Nuñez v Sandiganbayan; G.R. Nos. L-50581-50617; 30 Jan 1982; 111 SCRA 433

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Petitioner assailed the constitutionality of Presidential Decree No. 1486 as amended by Presidential Decree No. 1606 which provides that public officers and employees convicted with estafa may only appeal their conviction by certiorari to the Supreme Court, whereas other estafa indictees are given more prospects of reversal of the decision against them as they are entitled to appeal to the Intermediate Appellate Court and the Supreme Court.

Whether or not PD 1486 as amended by PD 1606 violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

NO. The constitutional mandate for the creation of a special court to hear offenses committed by public officers was the authority to make a distinction between prosecution for dishonesty in public service and prosecution for crimes not connected with public office.

Petition is DISMISSED.

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