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People v. Ortega, GR No. 116736, July 24, 1997 Facts: On October 15, 1992 at around 5:30 in the afternoon, Andre Mar Masangkay, Ariel Caranto, Romeo Ortega, Roberto San Andres, Searfin, Boyet and Diosdado Quitlong were having a drinking spree with gin and finger foods. At aound11:00 pm, Benjamin Ortega, Jr. and Manuel Garcia who were already drank joined them. October 16, 1992 midnight, Andre answering a call of nature went to the back portion of the house and Benjamin followed him. Suddenly, they heard a shout from Andre “Huwag, tulungan ninyo ako!” Diosdado and Ariel ran and saw Benjamin on top of Andre who was lying down being stabbed. Ariel got Benjamin Ortega, Sr., Benjamin’s father while Diosdado called Romeo to pacify his brother. Romeo, Benjamin and Manuel lifted Andre from the canal and dropped him in the well. They dropped stones to Andre’s body to weigh the body down. Romeo warned Diosdado not to tell anybody what he saw. He agreed so he was allowed to go home. But, his conscience bothered him so he told his mother, reported it to the police and accompanied them to the crime scene. The RTC ruled that
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