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OBLIGATION AND CONTRACTS  “To give, to do or not to do”


4. Legal tie or Juridical Tie (Efficient Cause):
 The one that binds or connects the parties
Title I: OBLIGATIONS
to the obligations
 This is determined by knowing the source
CHAPTER 1
of the obligation provided under Art. 1159,
GENERAL PROVISIONS
NCC.
(Arts. 1156 to 1162)
Cause of Action:
CONCEPT
A. Essential Elements of Cause of Action:
(Art. 1156)
a. Right – there must be a legal right in favor of the
creditor by whatever means and under whatever law
Art. 1156: “An obligation is a juridical it arises or is created.
necessity to give, to do or not to do” b. Obligation – a correlative legal obligation on the part
of the debtor to respect or not to violate the legal
Obligation is a juridical necessity: right.
- An obligation is a juridical necessity because in case c. Breach – there is a breach or violation of the legal
of non-compliance, the courts may be called upon to right of the creditor committed by the debtor which
enforce the fulfillment of the obligation . results to injury or damage to the creditor. The
creditor shall have the right to file an action for
recovery of damages or relief.
Natures of Obligation
Civil Obligation Natural Moral Obligation B. Effect of Absence:
(Art. 1156) Obligation - Absent of any of the elements of the cause of action
(Art. 1423) results to a motion to dismiss of the complaint due
It is a juridical It do not grant a It is neither to lack of cause of action.
necessity to give, right of action to natural or civil
to do or not to do. enforce the debtor’s obligation but it is
C. Accrual of Cause of Action
performance of the
based on one’s - A cause of action arises only when the last element
obligation
belief and (Breach by the debtor) occurs.
conviction
It gives the However, in case Ex: I should give When does the Cause of Action accrue?
creditor a right of of voluntary something to the a. Action based upon a written contract:
action in court to fulfillment of the church in - It should be brought within 10 years from the time
enforce the obligation by the exchange of all the right of action accrues.
debtor to perform debtor, the debtor b. Action based on a contract:
the blessings I
such obligation may not recover - It accrues only when an actual breach or violation
what has been
received this
thereof occurs not from the date of the execution of
delivered or year.
the contract.
rendered thereof. c. Action to rescind a contract of sale on installment basis
due to non-payment:
Elements or Requisites of an Obligation: - The cause of action arises only at the time the last
1. Active Subject (Creditor/Obligee): installment is not paid. (Nabus vs. CA, 193 SCRA
 Person entitled to demand the fulfillment 732)
of the obligation d. An overdraft agreement stipulates that the obligation is
 Person who has the right to demand the payable on demand:
fulfillment of the obligation from the - The breach starts only when demand is made. (Elido
debtor. vs. CA, 216 SCRA 637)
2. Passive Subject (Debtor/Obligor: e. In a contract of loan with real estate mortgage whereby
 The person who is bound to fulfill the the creditor could unilaterally increase the interest rate;
obligation. the creditor foreclosed the mortgage wherein the debtor
 The person who has the duty to fulfill his failed to pay the loan:
obligation to the creditor. - The cause of action for annulment of the foreclosure
3. Object or Prestation (Subject Matter): sale should be counted from the date the debtor
 The conduct required to be observed by the discovered the increased interest rate. (Banco
debtor. Filipino vs. CA, 388 Phil. 27)

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f. Contract of buy and sell was conditioned upon the  In order that the law will give redress for an act or
conduct of a preliminary survey of the land to verify omission causing damage that act must be hurtful
whether it contained the area stated in the tax and wrongful:
declaration: o The law affords no remedy for damages
- Right of action for specific performance arose only resulting from an act which does not
when the plaintiff discovered the completion of the amount to legal wrong or injury. (BPI vs.
survey. (Cole vs. Gregorio, 202 Phil. 226) CA, 296 SCRA 260).
g. Money claims arising from a contract of employment:
- Prescriptive period: 3 years from the time the cause “Damnum Absque Injuria” (Damage Without Injury) –
of action accrued. There is mere exercise of a right that does not
- The cause of action arises from the date the amount to a cause of action. (see Art. 19, NCC)
employer made a definite denial of the employee’s
claim. (Serrano vs. CA, 415 Phil. 447) Kinds of Obligation according to Subject Matter:
h. Reformation of a contract: wherein the plaintiff alleged a. Real Obligation (Obligation to Give) – The subject
that the contract is one-sided in favor of the defendant, matter (object) is a thing which the debtor must
and that certain events had made the arrangement deliver to the creditor.
inequitable: b. Personal Obligation (Obligation to do or not to do) –
- The cause of action for reformation arises only when The subject matter (object) is an act to be done or not
the contract appeared disadvantageous (Naga to be done.
Telephone vs. CA, 230 SCRA 357)
i. When the nature of the product sold is a major factor in SOURCES OF OBLIGATION:
determining when the cause of action has accrued:
- Example: When fuel oil is delivered in drums, a Art. 1157 – Obligation arises from:
buyer readily assumes that the agreed volume can 1. Law;
be and actually is, contained in those drums. He 2. Contracts;
does not expected to make a meticulous 3. Quasi-Contracts;
measurement of each and every delivery. In case of 4. Acts or omissions punished by law;
short deliveries, the cause of actions will arise only and
from the discovery of the same with certainty. (Phil. 5. Quasi-delicts.
Shell vs. John Bordment, 473 SCRA 151).
Legal Obligations:
Injury vs. Damage: (Art. 1158)
Injury Damage
It is wrongful act or omission The sum of money  Obligation arises from law are imposed by the law
which causes loss or harm to recoverable as amends for itself.
another. the wrongful act or omission. o Ex. Obligation to pay taxes, obligation to
support the family.
Proof of loss for Injury:  Obligations arising from law are not presumed
 A wrongful violation of his legal right is not sufficient because they are considered a burden upon the
to entitle a person to sue another in court for the debtor. (Art. 1158, NCC)
enforcement or protection of said right.  Only those expressly determined in the Civil Code or
 General Rule: There must be loss or damage caused a Special laws are demandable. (Art. 1158, NCC)
to him by the violation of his right.
 Exception: Except for actual or compensatory Illustrative Cases:
damages, no pecuniary proof is necessary in order 1. No employer has an obligation to furnish free legal
that moral, nominal, temperate, liquidated or assistance to his employees because there is no law
exemplary damages may be awarded. requiring this. Therefore, an employee may not
recover from his employer the amount he may have
paid a lawyer hired by him to recover damages
Liability for Damages of a person for exercising his legal causes to said employee by a stranger while in the
right: performance of his duties. (Dela Cruz vs. NTE, 95
 One who make use of his legal right does no injury Phil. 739)
because a person has th right to take all legal steps 2. A private school has no legal obligation to provide
to enforce his legal or equitable rights. clothing allowance to its teachers because there is
no law which imposes this obligation upon schools.

