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[G.R. No. 11930. February 2, 1917. ]

JOSE BRILLANTES, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. LORENZO MARGAREJO and CELESTINA BELMONTE, Defendants-Appellees.

Engracio Padilla for Appellant.

Quintin Salas for appellee Margarejo.

No appearance for the other appellee.

SYLLABUS


1. LIMITATION OF ACTIONS; LAW GOVERNING. — The provisions contained in article 1299 and 1301 of the Civil Code relating to the prescription of actions have been repealed by the passage of the Code of Civil Procedure, and the periods for the prescription of actions mentioned herein are found in chapter 3 of this Code.


D E C I S I O N


CARSON, J.:


The prayer of the complaint in this action is for the annulment of a deed of sale executed on the 10th day of August, 1903, by plaintiff’s wife, Celestina Belmonte, which conveyed a parcel of land, forming part of her paraphernalia property, to the defendant Lorenzo Margarejo, and further for the recovery of possession of the land therein mentioned, on the ground that the deed of sale was executed by plaintiff’s wife after her marriage and without his authority, knowledge, or consent. The complaint was filed on the 12th day of March, 1915. Defendant pleaded prescription of the action thus instituted and judgment was rendered in his favor on various grounds, including that of the prescription of the action.

It is contended that since the evidence discloses that the wife of the plaintiff is still alive, the action should not be of the Civil Code, which are as follows:jgc:chanrobles.com.ph

"The action for nullity shall last four years. This term shall commence to run: . . . when the purpose of the action is to invalidate contracts made by a married woman, without consent or competent authority, from the date of dissolution of the marriage; . . ."cralaw virtua1aw library

We are of opinion, however, that the provisions of this article, as also the provisions of article 1299 of the Civil Code, which relate to actions brought for the rescission of contracts and which were relied upon by the plaintiff in the court below, have been repealed by the provisions of chapter 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure. (Cf. Willard’s Notes to the Spanish Civil Code, p. 75.)

Section 39, contained in that chapter, provides that: "civil actions can only be commenced within the periods prescribed in this chapter after the cause of action accrues: . . ."cralaw virtua1aw library

Section 40, also contained in that chapter, provides that: "an action for recovery of title to, or possession of, real property, or an interest therein, can only be brought within ten years after the cause of such action accrues."cralaw virtua1aw library

Section 43, also contained in that chapter, provides that: "civil actions other than for the recovery of real property can only be brought within the following periods after the right of action accrues:jgc:chanrobles.com.ph

"1. . . .

"2. . . .

"3. Within four years: . . . an action for an injury to the rights of the plaintiff not arising on contract and not hereinafter enumerated."cralaw virtua1aw library

Section 44, also contained in that chapter, provides that: "an action for relief not herein provided for can only be brought within ten years after the cause of action accrues."cralaw virtua1aw library

Since the undisputed evidence discloses that the cause of action accrued more than ten years prior to the institution of these proceedings, there can be no question that the action had prescribed under one or other of the above-cited provisions of the new Code of Civil Procedure, thought we do not stop to consider or decide which of these periods of prescription should be applied in the case at bar, because the pleadings are so inartificially drawn as to render it difficult to determine the precise nature of the action, or rather of he theory upon which the case was finally submitted and tried in the court below, and it is not necessary for us to go into that question for the proper disposition of the case.

We conclude that the judgment entered in the court below should be affirmed, with he costs of this instance against the appellant. So ordered.

Torres, Moreland, Trent and Araullo, JJ., concur.

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