Category Archives: Land

When the sale is made through a public instrument, the execution thereof shall be equivalent to the delivery of the thing which is the object of the contract

It has been established that petitioners validly executed a deed of sale covering the subject parcels of land in favor of respondent after the latter paid the outstanding account of the former with the Philippine Veterans Bank. Article 1498 of … Continue reading

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Whether the husband’s assent to the initial partition agreement serves as an admission against interest?

Finally, as to whether respondent’s assent to the initial partition agreement serves as an admission against interest, in that the respondent is deemed to have admitted the existence of co-ownership between him and petitioner, we rule in the negative. An … Continue reading

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Whether the Torrens title over the disputed properties was collaterally attacked in the action for partition?

Would a resolution on the issue of ownership subject the Torrens title issued over the disputed realties to a collateral attack? Most definitely, it would not. There is no dispute that a Torrens certificate of title cannot be collaterally attacked,[32] … Continue reading

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Whether an action for partition precludes a settlement on the issue of ownership?

Our disquisition in Municipality of Biñan v. Garcia[28] is definitive. There, we explained that the determination as to the existence of co-ownership is necessary in the resolution of an action for partition.  Thus:             The first phase of a partition … Continue reading

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The applicant for registration must present a copy of the original classification approved by the DENR Secretary and certified as a true copy by the legal custodian of the official records

The Motion for Reconsideration fails. The Advance Plans and Consolidated Plans are hardly the competent pieces of evidence that the law requires.  The notation by a geodetic engineer on the survey plans that properties are alienable and disposable does not … Continue reading

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What are the things to be established in order to be qualified applicants for registration of title?

After going over the records, the Court agrees with the OSG that the respondents indeed failed to sufficiently prove that they are entitled to the registration of the subject lands.           Sec. 14(1) of P.D. No. 1529[7] in relation to … Continue reading

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After the expiration of the one-year period from the issuance of the registration decree upon which it is based, the title becomes incontrovertible

Further, the CA, in its Decision dated 17 August 2007, correctly observed that a certificate of title serves as evidence of an indefeasible title and after the expiration of the one-year period from the issuance of the registration decree upon … Continue reading

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