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3. A person who wins money in gambling has the duty thereof has been the long practice of the
to return his winnings to the loser under Art. 2014, company.
NCC. B. A law recognizing the obligatory force of contracts
4. Liability of husband for medical assistance rendered will not permit a party to be set free from liability for
to his wife but contracted by his parents. (Pelayo vs. any kind of misperformance if the contractual
Lauron, 12 Phil. 453) undertaking thereof:
 The rendering of medical assistance in case of Example: “Lex Loci Contractus” (the law of the place
illness is comprised among the mutual where the contract is made) governs OFWs
obligations to which spouses are bound by way whose employment contracts were
of mutual support. approved by the POEA & were entered into
5. Title to property purchased by a person for his own and perfected in the Phils. (PSR vs.
benefit but paid by another: Paramo, 427 SCRA 732).
Martinez vs. Martinez, 1 Phil. 647: C. Where a purchaser of a memorial lot (on installment
Facts: basis) had full knowledge of the terms and
X (legal age) bought 2 vessels from B. the purchase conditions of the sale, including the rules and
price of the 2 vessels was paid by C (X’s father). regulations issued by the seller and the purchaser
Subsequently, differences (nagkaalitan or nagaway)
obliged to abide to it, cannot later feign ignorance
arose between X & C. C brought an action to recover
the vessel from X because he paid for the vessels. of the said rules. (Dio vs. St. Ferdinand Memorial,
Issue: 509 SCRA 453).
Is there any obligation on the part of X to transfer the D. If one of the contracting parties allege some defect
ownership of the vessel to C, his father? in a contract as a reason for invalidating it:
Ruling:  The alleged defect must be proved by him by
None! If any such obligation was ever created on the convincing evidence since its validity or
part of X, said obligation must arise from law. But compliance cannot be left to the will of one of
obligations derived from law are not presumed. Only
them. (Art. 1308, NCC)
those expressly determined in the Civil Code or in the
Special Law are demandable.
 An experienced businessman who signs
important legal papers cannot disclaim the
consequent liabilities therefor after being a
signatory thereon”. (Blade Int’l vs. CA, 372 SCRA
Contractual Obligations:
333)
(Art. 1159)
E. Courts have no alternative but to enforce valid and
binding contracts as they were agreed upon and
Art. 1159 – Obligation arising from
written when the terms thereof are clear and readily
contracts have the force of law between
understandable, leaving no room for interpretation.
the contracting parties and should be
(Art. 1370, NCC)
complied with good faith
F. A compromise agreement is immediately executor
and not appealable except for vice of consent (Art.
Contract – a meeting of mind between 2 persons whereby
1330, NCC) or forgery.
one is binds himself to give something or to render some
service to the other. (Art. 1305, NCC)
Validity of a Contract:
a. Essential Elements of a Valid Contract – Art. 1318, NCC)
Binding force of a Contract:
i. Consent of the contracting parties;
 Obligations arising from contracts are governed by ii. Object certain which is the subject matter of the
the agreement of the contracting parties. contract; and
o Once perfected or upon perfection, valid iii. Cause of the obligation which is established.
contracts have the force of law between b. A valid contract – apart from its essential requisites, a
the contracting parties. contract is valid if it is not contrary to law, morals, good
o Parties are bound fully to comply in good customs, public order and public policy.
faith.
When a contract is required to be approved by the
Instances of non-obligatoriness of a party in a contract: Government:
A. The mere proof of the existence of the contract and
 Such contract becomes the law between the
the failure of its compliance justify a corresponding
contracting parties only when approved.
right of relief. (FGU Insurance vs. Sarmiento
 Example: Contract for overseas employment must
Trucking, GR. 141910, Aug. 6, 2002)
be approved by the POEA (Art. 21(c), LCP)
Example: A “Bonus” is not demandable and
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Compliance in “Good Faith”: prior written contract. Since the debtor agreed to
 Every person must, in the exercise of his rights and pay the creditor the balance of the account
in the performance of his duties, act with justice, independently of the terms of the written
give everyone his due, and observe honesty and contract, he must perform his obligation to pay
good faith. (Art. 19, NCC) according to the tenor of his verbal agreement
 Good faith and fair dealing must be observed to which has the force of law between them. (Hijos
prevent one party from taking unfair advantage over de la rama vs. Inventor, 12 Phil. 45 [1908]).
the other party. 2. Validity of contract stipulating that in case of
 Evasion by a party of the obligation after receiving failure of debtor to pay amount of loan, his
the benefits under the contract would constitute property shall be considered sold to creditor.
unjust enrichment on his part. (Royal Lines vs. CA, - The contract is valid because the parties have
143 SCRA 608) agreed at the same time, in such a manner that
 No party is allowed to change his mind to prejudice the fulfillment of the promise of sale would
the other party. (Chung vs. Ulanday, 632 scra 485) depend upon the non-payment or return of the
amount loaned has not produced any change in
Liability for Breach of Contract: the nature and legal conditions of either contract,
 A party cannot breach a contract with impunity. or any essential defects which would nullify them.
 Actionable injury inheres in every breach of - As the amount loaned has not been paid and
contract. continues in possession of the debtor, it only fair
o The court may impose Interest upon that the promise of sale be carried into effect, and
damages awarded for breach of contract the necessary instruments be executed. That
(Art. 2210) which is agreed to in a contract is law between the
parties, and must be enforced (Alcantara vs.
Unreasonable Delay in demanding performance: Alinea, 8 Phil. 111).
 Failure of either party to demand performance of 3. Validity of a contract for attorney’s fees where the
the obligation of the other party for an amount stipulated is unreasonable:
unreasonable length of time may render the - The court can ignore the contract as to attorney’s
contract ineffective where the contract does not fees because where no special agreement is made
provide for the period within which the parties may by the parties regarding the attorney’s fees, the
demand the performance of their respective courts are authorized to determined the amount
undertakings but the parties did not contemplate to be paid to an attorney as reasonable
that the same could be made indefinitely. compensation for his professional services.
 Mere failure of a party to respond to a demand letter - Likewise, even where the parties have made a
does not constitute an implied admission of liability. written agreement as to the fee, the courts have
(Phil. First Insurance vs. Wallen Phils., 582 SCRA the power to ignore their contract, if the amount
457) fixed is unreasonable, and to limit the fee to a
reasonable amount. (Bachrach vs. Golingco, 35
Preservation of Interest of the Promisee: Phil. 138)
Note: The validity of contingent fee agreement in
 A breach of contract confers upon the injured party
large measure depends on the reasonableness of the
a valid cause for recovering that was lost or suffered. stipulated fees under the circumstances of each case. The
 “Action for Recovery” – this is the remedy serves to reduction of unreasonable attorney’s fees is within the
preserve the interest if the promisee. regulatory powers of the courts to protect from unjust
o This action will let the promise: charges. (Taganas vs. NLRC, 248 SCRA 133)
 benefit of his bargain, or
 in being reimbursed for the loss 4. A big corporation, to avoid cancellation of contract
caused by reliance on the contract; it has breached pleaded considerations of equity:
or - The contract entered between the contracting
 in having restored to him any parties, entered into with the assistance of
benefit that he has conferred on counsel and with full awareness of the import of
the other party. its terms and conditions, is the binding law
between them and equity cannot be pleaded by
Illustrative Cases: one who has not come with clean hands nor
1. Binding force of an oral agreement inconsistent complied therewith in good faith but instead
with a prior written one. willfully breached the contract.
- The debtor is still bound to perform the obligation - The business of big corporations are bound by
notwithstanding the different stipulation of a the lawful contracts that they enter into and

