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A.C. No. 8903, August 30, 2017 - EDIGARDO V. BONDOC, Complainant, v. ATTY. OLIMPIO R. DATU, Respondent.

PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

FIRST DIVISION

A.C. No. 8903, August 30, 2017

EDIGARDO V. BONDOC, Complainant, v. ATTY. OLIMPIO R. DATU, Respondent.

D E C I S I O N

JARDELEZA, J.:

The Case


On February 22, 2011, the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) received a Sinumpaang Salaysay1  signed by complainant Edigardo V. Bondoc, (Bondoc) seeking the disbarment of respondent Atty. Olimpio R. Datu (Datu) for alleged violations of the Code of Professional Conduct. Acting on this matter, this Court required Datu to file his comment.2  After this, the parties were required to attend a series of mandatory conferences before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Commission on Bar Discipline. Upon filing of their position papers at the end of the mandatory conference, the Commission on Bar Discipline rendered its report and recommendation. The IBP adopted the recommendation with modification and forwarded the resolution to this Court.

The Facts


Bondoc claims that sometime in November 2006, he consulted Datu regarding a civil case for damages that he intended to file against a certain John Paul Metcado (Mercado). Bondoc disclosed to Datu that he figured in a vehicular accident caused by Mercado. Because of his injuries, Bondoc had to be hospitalized and was forced to spend P100,000 in medical expenses. Mercado attempted to settle the matter with him but he was paid the small sum of P30,000. Bondoc thus sought to hire Datu to file a civil case for damages. Datu assured Bondoc that given the facts, he had a strong case. Bondoc and Datu then agreed that Datu will handle the filing of the case. In return, Bondoc undertook to pay Datu P25,000 in attorney's fees. Bondoc complied with his obligation by paying Datu in two installments. He paid P15,000 on February 6, 2007 and P10,000 on August 6, 2007. The checks covering these payments were received by a certain Tess Pano, a staff in Datu's office. Bondoc also turned over to Datu all the documents pertinent to the civil damages case. He then regularly followed up on the progress of the case. However, Datu persistently told him to give the court more time.3

Meanwhile, on February 12, 2008, Bondoc consulted Datu about a complaint for estafa and illegal recruitment which he intended to file against Ronald De Auzen (Auzen) and Nor-ain M. Blah (Blah). He relayed to Datu that he had already sent demand letters with the assistance of a certain SPO2 Jose Alamin Ho of the Pampanga Police and that he only needed help in drafting affidavits. Datu offered his services in drafting the affidavits for Bondoc and two other persons also intending to file cases against Auzen and Blah. For this service, Datu charged the total amount of P1,200.4

More than a year later, Datu still made no reports to Bondoc regarding the civil case for damages. When Bondoc inquired with the trial court in San Fernando City, he was informed that no civil suit for damages was filed against Mercado in his behalf. Bondoc then asked Datu about the status of the case without disclosing that he had already inquired with the court. Datu requested Bondoc to return the next day. When he returned, Datu showed him a letter5  dated May 5, 2008 which Datu supposedly sent to Mercado inviting the latter to a meeting to discuss a possible settlement of the case. On the date set for the conference, only Bondoc attended. Datu related to Bondoc that he had talked to Mercado's lawyer who informed him that Mercado had already paid Bondoc P500,000 in settlement. Bondoc denied this and presented to Datu the acknowledgment receipt showing that he was only paid P30,000. Bondoc further claims that he requested Datu to pursue the case and the latter acceded. However, notwithstanding the several months that had passed, Datu still took no steps to file the civil case. Because of this, Bondoc demanded the return of the P25,000 which he paid. Datu, however, refused.6

In his comment,7 Datu vehemently denied Bondoc's allegations. He claims that sometime in November 2006, Bondoc went to his office to hire him as a lawyer in connection with the case for civil damages which Bondoc intended to file against Mercado. Datu states that Bondoc told him he only received a measly sum of P30,000 from Mercado because of the accident. Believing that Bondoc had a meritorious cause of action, Datu agreed to represent him. Bondoc returned to his office in February 2007 to deliver two checks, worth P15,000, to cover his attorney's fees.8  Datu alleges that he sent a letter to Mercado inviting him to a conference with Bondoc before the case was filed in court. To prove this, he attached as Annex 1 of his comment a letter9  dated May 5, 2008. He then claims that Mercado's counsel called him and told him that Mercado had already settled the matter and paid Bondoc P500,000.10  As proof of this, Datu attached to his comment an unsigned document purporting to be the affidavit11 of a certain Hector Mercado claiming to be the father of Mercado and asserting that he settled his son's liability to Bondoc through the payment of P500,000. Datu states that he confronted Bondoc about this matter who eventually admitted that he did, in fact, receive P500,000. Because of this, Datu no longer filed the complaint.12

