2016 (Remedial Law) Bar Exam Questions: Question 14

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Pedro, the principal witness in a criminal case, testified and completed his testimony on direct examination in 2015. Due to several postponements by the accused, grounded on his recurring illness, which were all granted by the judge, the cross-examination of Pedro was finally set on October 15, 2016. Before the said date, Pedro died. The accused moved to expunge Pedro’s testimony on the ground that it violates his right ofconfrontation and the right to cross-examine the witness. The prosecution opposed the motion and asked that Pedro’s testimony on direct examination be admitted as evidence. Is the motion meritorious? Explain. (5%)

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