WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE IN THE KATARUNGAN PAMBARANGAY LAW? 1. While the dispute is under mediation conciliation or arbitration, the prescriptive. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT NO INDIVIDUAL CAN GO DIRECTLY TO COURT OR ANY GOVERNMENT OFFICE FOR ADJUDICATION OF HIS/HER . Pambarangay Law? As a general rule, all disputes may be the subject of barangay conciliation before the Katarungang Pambarangay, except for the following.

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The records of the case likewise show that the instant case is not one of the exceptions enumerated under Section of the Local Government Code.

Aguinaldothe Secretary of Justice would be committing a serious pambaranvay of duty if he orders or sanctions the filing of an information based upon a complaint where he is not convinced that the evidence warrants the filing of the action in court. Apparently, the DOJ found probable cause only for slight oral defamation.


The Court is not inclined to disturb the same absent compelling proof, that he acted out of whim and that petitioner was out to delay the proceedings to the prejudice of respondent in filing the motion for reconsideration.

Agbayani discovered this when she went to the DOJ to examine the records, as soon as she received a copy of the DOJ Resolution of her motion for reconsideration.

It is grave slander when it is of a serious and insulting nature. In particular, it is a rule that uttering defamatory words in the heat of anger, with some provocation on the part of the offended party constitutes only a light felony. Even the Rules of Court reflects this principle. Where the complaint a did not state that it is one of excepted cases, or b it did not allege prior availment of said conciliation process, or c did not have a certification that no conciliation had been reached by the parties, the case should be dismissed.

Court of Appeals [33] that: That the appealed resolution is interlocutory in nature, except when it suspends the proceedings based on the alleged ;ambarangay of a prejudicial question.

Genabe, and report the action taken thereon within ten 10 days from receipt hereof. The Court further stated in Guy that when the DOJ Secretary took cognizance of the petitioner’s motion for reconsideration, he panbarangay excepted such motion from the operation of the aforequoted Section 13 of DOJ Circular No.


Contrary panbarangay the findings in the assailed resolution, we find that the subject utterances of respondent constitute only slight oral defamation. Katarungang Pambarangayor the Barangay Justice System is a local justice system in the Philippines. L, November 25,x x x held that although abusive remarks may ordinarily be considered as serious defamation, under the environmental circumstances of the case, there having been provocation on complainants part, and the utterances complained of having been made in lae heat of unrestrained anger and obfuscationsuch utterances constitute only the crime of slight oral defamation.


Surely, this power of the Secretary of Justice to review includes the discretion to accept additional evidence from the investigating prosecutor or from herein respondent Genabe, evidence which nonetheless appears to have already been submitted to the investigating prosecutor but inadvertently omitted by her when she filed her petition.

It is not sufficient that a tribunal, in the exercise of its power, abused its discretion; pambatangay abuse must be grave.

Perez[24] succinctly summarizes the general rules relative to criminal prosecution: In a Resolution [4] rendered on February 12,the Office of the City Prosecutor of Las Pias City [5] found probable cause for the filing of the Information for katarumgang oral defamation against Genabe. The lupon of each barangay shall have authority to bring together the parties actually pambarqngay in the same city or municipality for amicable settlement of all disputes, except: It is operated by the smallest of the local government unitsthe barangayand is overseen by the barangay captainthe highest elected official of the barangay and its executive.

Oral defamation under Article of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, is penalized as follows: Section 5 of the NPS Rules on Appeal also provides that the petition for review must be accompanied by a legible duplicate original or certified true copy of the resolution appealed from, together katarungag legible true copies of the complaint, affidavits or sworn statements and other evidence submitted by the parties during the preliminary investigation or reinvestigation.


The answer to both posers pamnarangay be in the affirmative. Almost all civil disputes and many crimes with potential prison sentences of one year or less or fines 5, or less. The compulsory process of arbitration is a pre-condition for the filing of the complaint in court.

All told, we find that the CA did not commit reversible error in upholding the Resolution dated May 17, of the DOJ as we, likewise, find the same to be in accordance with law and jurisprudence. The lupon of each barangay shall have authority to bring together the parties actually residing in the same city or municipality for amicable settlement of all disputes except: Kataringang, the irresistible thrust of the assailed CA decision is that the DOJ Secretary is peremptorily barred from taking a second hard look at his decision and, in appropriate cases, reverse or modify the same unless and until a motion for reconsideration is timely interposed and pursued.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the chairman to the committee, most often the barangay captain, shall the next working day inform the parties of a meeting for mediation.


A ‘best fit’ approach to justice reform? Here, petitioner Agbayani failed to show that the instant case is not one of the exceptions enumerated above.

Moreover, a computer verification requested by the petitioner showed that the prosecutor assigned to the case had received a copy of the petitioners comment. This matter was readily brought to the attention of Undersecretary Pineda by petitioner Agbayani in her motion for reconsideration, who however must surely have found such contention without merit, pambaranyay thus denied the motion. This show of liberality is, to us, within the competence of the ;ambarangay Secretary to make.

Also, the petition was not accompanied with the required attachments, i. Abdulwahid and Mariflor Punzalan Castillo, concurring; rollopp. Philippine pesos are subjected to the system. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

After careful evaluation and consideration of the evidence on record, we find merit in the instant petition.