Datu further claims that Bondoc also employed his legal services for the filing of an estafa and illegal recruitment case. He alleges that he drafted the complaint-affidavit for Bondoc and two other complainants. They purportedly agreed that Bondoc will give Datu a personal computer as payment for his attorney's fees. Datu also said that Bondoc also obtained his services in drafting demand letters. However, due to an unexpected tum of events, their lawyer-client relationship was terminated. According to Datu, he was surprised when Bondoc started demanding the refund of P15,000. He explained that while it is true that Bondoc gave him two checks in the amount of P8,000, Bondoc had supposedly intended this as payment of Datu's attorney's fees for his legal services to certain Spouses Gonzales. Bondoc had allegedly owed the Spouses Gonzales a sum of money.13

IBP Commissioner Jaime G. Oracion (Commissioner Oracion) recommended that Datu be found liable for violating Rule 16.03 of Canon 16, Canon 17, and Rule 18.03 of Canon 18 of the Code of Professional Responsibility, suspended from the practice of law for three months, and ordered to pay Bondoc P25,000 with legal interest.14  The IBP Board of Governors adopted Commissioner Oracion's recommendation with modification. It increased the amount from P25,000 to P30,000 and decreased the period of suspension from three months to one month.15

The Ruling of the Court


We agree with the IBP's findings that Datu breached his obligation under the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Bondoc's allegation is clear and simple. He obtained Datu's services to file a civil case for damages. Datu agreed and received P25,000 as attorney's fees. This amount was paid in two installments - P15,000 on February 6, 2007 and P10,000 on August 6, 2007. However, instead of filing the civil case for damages, Datu did nothing. He only acted more than a year later when Bondoc demanded for an update as to the progress of the case. Further, even when Datu finally decided to render the legal service he promised, all he did was to draft a letter inviting Mercado to a meeting. This meeting never took place. After this, Datu chose to no longer act on the matter. Datu admitted these in his pleadings.16

While Datu insists that he properly performed his obligation as Bondoc's lawyer in the case for civil damages, the evidence clearly shows that the only effort that Datu made was to write a letter to Mercado 18 months from the time that Bondoc obtained his services. This letter  purportedly invited Mercado to a meeting. This meeting, however, did not push through as Datu claims that Mercado's counsel had informed him that Mercado had already settled the matter by paying Bondoc P500,000. While Bondoc asserts that he denied Mercado's version and even presented to Datu the acknowledgment receipt showing that he received a mere P30,000, Datu, instead of endeavoring to ascertain the truth of Mercado's claim, merely decided to believe Mercado's story hook, line and sinker. Datu attempts to prove his claim by presenting an affidavit allegedly signed by a certain Hector Mercado stating that Bondoc had already been paid P500,000. The document, however, is both unsigned and undated. Datu claims that this document was lifted from his computer files. Elementary rules of evidence prevent us from giving weight to this affidavit. Neither has its due execution or authenticity been established.17

While Datu claims that he has no obligation to return Bondoc's payment because he purportedly rendered other legal services, no proof exists in the record to show that he legally represented Bondoc in any case for which the latter owes him payment. Datu points to a complaint-affidavit which he allegedly assisted Bondoc in drafting. The document attached to prove this does not in any way show that Datu indeed provided such assistance. He also asserts that he drafted demand letters for Bondoc. We note that there are two sets of demand letters presented to establish this allegation. None of these letters prove Datu's story. One set of demand letters themselves clearly state that they were drafted with the assistance of a certain SPO2 Jose Alamin Ho.18  Meanwhile, the other set shows Datu as counsel but these letters are unsigned and show no indication that they were duly sent out to, and received by, the proper parties.19

Finally, Datu also claims that in addition to the P15,000 that he received from Bondoc, he also received P8,000. According to him, this was not intended as payment for the services he rendered to Bondoc. Datu alleges that this was payment for his legal services to the Spouses Gonzalez, to whom Bondoc owed a sum of money. There is, however, nothing in the record to prove that Datu represented the Spouses Gonzalez in any proceeding.

