G.R. No. 124342 December 8, 1999 PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES

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It is basic that the prosecution evidence must stand or fall on its own weight and cannot draw strength from the weakness of the defense. 1 The prosecution must demonstrate the culpability of the accused beyond reasonable doubt for accusation is not synonymous with guilt. Only when the requisite quantum of proof necessary for conviction exists that the liberty

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Republic of the PhilippinesSUPREME COURTManilaSECOND DIVISIONG.R. No. 124342 December 8, 1999PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES,plaintiff-appellee,vs.EDWIN LADRILLO,accused-appellant.BELLOSILLO,J.:It is basic that the prosecution evidence must stand or fall on its own weight and cannot draw strength from the weakness of the defense.1The prosecution must demonstrate the culpability of the accused beyond reasonable doubt for accusation is not synonymous with guilt. Only when the requisite quantum of proof necessary for conviction exists that the liberty, or even the life, of an accused may be declared forfeit. Correlatively, the judge must examine with extreme caution the evidence for the state to determine its sufficiency. If the evidence fails to live up to the moral conviction of guilt the verdict must be one of acquittal, for in favor of the accused stands the constitutional presumption of innocence; so it must be in this prosecution for rape.Jane Vasquez, the eight (8) year old complaining witness, could not state the month and year she was supposedly abused by her cousin Edwin Ladrillo. She could narrate however that one afternoon she went to the house of

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