People v Tranca; G.R. No. 110357; 17 Aug 1994; 35 SCRA 455

FACTS:
Appellant was charge with the violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act. After he was arrested in a buy-bust operation, he was made to undergo ultraviolet radiation to determine the presence of fluorescent powder dusted on the money used.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not appellant’s right against self-incrimination was violated.

RULING:
NO. What is prohibited by the constitutional guarantee against self-incrimination is the use of physical or moral compulsion to extort communication from the witness, not an inclusion of his body in evidence, when it may be material. 18 Stated otherwise, it is simply a prohibition against his will, an admission of guilt.

Challenged decision is AFFIRMED with MODIFICATION.

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