FIRST DIVISION
[ G.R. No. 222964, July 11, 2018 ]
PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE, VS.
CAJETO CABILIDA, JR. Y CANDAWAN, ACCUSED-APPELLANT.
DECISION
DEL CASTILLO, J.:
"A woman will not expose herself to the humiliation of a trial, with its attendant
publicity and the morbid curiosity it would arouse, unless she has been truly
wronged and seeks atonement for her abuse."[1]
This is an appeal filed by appellant Cajeto Cabilida, Jr. y Candawan from the
December 10, 2014 Decision[2] and the November 19, 2015 Resolution[3] of the
Court of Appeals (CA) in CA-G.R. CR HC No. 01087-MIN, affirming the September
17, 2012 Decision[4] of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Oroquieta City, Branch 14,
in Criminal Case Nos. 986-14-433 and 988-14-435, finding the appellant guilty
beyond reasonable doubt of two counts of rape.
The Factual Antecedents
Appellant and his co-accused Toto Cabilida (Toto) were charged under the following
Amended Informations:
Criminal Case No. 986-14-433
That on or about the 24th day of December 2005 at about 12:00 o'clock midnight,
more or less, x x x Province of Misamis Occidental, and within the jurisdiction of the
Honorable Court, the above-named accused, conspiring, confederating and helping
one another, armed with a hunting knife by means of violence and intimidation,
accused Jojo Cabilida did then and there willfully, unlawfully and feloniously have
carnal knowledge of the complainant AAA,[5] against her will, in her own house and
in the presence and in full view of her minor children BBB and CCC, both 10 years
old and 8 years old, respectively and while co-accused Toto Cabilida was
threatening to box the victim and pointing and threatening the children with the
knife and then pointing the flashlight during the rape.

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