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

Civil Law

Geluz v. CA G.R. No. L-16439, July 20, 1961 Persons and Family Relations

FACTS: Nita Villanueva came to know petitioner Antonio Geluz, a physician, for the first time in 1948 — through her aunt. In 1950 she became pregnant by her present husband before they were legally married. Desiring to conceal her pregnancy from her parents, and acting on the advice of her aunt, she had herself aborted… Read More Geluz v. CA G.R. No. L-16439, July 20, 1961 Persons and Family Relations

Civil Law, Remedial Law

Korea Technologies v. Lerma, G.R. No. 143581, 2008 Contracts with Arbitration Clause, Lex Loci Celebrationis

FACTS: Private respondent Pacific General Steel Manufacturing Corp. (PGSMC), a domestic corporation, and petitioner Korea Technologies Co., Ltd. (KOGIES), a Korean corporation,  executed a Contract whereby KOGIES would set up an LPG Cylinder Manufacturing Plant in Carmona, Cavite. The contract was executed in the Philippines.  The parties amended the contract in Korea, under which, KOGIES… Read More Korea Technologies v. Lerma, G.R. No. 143581, 2008 Contracts with Arbitration Clause, Lex Loci Celebrationis

Constitutional Law, Political Law, Remedial Law

RESIDENT MARINE MAMMALS OF THE PROTECTED SEASCAPE TAÑON STRAIT, e.g., TOOTHED WHALES, DOLPHINS, PORPOISES, AND OTHER CETACEAN SPECIES, Joined in and Represented herein by Human Beings Gloria Estenzo Ramos and Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, In Their Capacity as Legal Guardians of the Lesser Life-Forms and as Responsible Stewards of God’s Creations, Petitioners, v. SECRETARY REYES G.R. No. 180771 April 21, 2015

FACTS: On June 13, 2002, the Government of the Philippines, acting through the DOE, entered into a Geophysical Survey and Exploration Contract-I 02 (GSEC-102) with Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX). This contract involved geological and geophysical studies of the Tañon Strait. The studies included surface geology, sample analysis, and reprocessing of seismic and magnetic… Read More RESIDENT MARINE MAMMALS OF THE PROTECTED SEASCAPE TAÑON STRAIT, e.g., TOOTHED WHALES, DOLPHINS, PORPOISES, AND OTHER CETACEAN SPECIES, Joined in and Represented herein by Human Beings Gloria Estenzo Ramos and Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, In Their Capacity as Legal Guardians of the Lesser Life-Forms and as Responsible Stewards of God’s Creations, Petitioners, v. SECRETARY REYES G.R. No. 180771 April 21, 2015

Civil Law

Tan-Andal v. Andal G.R. No. 196359 May 11,2021 Psychological Incapacity

FACTS: Mario Victor M. Andal and Rosanna L. Tan met in 1975. They eventually lost contact until they reconnected in 1995 when Mario was in the Philippines for a two-month vacation from his work in Italy. They became sweethearts in June 1995. And in July 1995, Mario left for Italy, promising Rosanna that he would… Read More Tan-Andal v. Andal G.R. No. 196359 May 11,2021 Psychological Incapacity