[G.R. No. L-13239. March 24, 1961. ]
STEWART E. TAIT, B. H. BERKENKOTTER, W. ICK and ROSE L. HARRIES, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. PLACIDO L. MAPA, J. AMADO ARANETA, MA-AO SUGAR CENTRAL, CO., and FINANCING CORPORATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, Defendants-Appellants.
Ledesma, Puno, Guytingco, Hilado, Antonio, & Associates for Defendants-Appellees. Vicente Hilado for appellants.
1. APPEAL AND ERROR, JURISDICTION; AMOUNT INVOLVED LESS THAN P200,000.00; ISSUES FACTUAL. — The amount involved exclusive of interest being less than P2000,000, and the issues being factual, the Supreme Court is without jurisdiction to take cognizance of this appeal.
R E S O L U T I O N
This is an appeal from a decision of the Court of First Instance of Manila, the dispositive part of which reads as follows:jgc:chanrobles.com.ph
"Wherefore, judgment is hereby rendered against the defendants Placido L. Mapa, J. Amado Araneta, Ma-ao Sugar Central Co., Inc. and Financing Corporation of the Philippines, sentencing them jointly and severally to pay the plaintiff the following amounts:chanrob1es virtual 1aw library
(a) S.E. TAIT P121,783.94
Stephen P. Brankov and
Lina Wasserman in
substitution of Rose L. Harris 118,786.43
Bernard E. Berkenkotter
(executor of the estate
of B. H. Berkenkotter)
and W. Ick 43,837.08.
with interest thereon
at the rate of six (6%) per
cent per annum from October 13,
1953, when this suit was filed,
until full payment; and
(b) Costs of suit."cralaw virtua1aw library
This appeal is, however, within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals, for: (1) Although the aggregate amount of the foregoing judgment is P284,407.45, this sum includes interests accrued before October 13, 1953, deducting which the total principal awarded would be P150,441.65 only; (2) the appeal raises questions of fact and no question of law which is within the exclusive appellate jurisdiction of this Court; and (3) this case involves three (3) separate causes of actions, one in favor of S. E. Tait, for P64,467.66; another in favor of Rose L. Harris, for P62,910.66; and the third, in favor of H. B. Berkenkotter, jointly with W. Ick, for P23,063.33, all exclusive of interest (Republic Act No. 296, section 17, as amended by Republic Act No. 2613, and 29; Go Bon Chiat v. Valmarida, L-4605, April 24, 1953; Samson v. Andal, L-3439, July 31, 1951; A. Soriano y Cia v. Jose, 47 O.G. Supp. 156; International Colleges, Inc. v. Argonza, L-3884, November 29, 1951; Abrasaldo v. Compania Maritima, G.R. No. L-11918, July 31, 1958; R. C. Pangilinan & Co., Inc. v. J. Pasicolan, L-13317, April 25, 1960; Cajilig, Et Al., v. Co, L-12800, August 5, 1960).
WHEREFORE, the record of this case should be, as it is hereby remanded to the Court of Appeals for disposition, in accordance with law. It is so ordered.
Bengzon, Actg. C.J., Padilla, Bautista Angelo, Labrador, Reyes, J.B.L., Barrera, Paredes and Dizon, JJ., concur.