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they do not ask for nor are they entitled to voluntarily received and kept by the buyer which
considerations of equity. (Luzon Brokerage vs. refused to pay the bank.
Maritime Building, 86 SCRA 305) - When both of the parties to a transaction are
5. Corporation unconditionally undertook to redeem mutually negligent in the performance of their
preferred shares at specified dates: obligations, the fault of one cancels the negligence
- The undertaking of the corporation does not of the other and their rights and obligations may be
depend upon its financial ability. It constitutes a determined equitably under the law proscribing
debt known as an obligation to pay money at unjust enrichment. (Rodzssen Supply vs. Far East
some fixed future time, or at a time which Bank, 357 SCRA 618)
becomes definite and fixed by the acts of either
party which they expressly or impliedly agree to Kinds of Quasi-Contracts:
perform in the contract. (Lirag Textile Mill vs. 1. Negotiorum Gestio
SSS, 153 SCRA 338) - It is the voluntary management of the property or
- The Purchase Agreement constitutes the law affairs of another without the knowledge or consent of
between the parties. the latter. (Art. 2144)
o Ex: X (a neighbor), saved the house of Y
Quasi-Contractual Obligations: from being burned. Y has the obligation to
(Art. 1160) reimburse X for the expenses of X incurred
eve though Y did not actually give his
Quasi-Contracts – a juridical relation from a lawful, consent to the act of X in saving his house.
unilateral and voluntary act by which the parties become - Exceptions to Negotiorum Gestio:
bound to each other to the end that no one will be unjustly a. When the property or business is not
enriched or benefited at the expense of another. (Art. 2142) neglected or abandoned. (The provisions
on unauthorized contracts shall govern
Art.1160 – Obligations derived from (Arts. 1317, 1403(1), and 1404)).
quasi-contracts shall be subject to the b. If the manager has been tacitly authorized
provisions of Chapter 1, Title XVII of this by the owner. (The rules on agency shall
Book. govern, Art. 2144)

