Gumabon v Director of Prisons; G.R. No. L-30026; 30 Jan 1971; 37 SCRA 420

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Petitioners were meted out life terms for the complex crime of rebellion with murder and other crimes. They invoked the ruling in People v Hernandez where the existence of the offense was negated and the accused were sentenced to a penalty of prision mayor.

Whether or not the Hernandez doctrine applies in the case at bar.

YES. The continued incarceration after the twelve-year period when such is the maximum length of imprisonment in accordance with our controlling doctrine, when others similarly convicted have been freed, is fraught with implications at war with equal protection. That is not to give it life. On the contrary, it would render it nugatory.

Petition for habeas corpus is GRANTED.

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