Villaflor v Summers; G.R. No. 16444; 08 Sep 1920; 41 Phil 62

FACTS:
Petitioner and her paramour were charged with the crime of adultery. The court ordered her to submit her body to examination to determine if she was pregnant or not.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not the examination was a violation of petitioner’s right against self-incrimination.

RULING:
NO. The constitutional guaranty, that no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, is limited to a prohibition against compulsory testimonial self-incrimination. On a proper showing and under an order of the trial court, an ocular inspection of the body of the accused is permissible.

Writ of habeas corpus prayed for is DENIED.

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