Inconsistencies on minor matters does NOT weaken credibility

Discrepancies on minor matters do not impair the essential integrity of the evidence for the prosecution as a whole nor reflect on the honesty of the witness. The alleged inconsistencies on the testimony of Gloria Meniano dwell on minor and trivial matters which only serve to strenghten than weaken her credibility. The most honest witness may sometimes commit mistakes but such honest lapses do not necessarily impair his credibility especially when minor details are involved. Human memory may be temporarily paralyzed by a startling event especially if the same involves a person close to the witness. [G.R. No. 114266. December 4, 1996]