Can you be prosecuted for Bigamy committed abroad?

Can you be prosecuted for Bigamy committed abroad?

Bar Exam 1994

Abe, married to Liza, contracted another marriage with Connie in Singapore. Thereafter,
Abe and Connie returned to the Philippines and lived as husband and wife in the hometown
of Abe in Calamba, Laguna.

Can Abe be prosecuted for Bigamy?

No, Abe can not be prosecuted for Bigamy since the bigamous marriage was contracted or
solemnized in Singapore, hence such violation is not one of those where the Revised
Penal Code, under Article 2 thereof, may be applied extra-territorially.

The general rule on territoriality of criminal law governs the situation.

Disclaimer: This is not a legal advice. For your legal needs, consult a Philippine member of the bar.


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