being compelled to do something against his will, whether it be wrong or not, the crime of grave coercion is committed if violence or intimidation is employed in order to compel him to do the act.

If a person prohibits another to do an act because the act is a crime, even though some sort of violence or intimidation is employed, it would not give rise to grave coercion. It may only give rise to threat or physical injuries, if some injuries are inflicted.

Arises only if the act which the offender prevented another to do is not prohibited by law or ordinance.

Purpose Of The Law: To enforce the principle that no person may take the law into his hands, and that our government is one of law, not of
men.

The thing prevented from execution must not be prohibited by law. Otherwise, there will be no coercion.

Lee v. CA, 201 SCRA 405
Neither the crime of threats nor coercion is committed although the accused, a branch manager of a bank made the complainant sign a withdrawal slip for the amount needed to pay the spurious dollar check she had encashed, and also made her execute an affidavit regarding the return of the amount against her better sense and judgment.

The complainant may have acted reluctantly and with hesitation, but still, it was voluntary.

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