Intriguing against honor, A364 Revised Penal Code

To cause an intrigue is to arouse an atmosphere of unwarranted interest or curiosity, or in some cases, suspicion, over another person.

1. Concept

Intriguing against honor – refers to “any intrigue which has for its principal purpose to blemish the honor and reputation of a person.” (Betguen v. Masangcay, En Banc, A.M. No. P-93-822, December 1, 1994, Per Curiam)

a. Legal basis

Art. 364. Intriguing against honor. - The penalty of arresto menor or fine not exceeding Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000) shall be imposed for any intrigue which has for its principal purpose to blemish the honor or reputation of a person. (As amended by R.A. 10951)

(Revised Penal Code)

2. Mode of commission

The following is the mode of committing the offense:

•  To cause any intrigue

a. Mode 1: To cause any intrigue

Elements of the offense of intriguing against honor:

1) The offender causes any intrigue; and

2) The principal purpose is to blemish the honor or reputation of a person. (Article 364, Act No. 3815, Revised Penal Code)

1) Element 1: Intrigue

Intrigue – means “to arouse the interest, desire, or curiosity of” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

In the context of the offense, to cause an intrigue is to arouse an atmosphere of unwarranted interest or curiosity, or in some cases, suspicion, over another person. The act of causing intrigue should fall short of libel or slander; otherwise, if there is defamation via publication, by utterances, or de...

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