The Department of Justice (DOJ) commended the Office of the Regional Prosecutor of Central Visayas for successfully prosecuting two cases involving Infanticide and Parricide.
In a 16-page Decision, the Dumagete City Regional Trial Court - Branch 31 found Giralyn Adalia guilty beyond reasonable doubt of Infanticide for killing her own three-day-old baby girl.
The Information filed against her alleged that Adalia carried her baby and threw her "into the Arabe Creek in order to drown and be killed, and whose dead body was eventually recovered early in the morning of July 20, 2010 with the umbilical cord and placenta intact."
The court sentenced her to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua.
Meanwhile, in a two-page Decision, the Argao, Cebu Regional Trial Court - Branch 26 found Paulino Daugdaug guilty beyond reasonable doubt of Homicide for shooting to death his father David Daugdaug, Sr. on March 30, 2002.
He was initially charged with Parricide but pleaded guilty to Homicide. The court sentenced him to suffer a penalty of imprisonment from six years and one day to 12 years and one day.
Justice Secretary Emmanuel L. Caparas emphasized that "the right to life is a basic constitutional right. The DOJ, being the government's principal law agency exerts all efforts to safeguard this right and ensure that the perpetrator is punished to the full extent of the law."