Canon 17 of the Code of Professional Responsibility reminds lawyers that they owe fidelity to the cause of their client. Inextricably linked to this duty is Rule 18.03 of Canon 18 which impresses upon lawyers not to neglect a legal matter entrusted to them. In Camara v. Reyes20 (Camara), we reiterated that the duty of fidelity and the obligation not to neglect a legal matter entrusted by the client mean nothing short of entire devotion to the client's genuine interest and warm zeal in the defense of his or her rights. Lawyers must exert their best efforts to preserve their clients' cause. Unwavering loyalty displayed to a client also serves the ends of justice. Hence, in Camara, where the respondent Atty. Reyes, after receiving his attorney's fees, took no steps to protect his client's interest, we found him liable under Rule 18.03 of Canon 18 and suspended him for a period of six months.21

This case also bears semblance to the case Sencio v. Calvadores22 (Sencio). In Sencio, Atty. Calvadores received the amount of P12,000 as attorney's fees. He undertook to prosecute the civil aspect of his client's case which involved the death of the latter's son in a vehicular accident. While the client persistently asked for updates and Atty. Calvadores continuously reassured her, she eventually found out that no case was ever filed.23 We found Atty. Calvadores liable under Canon 17 and Rule 18.03 of Canon 18. In this case, we reminded members of the legal profession that "[o]nce a lawyer agrees to handle a case, he should undertake the task with dedication and care; less than that, he is not true to his oath as a lawyer."24  For his violation, we suspended Atty. Calvadores for six months.25

This court has consistently penalized lawyers who fall short of their obligation to manifest devotion and diligence to protect the interest of the client by failing to file his or her client's initiatory action after receiving attorney's fees. This is the import of our ruling in the cases Camara, Sencio, as well as in Reyes v. Vitan 26 and Solidon v. Macalalad.27  In all these cases, we imposed a penalty of suspension for a period of six months.

Applying these rulings to the present case, this court finds that Datu fell short of the fidelity and diligence that he owed his client Bondoc. Datu failed to protect Bondoc's interest by: (1) not acting on the complaint he promised to file on behalf of Bondoc; (2) acting on the matter only after 18 months and after Bondoc's persistent inquiries; and (3) by believing Mercado's alleged payment to Bondoc without as much as demanding any proof of this payment. Rather than securing Bondoc's interest, Datu chose to side with Mercado. This is not the kind of unwavering loyalty and diligence that is expected of members of the legal profession.

Further, having failed to render legal services, Datu has the legal and moral obligation to return the P25,000 which he received. Rule 16.03 of Canon 16 mandates that "[a] lawyer shall deliver the funds and property of his client when due or upon demand x x x." Failure to do so merits the imposition of disciplinary action. In addition to the imposition of disciplinary action, this Court, in a number of cases,28  has also ordered the return of the attorney's fees received with legal interest.

Thus, in accordance with our consistent ruling, the proper penalty that should be imposed in this case is suspension from the practice of law for a period of six months. Further, Datu must also return the P25,000 he received from Bondoc with legal interest.

WHEREFORE, in view of the foregoing, we AFFIRM WITH MODIFICATION Resolution No. XX-2013-374 of the IBP Board of Governors. We impose upon Atty. Olimpio R. Datu the penalty of SIX MONTHS SUSPENSION from the practice of law for violation of Rule 16.03, Rule 18.03, and Canon 17 of the Code of Professional Responsibility, effective upon finality of this Decision. He is also STERNLY WARNED that a repetition of the same or similar acts will be dealt with more severely.

Atty. Olimpio R. Datu is also ORDERED to RETURN to Edigardo V. Bondoc the amount of P25,000 with legal interest from the date of finality of this Decision until the full amount is returned.

Let copies of this Decision be furnished to the Office of the Bar Confidant and noted in Atty. Olimpio R. Datu's record as a member of the Bar.

SO ORDERED.

Del Castillo, (Acting Chairperson),*** and Tijam, JJ., concur.
Sereno, CJ., and Leonardo-De Castro, J., on official leave.

Endnotes:


*** Designated Acting Working Chairperson per Special Order No. 2473 dated August 24, 2017.

1Rollo, p. l.

2  Id. at 5.

3Id. at 53-54.

