May 2004 - Philippine Supreme Court Decisions/Resolutions
Abante Jr : Lamadrid Bearing & Parts Corp : 159890 : May 28, 2004 : First Division : Decision
[G.R. NO. 159890 : May 28, 2004]
EMPERMACO B. ABANTE, JR., Petitioner, v. LAMADRID BEARING & PARTS CORP. and JOSE LAMADRID, President, Respondents.
D E C I S I O N
This is a Petition for Review under Rule 45 of the 1997 Revised Rules of Civil Procedure assailing the Decision dated March 7, 2003 of the Court of Appeals in CA-G.R. SP No. 73102 which affirmed the Resolution dated April 2, 2002 of the National Labor Relations Commission.
Petitioner was employed by respondent company Lamadrid Bearing and Parts Corporation sometime in June 1985 as a salesman earning a commission of 3% of the total paid-up sales covering the whole area of Mindanao. His average monthly income was more or less P16,000.00, but later was increased to approximately P20,269.50. Aside from selling the merchandise of respondent corporation, he was also tasked to collect payments from his various customers. Respondent corporation had complete control over his work because its President, respondent Jose Lamadrid, frequently directed him to report to a particular area for his sales and collection activities, and occasionally required him to go to Manila to attend conferences regarding product competition, prices, and other market strategies.
Sometime in 1998, petitioner encountered five customers/clients with bad accounts, namely: