People v Sandiganbayan; G.R. No. 101724; 03 Jul 1992; 211 SCRA 241

FACTS:
Private respondent was charged in 1989 with a violation of Republic Act 3019 for acts allegedly committed in 1976. The Sandiganbayan granted his motion to quash on the ground of prescription.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not Batas Pambansa Blg. 195, an amendatory law which increased prescription from 10 years to 15, is applicable to the case at bar.

RULING:
NO. To apply, BP 195 to private respondent would make it an ex post facto law for it would alter his situation to his disadvantage by making him criminally liable for a crime that had already been extinguished under the law existing when it was committed.

Petition for review is DENIED for lack of merit.

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