4Id. at

5Id. at 69.

6Id. at 55.

7Id. at 10-15.

8Id. at 10-11.

9Id. at 16.

10Id. at 11.

11Id. at 17.

12Id. at 11.

13Id. at 12-13.

14Id. at 117.

15Id. at 112.

16Id. at 12-13.

17 RULES OF COURT, Rule 132, Sec. 20.

18Rollo, pp. 65-66.

19Id. at 30-31.

20 612 Phil. 1 (2009).

21 Id. a t6-7.

22 443 Phil. 490 (2003)

23Id. at 492.

24Id. at 494. Citation omitted.

25Id. at 495.

26 496 Phil. 1 (2005).

27 627 Phil. 284 (2010).

28Solidon v. Macalalad, supra; Sencio v. Calvadores, supra note 22.



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  • G.R. No. 225442, August 08, 2017 - SAMAHAN NG MGA PROGRESIBONG KABATAAN (SPARK), JOANNE ROSE SACE LIM, JOHN ARVIN NAVARRO BUENAAGUA, RONEL BACCUTAN, MARK LEO DELOS REYES, AND CLARISSA JOYCE VILLEGAS, MINOR, FOR HERSELF AND AS REPRESENTED BY HER FATHER, JULIAN VILLEGAS, JR., Petitioners, v. QUEZON CITY, AS REPRESENTED BY MAYOR HERBERT BAUTISTA, CITY OF MANILA, AS REPRESENTED BY MAYOR JOSEPH ESTRADA, AND NAVOTAS CITY, AS REPRESENTED BY MAYOR JOHN REY TIANGCO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 190004, August 08, 2017 - LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES, Petitioner, v. EUGENIO DALAUTA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 218911, August 23, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. LEONARDO SIAPNO, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 221732, August 23, 2017 - FERNANDO U. JUAN, Petitioner, v. ROBERTO U. JUAN (SUBSTITUTED BY HIS SON JEFFREY C. JUAN) AND LAUNDROMATIC CORPORATION, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 222821, August 09, 2017 - NORTH GREENHILLS ASSOCIATION, INC., Petitioner, v. ATTY. NARCISO MORALES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 227878, August 09, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. GERALDO SANTILLAN Y VILLANUEVA AND EUGENE BORROMEO Y NATIVIDAD, Accused-Appellants.

  • G.R. No. 211222, August 07, 2017 - ALLAN S. CU, Petitioner, v. SMALL BUSINESS GUARANTEE AND FINANCE CORPORATION THROUGH MR. HECTOR M. OLMEDILLO, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 186329, August 02, 2017 - DR. FRISCO M. MALABANAN, Petitioner, v. SANDIGANBAYAN, Respondent.; G.R. Nos. 186584-86, August 2, 2017 - ABUSAMA MANGUDADATU ALID, Petitioner, v. THE HON. SANDIGANBAYAN - 1st DIVISION, OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, HON. SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Respondents.; G.R. No. 198598, August 2, 2017 - ABUSAMA M. ALID, Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 223366, August 01, 2017 - NATIONAL TRANSMISSION CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. OROVILLE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 226679, August 15, 2017 - SALVADOR ESTIPONA, JR. Y ASUELA, Petitioner, v. HON. FRANK E. LOBRIGO, PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH 3, LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY, AND PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 219500, August 09, 2017 - MAMERTO DY, Petitioner, v. MARIA LOURDES ROSELL ALDEA, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 217965, August 08, 2017 - CONFEDERATION OF COCONUT FARMERS ORGANIZATIONS OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC. (CCFOP), Petitioner, v. HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BENIGNO SIMEON C. AQUINO III, ACTING COMMISSIONER RICHARD ROGER AMURAO OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON GOOD GOVERNMENT (PCGG), CHAIRMAN CESAR L. VILLANUEVA OF THE GOVERNANCE COMMISSION FOR GOCCS (GCG), AND SECRETARY LEILA M. DE LIMA OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Respondents.

