peolple v tulin

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Appellants were charged with qualified piracy in connection with the seizure of M/T Tabangao in Batangas where the officers and crew were forced to sail to Singapore and transfer its loaded petroleum products to another Vessel Navi Pride off the coast of Singapore.

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[G.R. No. 111709. August 30, 2001.] 11. PEOPLEOF THE PHILIPPINES,plaintiff-appellee,vs. ROGER P.TULIN, VIRGILIO I. LOYOLA, CECILIO O. CHANGCO, ANDRES C. INFANTE, CHEONG SAN HIONG, and JOHN DOES,accused-appellants.SYNOPSISAppellants were charged with qualified piracy in connection with the seizure of M/T Tabangao in Batangas where the officers and crew were forced to sail to Singapore and transfer its loaded petroleum products to another Vessel Navi Pride off the coast of Singapore. Appellants pleaded not guilty with appellant Hiong claiming that he merely followed the orders of his superiors to buy bunker fuel. However, it was disclosed that he connived, through falsification of documents, to prevent the Singapore ports authority to detect the sale, the amount of the sale was less than one-half of the amount of the cargo transferred, that there was no evidence of the sale, with receipts not issued and the sale was made 66 nautical miles away in the dead of the night. The officers and crew of M/T Tabangao with whom the appellants were with for more than a month, positively identified appellants as the seajackers. Appellants, except Hiong, were represented by Tomas Posadas who was later found to be a non-lawyer. They were, however, assisted by Atty. Abdul Basar who manifested that they were adopting the evidence adduced by Posadas. Their extrajudicial statements obtained without assistance of counsel were introduced as evidence for the prosecution. The trial cou

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