Actress Cuneta wins ejectment case vs retired SC associate justice

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Sharon Cuneta. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Actress Sharon Cuneta won in a land-dispute case against retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Justo Torres Jr.

In a 14-page decision, the appeals court’s special eleventh division, through Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon, affirmed the lower court’s ruling favoring the ejectment case filed by the actress’ Sharon Cuneta Inc. (SCI) against the Torres family.

The land in question is a 398-square-meter lot located on 205 Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City, which was purchased in 1998 for P5 million. Ten years later, the actress’ firm filed an ejectment case against Torres and his family based on a claim of absolute ownership since petitioner’s (Torres) occupation of the lot was accordingly by mere tolerance.

Petitioners argued that there was a pending case in a different court about the ownership of the lot. Cuneta bought the lot from a certain Antonia Aruego, half-sister of Torres’ wife. Torres argued that Antonia fraudulently subdivided the disputed the lot. He explained that her father’s (Jose Aruego Sr.) share of the over 700-square-meter property was equivalent to only 265 square meters and that, upon his death, it must be divided among his second wife, son, grandchildren and illegitimate daughter Antonia, who cannot have over 300 square meters of it as her share.

But Cuneta argued that the sole issue for resolution was the physical possession of the property. She maintained that she bought the property in good faith, relying solely on the validity of Antonia’s title.

“Petitioner’s contentions are not well taken. It is well established that every person dealing with a registered land may safely rely on the correctness of the certificate of title issued … and the law will in no way oblige him to go beyond the certificate to determine the condition of the property,” the court said.

“The matters concerning the validity of sale and as to whether or not Antonia’s title was fraudulently obtained, as well as SCI’s good faith in acquiring the subject property are the very issues still pending [at Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221],” the court said.

It pointed out that since SCI has the title to the property, “SCI has a clear and legal right to the full possession of the subject property until after its certificate of title thereto shall have been validly annulled.”

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  • Manuel_II

    By reading the above report, i feel there is some injustice.  But who am i to Judge. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Krizz-Ibarra/100000181696874 Krizz Ibarra

    ha ha. typical. shows that justices of the philippine supreme court do not know the “law” . pathetic.

    • ethicsingov

      They know the law but tries to circumvent it (lusot). It so happened that Ms Cuneta could afford good lawyers. So justice may evade to those who does not have the resources to hire a good lawyer. So dapat mga law grads ng UP bilang iskolar ng bayan mag pro-bono naman paminsan-minsan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BWFXXBJ4RBNOYTNM6UMRCNKRUI Rey

    LAWYERS ARE LIARS, THEY TRY TO CIRCUMVENT THE LAW IN THEIR OWN FAVOR. 

    MABUTI IT WAS SHARON CUNETA PANGILINAN ANG BUMILI KUNG IBANG TAO BAKA  NA ALA CORONA BASA GUIDOTE ANG DATING IYAN

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZS723M7OQL5GJ43IEJMJUDDIY hanep

    puede nang  tayuan  ni  mega  ng  townhouses  ang  lupa.  5 million !!  murang mura
    nya  nabili.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NM4SNUMVIXK3ULEJBTUVCJFN4A cool

    nangyari ito sa amin, yong nagretired na judges sa Pasay City, pinorclosed ang property ng Tiyahin namin…at sya ang bumili at sabay retired sya. nasa kaso ngayon ang nakapagtataka ay fully paid ang Property Tax nong time na pinorclose…ganyan ka baboy ang mga nasa posisyun sa atin…sana naman maging totoo ang mga humahawak ng posisyun.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XY4AW6ZJBAPIJ33L7KX6M3IOQI c

    blowout ate shawie!!!! hehehe

  • rickysgreyes

    Mga walang hiya talaga mga supreme court natin

  • UrHONOR

    E yon ngang PINUNO ng mga justices HINDI mapagkakatiwalaan, yon pang mga na sa ibaba?  

    KUNG ano ang puno, siya din ang bunga.  Kaya IWASAN ang koronang tinik na halaman,

    • art_fo_82

      This is totally out of the topic. You are plainly STUPID! 

      • dave batista

        nakasubaybay syo mga batang hamog! “d untouchables” kami! kakampi namin CHR

      • UrHONOR

        TAMA ka…..YOU ARE “totally” and ENTIRELY “out of the topic” and are not only “plainly STUPID” but a NINCOMPOOP as well.

        SANO ka kasing umintindi ng binabasa mo kaya ka nalilito….ang nakikita mo ay mga letra lamang at kapus-palad ka sa pag-unawa ng kabu-uan ng pagpapahayag.

        Inglis-ka-ng-inglis, e, napaka-bano mo naman sa English grammar.  KUNG nakapagtapos ka ng HS, pag-aralan mo na din ang LOGIC para gumana ng katiting ang comprehension mo. NC yan.

        LAS but not da LES, darati dadalawa lang ang uri ng tao ang nalalaman ko:  yong ginagalang at yong pinagpapasensyahan.  Sa pagkalabit mo sa akin, may bago akong natuklasang uri..IKAW as in you:  ang kina-aawaan.  

  • Ulipur

    Apologies. This has nothing to do with the article.

    Only to note the meaning of the name of Sharon Cuneta

    1. Sharon: In nature, this name is connected with a flowering shrub, the rose of Sharon which is named in the bible. “I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys” (Song of Solomon 2:1).

    2. Cuneta: is a Spanish word the English translation of whiich is Gutter or Ditch.

    • billygunn23

       what’s the smell of the Rose of Sharon?

      • brentcom

         DYAN, DYAN, DYAN TAYO…. SA PALAGAY KO AMOY ……KIKO-K. HAHAHAHA

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

      hmmmm….sniff….sniff

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ILJB4LBDSQ2CECUTSU4U3RDI3A 7 iron

    wife of SENATOR Pangilinan…any ?