  • A.M. No. MTJ-17-1900 [Formerly OCA IPI No. 13-2585-MTJ], August 09, 2017 - ARNEL MENDOZA, Complainant, v. HON. MARCOS C. DIASEN, JR., ACTING PRESIDING JUDGE, METROPOLITAN TRIAL COURT, BR. 62, MAKATI CITY, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 217764, August 07, 2017 - ANTONIETA LUCIDO @ TONYAY, Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • A.M. No. P-16-3424 [Formerly OCA I.P.I. No. 11-3666-P], August 07, 2017 - GLORIA SERDONCILLO, Complainant, v. SHERIFF NESTOR M. LANZADERAS, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, BRANCH 37, GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 199710, August 02, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. PO3 JULIETO BORJA, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 228248, August 09, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ROMEO DE GUZMAN Y DE CASTRO, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 228894, August 07, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. JOHN PAUL CERALDE Y RAMOS, Accused-Appellant.

  • A.C. No. 8903, August 30, 2017 - EDIGARDO V. BONDOC, Complainant, v. ATTY. OLIMPIO R. DATU, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 201665, August 30, 2017 - EDISON (BATAAN) COGENERATION CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, Respondent.; G.R. No. 201668, August 30, 2017 - REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, REPRESENTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, Petitioner, v. EDISON (BATAAN) COGENERATION CORPORATION, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 10245, August 16, 2017 - ELIBENA A. CABILES, Complainant, v. ATTY. LEANDRO S. CEDO, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 188144, August 30, 2017 - F.F. CRUZ & COMPANY, INC., Petitioner, v. PHILIPPINE IRON CONSTRUCTION AND MARINE WORKS, INC., AND/OR ANCHOR METALS CORP., Respondents.; G.R. NO. 188301 - PHILIPPINE IRON CONSTRUCTION AND MARINE WORKS, INC., AND/OR ANCHOR METALS CORP., Petitioners, v. F.F. CRUZ & COMPANY, INC., Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 201806, August 14, 2017 - NORTH SEA MARINE SERVICES CORPORATION, MS. ROSALINDA CERDINA AND/OR CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, Petitioners, v. SANTIAGO S. ENRIQUEZ, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 210209, August 09, 2017 - CATHAY LAND, INC. AND CATHAY METAL CORPORATION, Petitioners, v. AYALA LAND, INC., AVIDA LAND CORPORATION AND LAGUNA TECHNOPARK, INC., Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 188027, August 09, 2017 - SWIRE REALTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. SPECIALTY CONTRACTS GENERAL AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC. AND JOSE JAVELLANA, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 195457, August 16, 2017 - READ-RITE PHILIPPINES, INC., Petitioner, v. GINA G. FRANCISCO, MAXIMINO H. REYES, LUCIA E. MACHADO, IRENE G. ABANILLA, EDNA L. GUAVES, ARLENE FRANCISCO, JOSEPHINE V. TRINIDAD, MARILYN E. AMPARO, SOLITA F. SANTOS, ELLEN T. CASTILLO, ROSALIE VALDEABELLA, MARITA E. RIVERA, JULITA M. MAGNO, MARCIA P. DELA TORRE, ELENA ANGCAHAN, ESTER H. REYES, CORAZON ARMADILLA, IRMA A. PEREGRINO, DELFIN D. DUBAN, AMANCIA PRADO, CECILIA D. NABUA, DANNY A. CABUCOY, ELIZABETH R. REVELLAME, ELVIRA R. MAGNO, GIERLYN R. MARASIGAN, JOHN JOSEPH R. MAGNO, LODELYN P. CASTILLO, JUSTINA TORTOSA, LENY M. ZARENO, LOIDA E. ESTOMATA, MA. BASILIA DE LA ROSA, MA. GRACIA DE GUZMAN, MA. NENITA G. CASTILLO, MERCEDARIO A. MARTINEZ, NORA M. PAVELON, PRECILLA D. MAGBITANG, RAQUEL CABUCOY, REGAL M. ALFARO, RIZA UMANDAP, ROSALITA R. MANLUNAS, ROSEMARIE C. LEYVA, ROSSANA M. YUMOL, SENETA SERENO, VILMA R. MANALO, YOLANDA Y. MANGAOANG, GLORIA BARSOLASCO AND NENA M. REYES, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 211004, August 23, 2017 - QUEEN ERRIKA L. SADDI, Petitioner, v. MARICRIS RENOMERON, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 223592, August 07, 2017 - EQUITABLE INSURANCE CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. TRANSMODAL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 221857, August 16, 2017 - JESUS O. TYPOCO, JR., Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.; G.R. No. 222020 - NOEL D. REYES, Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 223731, August 30, 2017 - ROBELITO MALINIS TALAROC, Petitioner, v. ARPAPHIL SHIPPING CORPORATION, EPIDAURUS S.A., AND/OR NATIVIDAD PAPPAS, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 224204, August 30, 2017 - PHILIPPINE VETERANS BANK, Petitioner, v. SPOUSES RAMON AND ANNABELLE SABADO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 224225, August 14, 2017 - NORMA I. BARING, Petitioner, v. ELENA LOAN AND CREDIT COMPANY, INC., Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 211845, August 09, 2017 - PEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND LAS BRISAS RESORT CORPORATION, Petitioners, v. MARTINEZ LEYBA, INC., Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 215454, August 09, 2017 - HEIRS OF SPOUSES CORAZON P. DE GUZMAN AND FORTUNATO DE GUZMAN, REPRESENTED BY JENIE JANE DE GUZMAN-CARPIO, Petitioners, v. HEIRS OF MARCELIANO BANDONG, REPRESENTED BY REGINA Z. BANDONG, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 201478, August 23, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. PAROK LUMUDAG Y RACMAN @ AKMAD, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 210669, August 01, 2017 - HI-LON MANUFACTURING, INC., Petitioner, v. COMMISSION ON AUDIT, Respondent.

