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Why should a complaint or information be in the name of the People of the Philippines?

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Criminal actions must be commenced in the name of the People because just as a crime is an outrage against the peace and security of the people at large, so must its vindication be in the name of the People.  However, it the action is instituted in the name of the offended party or of a particular city, the defect is merely of form and may be cured at any state of the trial.

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