    • antonioluna

       balita ko maraming inanakan na katulong si mr. noted hehehe

  • antonioluna

    kung hindi kaya si sharon iyon na asawa ng isang senador, kung karaniwang OFW kaya iyon na nakaipon ng pera ang nakabili non ano kaya ang magiging hatol?

  • mutawa

    judge pa ka naman, bobo ka pala.  isang aktres lang pala katumbas mo.  dapat forte mo to pag dating sa legalities on land property ownership, inheritance, estate or whatever.  buti na lang isang aktres na may pang gastos sa korte na kalaban mo.

    • sanjuan683

      BOBO ka di mo ba alam na dinaan ni shovel ay showie pala sa TABA sinbigat ng elepante yun idol mo. heheheheheheh wha!!!!!!

  • $23257130

    o yan ate shawie dapat matuwa ka dyan nanalo ka sa kaso mo. pwede ba itigil mo na pag t twitter mo lumalabas kasagpangan ng ugali mo. di ba?

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    Philippines Just-Tiis System!

    1998 pa yung kaso at ngayon lng naresolve?!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VE7FOU3LEDDIOOB2GN2LQF2MGE Al

      Tunay na Just-Tiis!..hahaha…Parang si Korona, tiis lang at kapit mga kapatid!..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DAAQZ4ACPOLRGYBQ3PHB6S7VEE Mary jorjane Puig

      P?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timmy-Thibodeau/100002366846778 Timmy Thibodeau

    Pa noodles ka naman ate shaw shaw..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/F42GVVUHSDGZPPYM6WAYIKSK7M Arnulfo

    Like father, like daughter. Landgrabbers all. Same old modus. Beware of karma and this should be the one NOTED by the former JBC head Senator Pangilinan.

  • yesyesyo

    Sharon should indeed have the possession of the property.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7FUXJOWCBI44NPUSKUGMLDPXSM Mark Gonzales

    Ang salabahe ng mga tao kung makahusga kay Sharon… Mag isip nga kayo bago mag post. Wala tayong karapatang manghusga sa kapwa natin lalo kung wala naman tayong kinalaman sa personal nyang buhay. Kaya nde umunlad ang Pilipinas dahil may mga taong mataas pa sa height nila ang attitude problem nila. Mga haka haka lang yang mga pino post nyo. Nagmumuka tuloy kayong mga TANGA!

    • sanjuan683

      Di bali tanga huag lang ABNOYING HEHEHEHEHE dahil mental ang pasok mo. heheheheh wha!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

        Di ka pa ba quota?

  • kismaytami

    Nakapagtataka, hindi ba nag-‘due diligence’ ang SCI?

  • mikerocky

    Booom Yaaah! Way to go Tita Shawie! The triumph of Justice! It may be few and far between nowadays, but a triumph nonetheless. Pa-thanksgiving ka naman po Tita. U m/

  • cato_the_younger

    He! He! Parang uso yata sa mga justice ang kumuha ng mga properties na hindi nila pag-aari.

  • hazeleyes555

    im just telling the truth.

  • Mattino2011

    Naku sharon pwede pa-i-appeal sa SC yan ..baka baliktarin ni Corona yan…tapos iiyak iyak ka na naman sa TV

    • sanjuan683

      UNGGOY dahil mo kay ABNOYING sigurado hindi magtatrabaho si NOYNOYING dahil tamad siya sa lahat ng naging presidente siya ang pinaka-ABNOYING, heheheheheheheh wha!!!!!!!!

      • Mattino2011

        May unggoy ka..un galisin pa..sino ka ba tawagin ako ganyan..di kita kilala..FYI di rin ako pro Pnoy..ala ako paki sa kanya…May pinagaralan ka ba? tingn wala

      • DaangTuwid

        He has done this without losing his relaxed, good natured self. He has not taken on the wangwang “I am a powerful man” stance that many with less power so easily take on.
        It is PNoy’s refusal to take on the mannerisms of powerful Filipino politicians that people mistake for sloth. People are not used to powerful politicians who do not behave the way powerful politicians behave. His critics beware.
        It is PNoy’s leadership style, his easygoing, non-threatening personality which is a major reason for his high trust ratings. It is his willingness to give his Cabinet room to initiate reform policies that has enabled this government to implement major reforms in less than 2 years.
        The more significant the reform, the more losers among the powerful.
        When government corporations cease to be milking cows for board members, when military officers stop getting pabaon, there are many people who get unhappy. While there are many anti-corruption reforms in place, public attention has been focused on GMA’s imprisonment, on the Corona impeachment trial. Part of the criticism against PNoy is that he is preoccupied with GMA and Corona, and not paying enough attention to the economy.
        Nothing could be further from the truth. The bulk of PNoy’s time is spent on economic issues. But getting at GMA and Corona, earlier Merceditas Gutierrez, is necessary to dismantle the apparatus of impunity put together by GMA for her cabal.
        Other groups want Corona to remain so they can make last ditch attempts at fending off reform in a court headed by a known enemy of reform. These groups range from bureaucrats defending their perks and bonuses, to Catholic Church conservatives, to corporations who want to retain government subsidies.

  • pyhiG

    congrats! sharon has the right to the property because the land title certificate of the previous owner (antonia aruego) was legitimate. the opponent(s) cannot prove their rights to the property by a simple claim that it has a pending case in a different court. sharon has all the legal rights.
    i can totally understand her frustrations with social media. she is a human being with all kinds of emotions and we can’t expect her to have some kind of switch that turns on/off. give her a break people. all the best from your loyal fan. :)

  • Platypus09

    How many cases she is involved in now?

    Does she know how to get along with people or make decisions without getting tangled with any law?

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