The only 3 cases "Halloween" mentioned by the Supreme Court

[1] LORNA DISING PUNZAL, Petitioner, vs. ETSI TECHNOLOGIES, INC., WERNER GEISERT, and CARMELO D. REMUDARO, Respondents. (G.R. Nos. 170384-85; March 9, 2007)

Petitioner, Lorna Dising Punzal, had been working for respondent, ETSI Technologies, Inc. (ETSI), for 12 years prior to the termination of her services on November 26, 2001 on which date she was holding the position of Department Secretary.

On October 30, 2001, petitioner sent an electronic mail (e-mail) message to her officemates announcing the holding of a Halloween party that was to be held in the office the following day. The e-mail message read verbatim:

Dear ETSI-JMT Colleagues,

Good day!

As you all know, tomorrow is the day before HALLOWEEN. And many of our kids will go around "TRICK OR TREATING". We will be dressing them up in costumes of all sorts, from cute to outrageous, from wild to "scary."

What we want to have is a similar activity here in the office. So we invite you to participate in this effort. You can also dress your kids up in funny costumes. Also the kids will then go around the office Trick or Treating. So, we ask you to prepare your Treats, like candies, biscuits, cookies, etc., (Cash is also welcome for parents like me . . . he he he)

Why are we doing this? Well, we just want the kids to have a good time. Kung gusto ninyo, mag-costume din kayo.

Alright! See you tomorrow morning, [October 31, 2001].

[2] THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee, vs. IGMEDIO SAMSON, alias LUIS, ET AL., defendants. IGMEDIO SAMSON, GAUDENCIO EDADES, ALFREDO SALINAS, and FRANCISCO AQUINO, defendants-appellants. (G.R. No. L-3457; October 31, 1951)

Almost nine months thereafter, Pedro Velasco alias Tito, alias Ben de la Peña, was taken for questioning in connection with the killing of sergeant De Vera because of a mark he happened to make on Halloween in 1948 at the market of Malasiqui to his friend Avelino Ortiz, later on a detention prisoner in the city jail of Dagupan, that the gun he was carrying was the same that had killed the sergeant. Avelino Ortiz signed an affidavit stating that fact (Exhibit F). At the investigation Pedro Velasco made a clean breast and revealed that Igmedio Samson, Gaudencio Edades, Alfredo Salinas, Francisco Aquino and Alejandro Velasco were the ones who broke into, and committed the robbery inside, the bakery in Bayambang and that on that occasion sergeant De Vera, who came to the succor of the inmates of the bakery, was killed. As the result of the revelation Igmedio Samson, Gaudencio Edades, Alfredo Salinas, Francisco Aquino and Alejandro Velasco were arrested. The chief of police filed a complaint against them including Pedro Velasco and Manuel D. Cereno who was not yet then arrested. Three of the defendants were brought to the bakery for identification, and Ching Liong Hua alias Bonking and Lionga alias Liliong and the other people of the bakery pointed to them as among those who had entered the bakery on the evening of 1 June 1948. Igmedio Samson (Exhibit C), Gaudencio Edades (Exhibit B), Alfredo Salinas (Exhibit D), and Francisco Aquino (Exhibit A) admitted to the police their participation in the robbery.

[3] PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, plaintiff-appellee, vs. ROSENDO LAYOSO @ SENDONG, accused-appellant. (G.R. Nos. 141773-76; January 22, 2003)

He claimed that from October 3, 1998 to October 31, 1998, he was selling fruits in Manila with his elder brother, Ador Layoso. He only returned to Basista, Pangasinan on All Saints’ Day. After Halloween, he went to in Brgy. Tanolong, Bayambang, Pangasinan, to help his brother-in-law, Jun Casingal, harvest palay. He stayed there from November 8, 1998 to November 21, 1998. It was only on November 22, 1998, that he went back to his house in Dumpay, Pangasinan.


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