Good morning, please enlighten me in the decision of the fiscal. Last March 2011 I filed cased of BP22 & estafa. This respondent issued 9 bounching checks to me. I sent demand letter for the first 5 checks pero hindi na sa mga sumunod na checks kasi nagfile na lang ako sa Fiscal's Office sa Makati. Then last Friday I received the decision, below is the decision.
Noticed of dishonor is required under both par. 2(d) Art.315 of the RPC and Sec.2 of BP 22. While the RPC prescribes that the drawer of the check must deposit the amount needed to cover his check within three days from the receipt of notice of dishonor, BP 22 on the other hand requires the maker or drawer to pay the amount of the check within five days from receipt of notice of dishonor. Under both laws notice of dishonor is necessary for prosecution (for estafa and violation of BP 22). Without proof of notice of dishonor, knowledge of insufficiency of funds cannot be presumed and no crime (whether estafa or violation of BP 22) can be deemed to exist.
In this case although complainant sent notices of dishonor to respondent the notices are only for UCPB Check # 6051,6052,6053 and Bank of Commerce Check # 005, 006. Thus, the criminal action arises only on the aforementioned five checks.
Wherefore premises considered it is respectfully recommended that respondent be charged with violation of BATAS PAMBANSA 22 (5 counts) and that the attached informations be approved for filing in court, while the complainant for estafa be dismissed as upon approval the same is hereby dismissed for lack of probable cause.
Ano po ba ang ibig sabihin nito yung 5 checks lang ang babayaran nya na ang worth ay 16 K lang compared to all the checks na worth 100K? Eh parang sobrang lugi naman yun kasi ang dami ko ng ginastos tapos yun lang.
Please give me advise kasi parang nakakasama naman ng loob itong decision na ito. Ano po ba ang dapat kong gawin?
Thank you po for all the advises