 A quasi-contract is not a contract at all because there is 2. Solutio indebiti


no consent, however the consent is supplied by fiction of - It is a juridical relation which is created when
law. In other words, the law considers that parties as something is received when there is not right to
having entered into a contract, irrespective of their demand it and it was unduly delivered through
intention in order to prevent injustice. mistake. (Art. 2154)
 Quasi-contracts are governed by Articles 2142 to 2175, - If the payor was in doubt whether the debt was due,
Chapter 1, Title XVII of the NCC. he may recover if he proves that it was not due (Art.
2154)
Example Cases: - The obligation to pay money or return something
1. When a party benefited at the expense of another mistakenly paid or delivered arises from the
not liable to the latter. moment said payment or delivery was made, and
Cruz vs. JM Tuazon, 76 SCRA 543: not from the time the payee admits the obligation
Facts: to reimburse. (CIR vs. Esso Standards, 172 SCRA
By virtue of an agreement between X and Y, X assisted Y 364)
in improving a large tract of land which was later
declared by the court as belonging to C. Application of Solutio Indebiti:
Issue: - Solutio Indebiti is based on the principle that no one shall
Does X have the right to be reimbursed by C for X’s
enrich himself unjustly at the expense of another
services and expenses on the ground that the
- Solutio Indebiti applies to the following:
improvements are being used and enjoyed by C?
Ruling: a. Where the payment is made when there is exists no
No. From the language of Art. 2142, a presumed quasi- binding relations between the payor (who has no
contract cannot emerge as against one party when the duty to pay) and the person who received the
subject matter is already covered by an existing contract payment; and
with another party. X’s cause of action should be against b. Where the payment is made through mistake and
Y who, in turn, may seek relief against C. not through liberality or some other cause.
It is presumed that there was a mistake in the payment
2. Bank paid the seller of goods under an expired if something which had never been due or had already been
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may be proved that the delivery was made out of the The commission of the crime  The commission of the crime
liberality or for any other just cause, (Art. 2163, NCC) has 2 effects: causes not only moral evil but
 Whether the payment was made by 1. On the public – because it also material damage.
mistake, there must be some evidence breaches the social order;  In crime which cause no
establishing the frame of mind of the payor and material damage, there is no
at the time the payment was made. 2. On the private victim – civil liability to be enforced.
because it causes personal  A person not criminally liable
 Gen. Presumption: “Money paid by one to sufferings or injury, each is may still be liable civilly when
another was due to the latter” (Sec. 3(f), addressed by the imposition the obligation arises from
Rule 131, ROC) of heavier punishment on quasi-delict or tort not alleged
the accused and by an award and proved as constituting a
Example Cases: of additional damages to the criminal offense.
1. A tax-exempt cooperative store may recover the viction. (People vs. Catubig,
taxes it has paid to the City government after 363 SCRA 621)
believing that it was liable because such payment
was made under a mistake (UST Cooperative Store Right to recover civil liability:
vs. City of Manila, 15 SCRA 656) - The injured party may enforce his claim for damages
2. Recovery of backwages paid which are legally due: based on civil liability arising from the crime under
- A City government cannot successfully recover the Art. 100, RPC or he may opt to file an Independent
payment it made later to its employee who claim for Civil Action for damages under the Civil Code.
backwages because a judgment against a municipal Reservation and Waiver Independent Civil Action
officer in his official capacity binds the city. The city Only the civil liability arising This does not include
was under obligation to make the payment. It from the offense charged is recovery of civil liability
cannot be said that the payment was made by deemed instituted with the under Arts. 32, 33, 34, and
mistake. (City of Cebu vs. Piccio, 110 Phil. 870) criminal action (Art. 100, 2176 of the Civil Code arising
Other Kinds of Quasi-contracts: RPC) unless the offended from the same act or
- Other kinds of quasi-contracts are provided under party waives the civil action, omission which may be
Arts. 2164 to 2175 of the NCC) reserves his right to institute prosecuted separately even
it separately, or institutes the without a reservation.
civil action prior to the
Civil liability arising from crimes or delicts criminal action.
(Art. 1161) No need for a reservation for Reservation and waiver is not
Independent Civil Action needed to perform.
Art. 1161 – Civil obligations arising from
criminal offenses shall be governed by the penal laws, Scope of civil liability:
subject to the provisions of Art. 2177, and of the 1. The extent of civil liability arising from crimes includes:
pertinent provisions of Chapter 2, Preliminary Title on a. Restitution;
Human Relations, and Title XVIII of this book, b. Reparation for the damage caused; and
regulating damages.
c. Indeminification for consequential damages.
Example:
Relevant penal provisions: X stole the car of Y. If X is convicted, the court will order X:
 Art. 100 (RPC) – Every person criminally liable for a 1. To return the car (or to pay its value if it was lost or
felony is also civilly liable. destroyed);
2. To pay for any damage caused to the car; and
 Other relevant penal provision – Art. 101 to 113 of
3. To pay such other damages suffered by Y as a
the Revised Penal Code. consequence of the crime.

Art. 2177, NCC – Responsibility for fault or negligence under 2. Where the trial courts convicts an accused of a crime
the preceding article (Article 2176) is entirely separate and without ordering payment of any indemnity, the SC
distinct from the civil liability arising from negligence under modify its decision by ordering indemnification of the
the Penal Code. But the plaintiff cannot recover damages offended party pursuant to Art. 100, 104(3) and 107 of
twice for the same act or omission of the defendant. RPC. (People vs. Peña, 80 SCRA 589)

Pertinent Human Relations provisions  Art. 29 to 35 of Obligations arising from quasi-delicts:


the Civil Code. (Art. 1162)

Civil liability arising from crimes or delicts: Requisites of quasi-delict:


Civil liability in addition to Criminal liability without 1. Act or omission by the defendant;
criminal liability civil liability

