Duplicity Of The Offense
Sec. 13. Duplicity of the offense. – A complaint or information must charge only one offense, except when the law prescribes a single punishment for various offenses.
WHAT IS THE RULE ON DUPLICITY OF OFFENSES?
> General rule: A complaint or information must charge only one offense
> Exception: when the law provides only one punishment for the various offenses (complex and compound crimes under Article 48 of the RPC and special complex crimes)
WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF THE FAILURE OF THE ACCUSED TO OBJECT TO A DUPLICITOUS INFORMATION?
> If the accused fails to object before arraignment, the right is deemed waived, and he may be convicted of as many offenses as there are charged
WHAT IS THE REMEDY OF AN ACCUSED IN CASE OF DUPLICITOUS OFFENSES CHARGED AGAINST HIM?
> The accused may file a motion to quash on void complaint