  • A.C. No. 8574, August 16, 2017 - CARMELO IRINGAN, Complainant, v. ATTY. CLAYTON B. GUMANGAN, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 196342, August 08, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Petitioner, v. NOEL GO CAOILI ALIAS "BOY TAGALOG", Respondent.; G.R. No. 196848, August 8, 2017 - NOEL GO CAOILI, Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 230696, August 30, 2017 - WILLIAM R. WENCESLAO, VIVENCIO B. RODRIGO, JR., NOEL N. DAMIASAN, VIRGILIO B. CRISTOBAL, JEMYLITO M. APIAG, JOVENAL P. ATAG, ARNULFO S. DASCO, CARLITO E. INFANTE, ALFREDO T. VISAYA, JAMES M. REAL, RENATO A. GUINGUE, ZACARIAS G. TALABOC, JR., GEORGE N. TAGUIAM, RANDY D. ABRENCILLO, MELECIO B. QUINIMON, CESAR B. JARANILLA, RIZALDE R. BARILE, HERICO A. BUENAVENTE, JERSON A. TATOY, MICHAEL L. CASIANO, FELIX M. DINIAY, PEDRO DELA CRUZ, JR., JHOSEL BOY G. ABAYON, AUGUSTO L. OCENAR, MARIO M. FUNELAS, AND AVELINO T. QUIÑONES, Petitioners, v. MAKATI DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, DANTE ABANDO AND COURT OF APPEALS, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 227734, August 09, 2017 - ROMEO ALBA, Petitioner, v. CONRADO G. ESPINOSA, ET AL., Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 208471, August 02, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ERNESTO SAGANA Y DE GUZMAN, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 207396, August 09, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. DELIA SAUNAR, Accused-Appellant.

