Civil Law

HEIRS OF THE LATE APOLINARIO CABURNAY v. HEIRS OF TEODULO SISON,  G.R. No. 230934, December 02, 2020, J. CAGUIOA Succession, Sale, Co-Ownership

FACTS: Petitioners alleged that on September 23, 1994, respondents’ predecessor-in-interest Teodulo Sison sold a parcel of land to [petitioners’] predecessor-in-interest Apolinario Caburnay. The [subject] property was covered by TCT No. 8791 with an approximate area of 7,768 square meters. The parties agreed that Apolinario would pay P40,000.00 as initial payment of the total purchase price… Read More HEIRS OF THE LATE APOLINARIO CABURNAY v. HEIRS OF TEODULO SISON,  G.R. No. 230934, December 02, 2020, J. CAGUIOA Succession, Sale, Co-Ownership

Civil Law, Criminal Law

Malaki and Salanatin-Malaki v. People G.R. No. 221075 November 15, 2021 Bigamy, the Muslim Code

FACTS: Nerrian Maningo-Malaki claimed that on March 26, 1988, she and petitioner Francis Malaki were married under the religious rites of Iglesia ni Cristo in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. They begot two children. In 2005, Francis left the family home for Tagum City to find a job. He later abandoned their family. Nerrian discovered… Read More Malaki and Salanatin-Malaki v. People G.R. No. 221075 November 15, 2021 Bigamy, the Muslim Code

Criminal Law

Araza v. People G.R. No. 247429, September 08, 2020 R.A. No. 9262, Psychological Violence, VAWC

FACTS: AAA testified that she and petitioner Jaime Araza were married on October 5, 1989 at Malate Catholic Church. Initially, she had no marital issues with Araza until he went to Zamboanga City for their networking business.  It was at this point that she began to notice Araza’s change in behavior. Allegedly, he would act… Read More Araza v. People G.R. No. 247429, September 08, 2020 R.A. No. 9262, Psychological Violence, VAWC

Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Duropan and Coloma v. People G.R. No. 230825, June 10, 2020 In Flagrante Delicto Arrest, Unlawful Arrest J. Leonen

FACTS: Pascasio Duropan and Raymond Nixer Coloma were Barangay Kagawad and Barangay Tanod, respectively, of Lincod, Maribojoc, Bohol. On March 7, 2009 at 11:30 a.m., Duropan, Coloma, and another barangay official saw William Pacis, et al harvesting nipa palm in a plantation. Coloma approached them and asked who gave them authority to harvest. Pacis replied… Read More Duropan and Coloma v. People G.R. No. 230825, June 10, 2020 In Flagrante Delicto Arrest, Unlawful Arrest J. Leonen

Legal Ethics

Mercado v. Vitriolo A.C. No. 5108 May 26, 2005 Attorney-Client Privilege

FACTS: Complainant Rosa F. Mercado’s husband filed a civil case for annulment of their marriage with the RTC of Pasig City. This annulment case had been dismissed and the same became final and executory on July 15, 1992. In August 1992, Atty. de Leon, counsel of the complainant died. Respondent ¬†Atty. Julito D. Vitriolo entered… Read More Mercado v. Vitriolo A.C. No. 5108 May 26, 2005 Attorney-Client Privilege

Constitutional Law, Political Law

Lansang v. CA G.R. No. 102667 February 23, 2000 The Doctrine of State Immunity from Suit

FACTS: Private respondents were allegedly awarded a “verbal contract of lease” in 1970 by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), a government initiated civic body engaged in the development of national parks, including Rizal Park.  Whoever in NPDC gave such “verbal” accommodation to private respondents was unclear, for indeed no document or instrument appears on… Read More Lansang v. CA G.R. No. 102667 February 23, 2000 The Doctrine of State Immunity from Suit

Remedial Law

CARIAGA v. PEOPLE G.R. No. 180010, July 30, 2010 Criminal Procedure, Liberal Interpretation of the Rules of Court

FACTS: Petitioner, as the municipal treasurer of Cabatuan, Isabela with a Salary Grade of 24, was charged with three counts of malversation of public funds, defined under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code. The RTC convicted petitioner in the three cases. Petitioner, through counsel, in time filed a Notice of Appeal, stating that he… Read More CARIAGA v. PEOPLE G.R. No. 180010, July 30, 2010 Criminal Procedure, Liberal Interpretation of the Rules of Court

Legal Ethics

HDI HOLDINGS v. ATTY. EMMANUEL CRUZ A.C. No. 11724 (Formerly CBD No. 14-4109), July 31, 2018 Disbarred Lawyer

FACTS: HDI retained the services of Atty. Cruz as its in-house corporate counsel and corporate secretary. HDI’s directors and officers were pleased with Atty. Cruz’s performance, thus, in time, he earned their trust and confidence that he was eventually tasked to handle the corporation’s important and confidential matters. However, HDI averred that through Atty. Cruz’s… Read More HDI HOLDINGS v. ATTY. EMMANUEL CRUZ A.C. No. 11724 (Formerly CBD No. 14-4109), July 31, 2018 Disbarred Lawyer

Criminal Law, Remedial Law

US v. Ah Sing G.R. No. L-13005 October 10, 1917 Rules on Foreign Merchant Vessels, Criminal Jurisdiction, Importation of Dangerous Drugs

FACTS: The defendant is a Chinese employed as a fireman on Shun Chang, a foreign steamship which arrived at the port of Cebu on April 25, 1917, after a voyage direct from the port of Saigon.  The defendant bought eight cans of opium in Saigon, brought them on board the steamship Shun Chang, and had… Read More US v. Ah Sing G.R. No. L-13005 October 10, 1917 Rules on Foreign Merchant Vessels, Criminal Jurisdiction, Importation of Dangerous Drugs