Republic of the Philippines
G.R. No. L-20472             May 31, 1965
MARIO P. OUANO and LETICIA O. ARNAIZ, petitioners,
THE COURT OF APPEALS, HON. AMADOR E. GOMEZ, Judge of the Court of First Instance of Cebu, and ANTONIO MA. CUI, respondents.
Efrain C. Pelaez for petitioners.
Candido Vasquez for respondents.
R E S O L U T I O N
Anunciacion P. Vda. de Ouano, widow of Damian M. Ouano, was the duly appointed administratrix of the Intestate Estate of her husband by the CFI of Cebu. (Sp. Proc. No. 2143-R). On July 31, 1961, she presented a petition for authority to sell her one-fourth (1/4) pro-indiviso shares in four parcels of land, described therein. On August 18, 1961, the Court granted the petition and she was "authorized to execute the necessary deed of sale covering one-half undivided share belonging to this estate in the properties described in the petition for the sum of P155,000.00 in favor of Atty. Antonio Ma. Cui was required to deposit the amount. Under date of August 28, 1961, the administratrix filed a motion praying that the offer of Cui be rejected, it appearing that in making the deposit of P155,000.00, Cui claimed that said amount was in payment of the four (4) parcels, and not just for the one-half (½), as ordered by the Court. An opposition to the motion was interposed by Cui. On September 8, 1961 the lower Court sustained the stand of Cui, stating that the bid offered by him (Cui) was understood to be for the four parcels of land. In another Order, of the same date, the court also denied the motion of the administratrix and required her, together with the co-owner of the property, Jovita O. Vda. de Martinez, who appeared before the Court, to execute the necessary deed of sale for the four (4) parcels of land for P155,000.00.
Claiming that the P155,000.00 offer of Cui was accepted by the lower court, without benefit of public bidding, and that there is in fact an offer by the Corominas, Richards & Co., to purchase the same property for P270,000.00, the petitioners herein, Mario P. Ouano and Leticia O. Arnaiz, as heirs of Damian Ouano, presented with the trial Court an "Urgent Motion For Reconsideration and/or Motion to Set Aside Court's Orders dated August 18 and September 8, 1961." Movants therein (now petitioners) were allowed to adduce evidence in support of their Urgent Motion, both oral and documentary. The lower court denied the motion for reconsideration in an Order dated April 3, 1962. On April 11, 1962, petitioners filed a Notice of Appeal against the orders dated August 18 and September 8, 1961, and April 3, 1962. The Appeal Bond and Record on Appeal were also presented within the reglementary period. In an Order of May 3, 1962, the lower court rejected the appeal, on the ground that petitioners "have no legal standing to meddle and interfere with the administration" of the estate, there being a duly appointed administratrix "who is the only party legally clothed with authority to represent it" and also for the reason that the administratrix, having already appealed the orders directing the sale of the property to Antonio Ma. Cui, the appeal of petitioners involving the same subject matter would clearly be a superfluity.
Petitioners, claiming that the reasons advanced by the lower court in rejecting their appeal were not valid, brought the matter to the Court of Appeals on a petition for "Mandamus" praying that the lower court be compelled to give due course to said appeal. After proper proceedings, the Court of Appeals rendered judgment, dismissing the petition, sustaining the lower court in its ruling that petitioners have no legal standing in the case.
During the pendency of this Appeal in this Court, however, counsel for the petitioners, on May 12, 1964, submitted a "Motion" praying for the dismissal of' the petition. Attached to said petition is an Order of the respondent Judge, dated March 25, 1964, the contents of which read:
In her motion, dated March 19, 1964, the administratrix asks that she be allowed to withdraw the petition for authority to sell, dated July 24, 1961, the previous resolutions of which by this Court, having been reversed on appeal by the Court of Appeals.
IN VIEW WHEREOF, the Court hereby declares the aforesaid petition for authority to sell filed by the administratrix withdrawn.
Considering that the present case is an incident to the petition filed by the said administratrix, on July 24, 1961, for authority to sell the interest of the estate over the 4 parcels of land heretofore mentioned, with the withdrawal of said petition for authority to sell, the issues herein involved have become moot and academic. Appeal is dismissed, without pronouncement as to, costs.1äwphï1.ñët
Bengzon, C.J., Bautista Angelo, Reyes, J.B.L., Barrera, Regala, Makalintal, Bengzon, J.P., and Zaldivar, JJ., concur.
Concepcion and Dizon, JJ., took no part.
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