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People vs. Endino, GR 133026, 20 February 2001
Whether or not trial court erred in admitting the videotape confession as evidence .
The interview and confession does not form part of custodial investigation since it was not given to the police officers but to the media in an attempt to elicit sympathy and forgiveness from the public. However, because of the inherent danger in the use of television as a medium for admitting guilt, it is prudent that trial courts are reminded that extreme caution must be taken in further admitting similar confessions. We should never presume that all media confessions described as voluntary have been given freely. It should be thoroughly examined and scrutinized.