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2. Fault or negligence of the defendant; care shall have special parental authority and responsibility over
3. Damage caused to the plaintiff; the minor child while under their supervision, instruction or
custody.
4. Direct relation or connection of cause and effect
between the act or omission and the damage; and Art. 219, Family Code: Those given the authority and
5. No pre-existing contractual relation between the responsibility under the preceding Article (218) shall be principally
parties. and solidarily liable for damages caused by the acts or omissions
When an act which constitutes a breach of contract would of the unemancipated minor. The parents, judicial guardians or
have itself constituted the source of a quasi-delictual liability had no the persons exercising substitute parental authority over said
contract existed between the parties, the contract can be said to minor shall be subsidiarily liable.
have been breached by tort, thereby allowing the rules on tort to
apply. (LRTA vs. Navidad, 397 SCRA 75) The respective liabilities of those referred to the preceding
paragraph shall not apply if it is proved that they exercised the
proper diligence required under the particular circumstances.
Crime distinguished from quasi-delict:
Crime or Delict Quasi-delict All other cases not covered by this and the preceding
As to intent or Criminal Intent or Negligence only articles shall be governed by the provisions of the Civil Code on
negligence Criminal Negligence quasi-delicts.
As to interest Public Interest Private Interest
As to Criminal Criminal and Civil Civil only Art. 236, Family Code: Emancipation for any cause shall
and Civil terminate parental authority over the person and property of
liability the child who shall then be qualified and responsible for all the
acts of civil life, save the exceptions established by existing laws
As to purpose For Punishment Indemnification of the in special cases.
offended party
As to Criminal liability The parties may
compromise of cannot be compromise civil
Art. 2180 – persons for whom one is responsible when the
liability compromised or liability. obligation imposed by Art. 2176 is demandable:
settled by the parties a. The father and (in case of his death or incapacity) the
themselves mother are responsible for the damages caused by
Quantum of Guilt proven beyond Preponderance of the minor children who live in their company;
evidence reasonable doubt evidence b. Guardians are liable for damages caused by the
As to liability of Subsidiary liability Primary and Direct minors or incapacitated persons who are under their
the author liability authority and live in their company;
c. The owners and managers of an establishment or
Recovery of damages twice for the same act or omission enterprise are likewise responsible for damages
prohibited: caused by their employees in the service of the
 The same negligent act or omission causing damage branches in which the latter are employed or in the
may produce civil liability arising from a crime under occasion of their functions;
Art. 100 (RPC), or create an action for quasi-delict under d. Employers shall be liable for the damages caused by
Art. 2176 (NCC). their employees and household helpers acting within
o Art. 365, RPC, punishes not only reckless the scope of their assigned tasks, even though the
imprudence but also simple negligence. former are not engaged in any business or industry;
 The offended party has the option between an action e. The State is responsible in like manner when it acts
for enforcement of civil liability based on culpa criminal through a special agent; but not when the damage
under Art. 100 (RPC) and an action for recovery of has been caused by the official to whom the task
damages based on culpa aquiliana under Art. 2177 done properly pertains, in which case what is
(NCC). provided under Art. 2176 shall be applicable; and
o Under Art. 1157 (NCC), Quasi-delict and an act or f. Teachers or heads of establishments of arts and
omission punishable by law are 2 different sources trades shall be liable for damages caused by their
of obligations. pupils and students or apprentices, so long as they
 2 causes of action (ex delicto or ex quasi delicto) may be remain in their custody.
availed provided that the offended party cannot
recover damages twice for the same act or omission or NOTE: The responsibility treated of this article (Art. 2180, NCC) shall
under both causes. cease when the persons herein mentioned (above persons) prove that
o The failure to recover in one will not necessarily they observed all the diligence of a good father of a family to prevent
preclude recovery in the other. (Equitable leasing damage.
Corp. vs. Suyom, 388 scra 445)
Illustrative cases on Quasi-delicts:
Other important provisions: 1. Barredo vs. Garcia, 73 Phil. 607
Art. 218, Family Code: The school, its administrators and 2. Mendoza vs. Arrieta, 91 SCRA 113
teachers, or the individuals, entity or institution engaged in child 3. PSBA vs. CA, 205 SCRA 729

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4. Amadora vs. CA, 160 SCRA 315


5. St. Joseph vs. Miranda, GR no. 182353, June 29, 2010
6. Josefa vs. Meralco, GR no. 182705, July 18, 2014

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CHAPTER 2  It equates with “ordinary care” or that diligence


