Dacanay v People; G.R. No. 101302; 25 Jan 1995; 240 SCRA 490

FACTS:
After finding sufficient prima facie evidence against petitioner and his co-accused, an information was filed for economic sabotage through smuggling. Years later, respondent Sandiganbayan denied petitioner’s motion for an immediate and separate title.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not petitioner is entitled to a separate trial.

RULING:
YES. A separate trial is in consonance with the right of an accused to a speedy trial. The resulting inconvenience and expense on the part of the Government cannot be given preference over the right to speedy trial and the protection to a person’s life, liberty or property.

Respondents are ORDERED to proceed with the trial, separate if it need be.

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