  • OCA IPI No. 10-3423-P, August 22, 2017 - JUDGE RAMON V. EFONDO, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT OF GOA, CAMARINES SUR, Complainant, v. EDEN D. FAVORITO, CLERK OF COURT II, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT, GOA, CAMARINES SUR, Respondent.; A.M. No. P-11-2889 [FORMERLY OCA IPI No. 10-10-117-MTC FINANCIAL AUDIT CONDUCTED IN THE MTC OF GOA, CAMARINES SUR] - OFFICE OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, Complainant, v. EDEN D. FAVORITO, CLERK OF COURT II, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT, GOA, CAMARINES SUR, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 197297, August 02, 2017 - REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, Petitioner, v. SPOUSES DANILO GO AND AMORLINA GO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 185420, August 29, 2017 - LANAO DEL NORTE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC., AS REPRESENTED BY ITS GENERAL MANAGER ENGR. RESNOL C. TORRES, Petitioner, v. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF LANAO DEL NORTE, AS REPRESENTED BY ITS GOVERNOR HON. MOHAMAD KHALID Q. DIMAPORO AND ITS PROVINCIAL TREASURER, MILDRED J. HINGCO, PROVINCIAL ASSESSOR, NATIONAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION (NEA), AS REPRESENTED BY ITS ADMINISTRATOR HON. EDITA S. BUENO, POWER SECTOR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES MANAGEMENT (PSALM), AS REPRESENTED BY ITS PRESIDENT AND CEO HON. JOSE C. IBAZETA, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE), AS REPRESENTED BY ITS SECRETARY HON. ANGELO T. REYES, THE COMMISSION ON AUDIT (COA), AS REPRESENTED BY ITS CHAIRMAN HON. REYNALDO A. VILLAR, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 224631, August 23, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. RUPERTO RUBILLAR, JR. Y GABERON, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 221991, August 30, 2017 - JOSELITO PERALTA Y ZARENO, Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 222430, August 30, 2017 - TRANSGLOBAL MARITIME AGENCY, INC., GOODWOOD SHIPMANAGEMENT PTE., LTD. AND/OR MICHAEL ESTANIEL, Petitioners, v. VICENTE D. CHUA, JR., Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 180447, August 23, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. FERNANDO GERONIMO Y AGUSTINE, ALIAS "NANDING BAKULAW", Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 193625, August 30, 2017 - AICHI FORGING COMPANY OF ASIA, INC., Petitioner, v. COURT OF TAX APPEALS - EN BANC AND COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 191615, August 02, 2017 - VICTORIA P. CABRAL, Petitioner, v. HEIRS OF FLORENCIO ADOLFO AND HEIRS OF ELIAS POLICARPIO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 218592, August 02, 2017 - CHRISTOPHER FIANZA A.K.A. "TOPEL," Petitioner, v. PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 185894, August 30, 2017 - BELO MEDICAL GROUP, INC., Petitioner, v. JOSE L. SANTOS AND VICTORIA G. BELO, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 197654, August 30, 2017 - MERCURY DRUG CORPORATION AND ROLANDO J. DEL ROSARIO, Petitioners, v. SPOUSES RICHARD Y. HUANG & CARMEN G. HUANG, AND STEPHEN G. HUANG, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 205483, August 23, 2017 - MARIO MAGAT, SR., MARIO S. MAGAT, JR. MARIO S. MAGAT, III, MA. MARGARITA M. ESTAVILLA, MA. MARJORIE S. MAGAT, ALL SUBSTITUTE PARTIES AND HEIRS OF THE DECEASED PARTY, JULIANA S. MAGAT, Petitioners, v. TANTRADE CORPORATION AND PABLO S. BORJA, JR., Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 180745, August 30, 2017 - ALBERTA DE JOYA IGLESIAS, Petitioner, v. THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN, GEORGE M. JEREOS, ROBERTO G. GEOTINA, JUAN T. TAN, KRISTINE MORALES, AND ALBERTO LINA, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 205638, August 23, 2017 - DEE HWA LIONG FOUNDATION MEDICAL CENTER AND ANTHONY DEE, Petitioners, v. ASIAMED SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 203943, August 30, 2017 - MAGSAYSAY MARITIME CORPORATION/EDUARDO MANESE AND PRINCESS CRUISE LINES, LTD., Petitioners, v. CYNTHIA DE JESUS, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 202364, August 30, 2017 - ARTURO C. CALUBAD, Petitioner, v. RICARCEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Respondent.

  • G.R. No. 199107, August 30, 2017 - ALFONSO SINGSON CORTAL, JUANITO SINGSON CORTAL, NENITA CODILLA, GENEROSO PEPITO LONGAKIT, PONCIANA BATOON, AND GREGORIA SABROSO, Petitioners, v. INAKI A. LARRAZABAL ENTERPRISES, REPRESENTED BY INAKI P. LARRAZABAL, JR., THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, REGIONAL OFFICE NO. VIII, TACLOBAN CITY AND THE HONORABLE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM, QUEZON CITY IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM ADJUDICATION BOARD (DARAB), Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 208314, August 23, 2017 - ANTONIO B. MANANSALA, Petitioner, v. MARLOW NAVIGATION PHILS., INC./MARLOW NAVIGATION CO. LTD./CYPRUS, AND/OR EILEEN MORALES, Respondents.

  • G.R. No. 214771, August 09, 2017 - PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. RUBEN "ROBIN" BONGBONGA Y NALOS, Accused-Appellant.

  • G.R. No. 196564, August 07, 2017 - GOVERNMENT SERVICE INSURANCE SYSTEM (GSIS), Petitioner, v. ALBERT M. VELASCO, Respondent.