NATURE AND EFFECT OF OBLIGATIONS which an average (a reasonably prudent person
(Arts. 1163 to 1178) exercises over his own property)
2. “Another standard of care” – Exception to “Diligence of
Two Kinds of things in Obligation a good father of a family” care:
Specific or Determinate Generic or Indeterminate a. Common Carriers – a person or company engaged
thing thing in the transportation of persons and/or cargoes is
It is identified by its It is identified only by its bound to carry the passengers safely as far as
individuality. specie or class. human care and foresight can provide, using
It is particularly designated It refers only to a class of extraordinary diligence of very cautious persons,
or physically segregated genus it pertains and cannot with a due regard for all circumstances (Art. 1755,
from all others of the same be pointed out with NCC). In case of accident, the common carrier will
class. (Art. 1459) particularity. be liable if it exercised only ordinary diligence.
The debtor cannot substitute The debtor can give anything b. Banks – banks are duty bound to treat the deposit
it with another without the of the same class as long as it accounts of their depositors with the highest
consent of the creditor. (Art. is of the same kind. degree of care. However, such degree of diligence
1244) is not expected to be exerted by banks in
Examples: Examples: commercial transactions that do not involve their
1. The Rolex watch that 1. A Rolex Watch; fiduciary relationship with their depositors. (Reyes
I’m wearing; 2. A 2006 Toyota vs. CA, 363 SCRA 51)
2. The car sold by X; Camry; c. Stipulated by the Parties – Parties may stipulate
3. The dog name Terror 3. Money; degree of diligence other than a good father
4. The house at the 4. A dog (ordinary) for as long as it is not contrary to public
corner of Rizal and 5. A cavan of rice policy. (see Art. 1306)
Cavite street;  While parties may agree upon diligence
5. The BMW X3 with which is more or less than that of a good
plate no. ABR 314 father or a family, it is contrary to public
policy to stipulate for absolute exemption
Duties of debtor in obligation to give a determinate thing: from liability for any fault or negligence.
1. To preserve or take care of the thing due;  A stipulation exempting a carrier from
2. To deliver the fruits of the things; liability for gross negligence is against
3. To deliver its accessions and accessories; public policy. (Heacock vs. Macondray, 32
4. To deliver the thing itself; and Phil. 205)
5. To answer for damages in case of nonfulfillment or 3. Factors to be considered – the diligence required
breach. depends on the nature of the obligation and the
circumstances of the person, of the time, and of the
Duties of debtor in Obligation to deliver a generic thing: place (Art. 1173). General Rule: The debtor is not liable if
1. To deliver a thing of the quality intended by the his failure to preserve the thing is not due to his fault or
parties taking into consideration the purpose of the negligence but to a fortuitous event or force majeure.
obligation and other circumstances (Art. 1246) ; and (Art. 1174).
2. To be liable for the damages in case of fraud, 4. Reason for debtor’s obligation – to insure that the thing
negligence, or delay, in the performance of his to be delivered would subsist in the same condition as it
obligations, or contravention of the tenor thereof. was when the obligation was contracted.
(Art. 1170)
Obligation to deliver the Fruits of the things:
Obligation to take care of the thing due: (Art. 1164)
(Art. 1163)
Art. 1164 – The creditor has a right to the fruits of the
thing from the time the obligation to deliver it arises.
Art. 1163 – Every person obliged to give something is also
However, he shall acquire no real right over it until the same
obliges to take care of it with the proper diligence of a good
has been delivered to him
father of a family, unless the law or the stipulation of the parties
requires another standard of care.

Obligation to take care of the thing due: Different kinds of fruits:


1. “Diligence of a good father of a family” Natural Fruits Industrial Fruits Civil Fruits
These are spontaneous These are good Those derived by
products of the soil, produced through virtue of a juridical

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and the young and human labor relation. interests on the price since the colt and the interests are deemed to have
other products of intervention. been mutually compensated.
animals.
Examples: Example: Examples: Real Right vs. Personal Right:
1. Grass; 1. Sugar cane 1. Rents of
2. All trees and plants 2. Vegetables; Real Right Personal Right
buildings;
on the lands 3. Rice; and Right of a person over a Right of the creditor to
2. Price of leases
produced without 4. All products of specific thing (like demand from the obligor
lands brought by lands; and
human labor ownership, possession, the fulfillment of the
reason of human 3. Other similar
intervention. mortgage, lease record) obligor’s obligation to
labor. income
Definition without a definite give, to do or not to do.
creditor against whom
Right of the creditor to the fruits: the right may be
 The creditor is entitled to the fruits of the thing to be personally enforced.
delivered from the time the obligation to make the
delivery if the thing arises.
There is only a definite There is a definite debtor
o The intention of the law is to protect the interest of
Parties creditor without any and creditor
the creditor should the debtor commit delay, definite debtor.
purposely or not, in the fulfillment of his obligation.
 In case of rescission, the parties are under “obligation to It is binding or It is binding or
return the things which were the object of the contract, Enforceability enforceable against the enforceable only against
together with their fruits and the price with its interest.” whole world. a particular person
(Art. 1385) X is the owner of a If the land is claimed by Y
parcel of land under who takes possession, X
When obligation to deliver arises: Examples Torrens title registered has a personal right to
in his name in the recover from Y, the
 The obligation to deliver the thing due and the fruits
Registry of Property. property
thereof (if any) arises from the time of the perfection of
the contract.
o Perfection in this case refers to the birth of the Ownership acquired by delivery:
contract or the meeting of the minds between the  Ownership and other real rights over property are
parties. acquired and transmitted by the following:
 If the obligation is subject into a suspensive condition or o By law;
period, the obligation to deliver the thing due arises o By donation;
upon fulfillment of the condition or arrival of the period. o By testate & intestate succession;
However, the parties may stipulate to the contrary as o By tradition; or
regards to the right of the creditor to the fruits of the o By Delivery
thing.  Delivery  delivery in sale may be actual or real,
 In a contract of sale  the obligation arises from the constructive or legal, or in any other manner signifying
perfection of the contract even if the obligation is an agreement that the possession of the thing soldis
subject to a suspensive condition or period where the transferred from the vendor to the vendee (Arts. 1496-
price has been paid. 1501)
 In obligations to give arising from law, quasi-contracts,
delicts, and quasi-delicts  the time of performance is Contracts only constitute titles or rights to the transfer
or acquisition of ownership, while delivery or tradition is the
determined by the specific provisions of law applicable.
mode of accomplishing the same. Thus, sale by itself does not
transfer or effect ownership.
Example:
The most that sale does is to create the obligation to
S sold his horse to B for 15K. No date or condition was stipulated for the
delivery of the horse. While still in the possession of S, the horse gave birth transfer ownership. It is delivery, as a consequence of sale,
to a colt. that actually transfers ownership. (SLDC vs. CA, 449 SCRA
99)
Who has the right to the colt?
“He shall acquire no real right over it until the same has
In a contract of sale, “All the fruits shall pertain to the vendee (buyer) from
the day on which the contract was perfected” (Art. 1537, par.2). Therefore, B been delivered to him” Meaning:
(buyer) is entitled to the colt even if the delivery is subject to a suspensive  The creditor does not become the owner until the
condition or period if B has paid the purchase price. determinate thing has been delivered to him.
On the other hand, S has the right ot the colt if it was born before the
 When there has been no delivery yet, the proper
obligation to deliver the horse has arisen and if B has not yet paid the action of the creditor is not one for recovery of
purchase price. possession and ownership but one for specific
 In this case, On the fulfillment of the condition or the arrival of the performance or rescission of the obligation. (Art.1165)
period, S does not have to give the colt and B is not obliged to pay legal

