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the sound ruling in Francisco vs. CA. It remains that those who will appeal fromjudgments of conviction, when they have the option to try for probation, forfeit their rightto apply for that privilege.Besides, in appealing his case, Arnel raised the issue of correctness of the penaltyimposed on him. He claimed that the evidence at best warranted his conviction only forattempted, not frustrated, homicide, which crime called for a probationable penalty. In away, therefore, Arnel sought from the beginning to bring down the penalty to the levelwhere the law would allow him to apply for probation.In a real sense, the Court’s finding that Arnel was guilty, not of frustrated homicide, butonly of attempted homicide, is an original conviction that for the first time imposes onhim a probationable penalty. The Probation Law never intended to deny an accused his right to probation through nofault of his. The underlying philosophy of probation is one of liberality towards theaccused.URBANO M. MORENO, Petitioner,vs. COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS and NORMA L. MEJES, CHICO-NAZARIO, Respondents.G.R. No. 168550 August 10, 2006EN BANCTINGA, J.:FACTS:Norma L. Mejes (Mejes) filed a petition to disqualify Moreno from running for Punong Barangay on the ground that the latter was convicted by final judgment of the crime of Arbitrary Detention and was sentenced to suffer imprisonment of Four (4) Months and One (1) Day to Two (2) Years and Four (4) Months by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 28 of Catbalogan, Samar on August 27, 1998.Moreno filed an answer averring that the petition states no cause of action because hewas already granted probation. Allegedly, following the case of Baclayon v. Mutia,4the270
imposition of the sentence of imprisonment, as well as the accessory penalties, wasthereby suspended. Moreno also argued that under Sec. 16 of the Probation Law of1976 (Probation Law), the final discharge of the probation shall operate to restore to himall civil rights lost or suspended as a result of his conviction and to fully discharge hisliability for any fine imposed. The order of the trial court dated December 18, 2000allegedly terminated his probation and restored to him all the civil rights he lost as aresult of his conviction, including the right to vote and be voted for in the July 15, 2002elections.In this petition, Moreno argues that the disqualification under the Local GovernmentCode applies only to those who have served their sentence and not to probationersbecause the latter do not serve the adjudged sentence. The Probation Law shouldallegedly be read as an exception to the Local Government Code because it is a speciallaw which applies only to probationers. Further, even assuming that he is disqualified,his subsequent election as Punong Barangay allegedly constitutes an implied pardon ofhis previous misconduct.