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G.R. NO. 179018 - Paglaum Management & Development Corp. and Health Marketing Technologies, Inc. v. Union Bank of the Philippines, Notary Public John Doe, and Register of Deeds of Cebu City and Cebu Province; J. King & Sons. Co., Inc., Intervenor

G.R. NO. 179018 - Paglaum Management & Development Corp. and Health Marketing Technologies, Inc. v. Union Bank of the Philippines, Notary Public John Doe, and Register of Deeds of Cebu City and Cebu Province; J. King & Sons. Co., Inc., Intervenor

PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

SPECIAL SECOND DIVISION

G.R. NO. 179018 : April 17, 2013

PAQLAUM MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT CORP. and HEALTH MARKETING TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Petitioners, v.UNION BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES, NOTARY PUBLIC JOHN DOE, and REGISTER OF DEEDS of Cebu City and Cebu Province, Respondents,
J. KING & SONS CO., INC., Intervenor.

R E S O L U T I O N

SERENO, C.J.:

Union Bank filed this Motion for Reconsideration from our Decision1 dated 18 June 2012. For the first time, it raises three new arguments. First, it states that the 11 December 1998 Restructuring Agreement is null and void, because the condition precedent - that the borrower should not be in default- was not complied with. Thus, the nullity of the agreement revived the Real Estate Mortgages, which have a different venue stipulation.2 Second, assuming arguendo that the Restructuring Agreement is enforceable, it was only between Health Tech and Union Bank. PAGLAUM was a party only to the Real Estate Mortgages dated 11 February 1994 and 22 April 1998, and not to the Restructuring Agreement. Therefore, the venue insofar as it is concerned is exclusively in Cebu City pursuant to the venue stipulation in the mortgage contracts. 3 Third, the Complaint being an accion reivindicatoria, the assessed value of the real property as stated therein determines which court has exclusive jurisdiction over the case. Hence, as the Complaint does not show on its face the assessed value of the parcels of land, the Regional Trial Court's (RTC's) assumption of jurisdiction over the case was without basis.4chanroblesvirtualawlibrary

Union Bank also reiterates its argument in its Comment5 that the Restructuring Agreement is entirely separate and distinct from the Real Estate Mortgages. Accordingly, since the Complaint relate exclusively to the mortgaged properties, the venue stipulation in the Real Estate Mortgages should apply.6chanroblesvirtualawlibrary

We deny the Motion for Reconsideration.

Issues raised for the first time in a motion for reconsideration before this Court are deemed waived, because these should have been brought up at the first opportunity.7 Nevertheless, there is no cogent reason to warrant a reconsideration or modification of our 18 June 2012 Decision.

Union Bank raises three new issues that require a factual determination that is not within the province of this Court.8 These questions can be brought to and resolved by the RTC as it is the proper avenue in which to raise factual issues and to present evidence in support of these claims.

Anent Union Bank's last contention, there is no need for the Court to discuss and revisit the issue, being a mere rehash of what we have already resolved in our Decision.

WHEREFORE, in view of the foregoing, we DENY the Motion for Reconsideration with FINALITY.

SO ORDERED.


Endnotes:


1 Rollo, pp. 412-421.ςrαlαωlιbrαrÿ

2 Id. at 423-427.ςrαlαωlιbrαrÿ

3 Id. at 427-429.ςrαlαωlιbrαrÿ

4 Id. at 429-431

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