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(Art. 1166)

Remedies of creditor in Accessions:


Real Obligation (Obligation to Give)  These are the fruits of, or additions to, or
(Art. 1165) improvements upon, a thing (principal).
 Examples:
Remedies of creditor in real obligation when the thing to o House or trees on a land;
be delivered is a determinate or specific thing: o Rents of a building;
1. Demand specific performance or fulfillment (if it is o Air-conditioner in a car;
still possible) of the obligation with a right to o Profits or dividends accruing from shares of
indemnity for damages to the debtor; or stocks
2. Demand rescission or cancellation of the obligation Accessories:
with a right to recover damages to the debtor; or  These are the things joined to, or included with, the
3. Demand the payment of damages to the debtor principal thing for the latter’s embellishment, better
only where it is the only feasible remedy. use, or completion.
 Examples:
Notes: o Key of a house;
 In an obligation to deliver a determinate thing, the very things o Frame of a picture;
itself must be delivered, and only the debtor can comply with the
o Bracelet of a watch;
obligation.
o Machinery in a factory;
 It should be made clear that the law does not mean the creditor
can use force or violence upon the debtor o Bow of a violin.
 The creditor must bring the matter to the court first and the court
will be the one to order the delivery. Note: Accessions are not necessary to the principal thing. On the
other hand, the accessory and the principal thing must go together.
However, both accessions and accessories can exits only in relation to
Remedies of creditor in real obligation when the thing to the principal.
be delivered is a generic or indeterminate thing:
 The creditor can demand the debtor to perform the Right of the creditor to accessions and accessories;
obligation, and damages in case of breach of General Rule: “All accessions & accessories are considered
obligation included in the obligation to deliver a determinate thing
 If the quality and circumstance of the thing to be although they may not have been mention.
delivered is not have been stated, the creditor - This is based on the principle that “ Accessory
cannot demand a thing of superior quality, and the follows the principal”.
debtor cannot deliver a things of inferior quality. - In order to for it to be excluded, there must be a
(Art. 1246) stipulation to that effect.

Notes: Exception: Unless otherwise stipulated that an obligation to


 Obligation to deliver a generic thing can be performed by a third
deliver the accessions or accessories of a thing does not
person
include the latter.
 It is not necessary for the creditor to compel the debtor to make
the delivery although he may ask for the performance of the
Examples:
obligation.
 A sale of the improvements (house) upon a thing (land) is not sufficient to
 The creditor has a right to recover damages under Art. 1170 in convey title or any right to the thing. (Pornellosa vs. LTA, 1 SCRA 375)
case of breach of the obligation.  However, the lease of a building or house naturally includes the lease of a
lot, and the rentals includes those of the lot for the occupancy of a
Where debtor delays or has promised delivery to separate building or house not only suggests but also implies the tenancy or
creditors: possession in fact of the land on which it is constructed. (Caleon vs. ADC,
207 SCRA 748)
 Art. 1165, par. 3  gives 2 instances when a fortuitous
event does not exempt the debtor from responsibility (It
Accession as a right:
refers to a determinate thing).
 It may be defined as the right pertaining to the
 An indeterminate thing cannot be object of destruction
owner of a thing over its products and whatever is
by a fortuitous event because “genus never perishes”
incorporated or attached thereto, either naturally or
(Art. 1174, 1263)
artificially.
 Delay (see Art. 1169); Fortuitous Event (Art. 1174)
 It also includes the right to the fruits and the right to
the accessory.
Accessions and Accessories:

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o It is one of the rights which go to make up Art. 1168 – When the obligation consists in not doing, and
dominion or ownership. But it is not, under the obligor (debtor) does what has been forbidden to him, it
the law, a mode of acquiring ownership. shall also be undone at his expense.

Remedies of Creditor in Positive Remedies of creditor in Negative Personal Obligation:


Personal Obligations (Obligation to do) General Rule: The remedy of the creditor is the undoing of
(Art. 1167) the forbidden thing plus damages.

