Conflicts in witnesses' testimonies due to differences in observation, memory

Appellants pointed to several inconsistencies in the testimonies of the brothers Montalbo regarding the number of assailants and the wounds inflicted on the victims. The variances, however, referred only to minor details and did not affect the veracity of the testimonies of the witnesses. Inconsistencies in testimonies on minor details do not impair the credibility of witnesses where there is consistency in relating the principal occurence and positive identification of assailant. Apparent conflict in testimonies of eyewitnesses in describing details of occurence may be due to differences in observation and memory which does not necessarily imply falsehood on their part. [G.R. No. 110100-02. December 11, 1996]