Situations contemplated in Art. 1167: Exception: If it is not possible to undo what was done
1. Debtor fails to perform an obligation to do; or (physically or legally), or because of the rights acquired
2. Debtor performs an obligation to do, but contrary to by third persons who aced in good faith, or for some
the terms thereof; or other reasons His (creditor) remedy is an action for
3. Debtor performs an obligation to do but in a poor damages for violation of the obligation.
manner
Example:
S sold a land to B. it was stipulated that S would not construct a fence on a
Remedies of creditor in Obligation to do: certain portion of his land adjoining that sold to B. should S construct a
1. If the debtor fails to comply with his obligation to do, fence in violation of the agreement, B can have the fence removed at the
the creditor has the right: expense of S.
a. To have the obligation performed by himself, or
by another person unless personal
considerations are involved, at the debtor’s Mora or Delay
expense; and (Art. 1169)
b. To recover damages. (Art. 1170)
2. In case the obligation is done in contravention of the What is Delay?
terms of the same or is poorly done  it may be Ordinary Delay Legal Delay (Mora)
ordered by the court upon a complaint that it be Merely the failure to perform The failure toperform an
undone if it is still possible to undo what was done. an obligation on time obligation on time which
failure which constitutes a
Performance by a third person: breach of the obligation
 A personal obligation not to do can be perform by a third No judicial or extrajudicial There is extrajudicial &
person. demand; and no liability for judicial demand be the
 While the debtor can be compelled to make the delivery damages creditor; and the debtor is
of a specific thing, a specific performance cannot be liable for damages
ordered in a personal obligation to do because this may
amount to involuntary servitude which prohibited by the Note: There is no delay in obligation not to do (Negative
Constitution. Personal Obligation)
 However, where the personal qualifications of the debtor
are the determining motive for the obligation contracted Requisites of delay by the debtor:
(ex. To sing in a night club), or the performance of the 1. Failure of the debtor to perform his (positive) obligation
same by another would be impossible or would result to on the date agreed upon;
be so different that the obligation could not be 2. Demand (not mere reminder or notice) made by the
considered performed. creditor on the debtor to fulfill, perform, or comply with
o Therefore, the only feasible remedy of the creditor is his legal obligation which demand (may be either
indemnification for damages. extrajudicial or judicial); and
 However, if the obligation can still be performed at the 3. Failure of the debtor to comply with such demand
expense of the debtor notwithstanding his failure or
refusal to do so, the court isnot authorized to merely Notes:
grant damages to the creditor.  The above presupposes that the obligation is already
due and demandable or liquidated.
 No delay if the obligation is not yet due or demandable
Remedies of Creditor in Negative  A debt is liquidated when the amount is known or
Personal Obligation (Obligation Not to do) determinable by inspection of the terms and conditions
(Art. 1168) of relevant documents.
 Failure to furnish to a debtor a detailed statement of
account does not ipso facto result in an unliquidated
obligation. (Slegma Mngt. vs. UCPB, 489 SCRA 125)

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 Demand is only necessary in order to put an obligor in a  There is no actionable default on the part of
due and demandable obligation in delay. In obligations both parties, such hat as if neither one is
to pay money (loans and interests), the amount guilty of delay.
demanded from the debtor or borrower have to be b. If the delay of one party is followed by that of
definite, clear, and without ambiguity. the other, the liability of the first infractor shall
 “Grace Period”  it is a right, not an obligation, of the be inequitably tempered or balanced by the
debtor. (Bricktown vs. Amor tierra, 239 SCRA 126) courts.
 If it cannot be determined which of the
Judicial and Extra-judicial Demand: parties is guilty of delay, the contract shall
1. Judicial Demand – when demand is made through a be deemed extinguished and each shall
complaint filed in court bear his own damages. (Art. 1192)
2. Extra-judicial Demand – when demand is made outside
of court, whether orally or in writing) When demand not necessary to put debtor in delay
(Exception to Art. 1169, par. 1):
Kinds of Delay (Mora): General Rule: “Delay begins only from the moment the
Mora Solvendi Mora Accipendi Compensatio creditor demands (judicially or extra-judicially) the fulfillment
Morae of the obligation”
Delay on the part Delay on the part of Delay of the debtors in - The demand for performance marks the time when
of the debtor to the creditor reciprocal obligations the debtor incus delay (mora) and is deemed to have
fulfill his without justifiable (like in sales).
Examples: delay of the
violated his obligation.
obligation by reason to accept
debtor cancels the
reason of a cause the performance of delay of the creditor & Exceptions: However, the demand by the creditor shall not be
imputable to him the obligation vice-versa necessary in order that delay may exits:
1. When he obligation so provides
Effects of Delay (Mora): Example:
A. Mora Solvendi: D promised to pay C 20K on or before Nov. 30 without any
a. Debtor is guilty of breach of the obligation demand. Therefore, if D fails to pay on November 30, he is
automatically in default or delay. In this case, the parties
b. Debtor is liable for: stipulate to dispense with the demand.
 Interest – in case of obligation to pay - Mere fixing of the period is not enough because
money (Art. 2209); or the arrival of the period merely makes the
 Damages – in other obliations (Art. 1170) obligation demandable. Before its arrival, the
 In the absence of extrajudicial demand – creditor cannot demand performance.
the interest shall commence from the filing of o The obligation must expressly declare that
the complaint. demand is not necessary or must use word to
c. Debtor is liable even for a fortuitous event when that effect (eg. “The debtor will be in default”
the obligation to deliver a determinate thing (Art. or “I will be liable for damages.”)
1165,1170). However, if the debtor can prove that
the loss would have resulted just the same even if 2. When the law so provides
he had not been in default  the court may Examples:
mitigate the damages (Art. 2215(4)). a. Taxes should be paid on or before a specific date,
B. Mora Accipendi: otherwise, penalties and surcharges are imposed
a. Creditor is guilty of breach of the obligation; without the need of demand for payment by the
b. Creditor is liable for damages suffered (if any) by government.
the debtor; b. A partner is liable for the fruits of the thing he may have
promised to contribute to the partnership from the time
c. Creditor bears the risk of loss of the thing due
they should have been delivered without the need of any
(Art. 1162); demand (Art. 1786)
d. If the obligation is to pay money – the debtor is
not liable for the interest from the time of the 3. When time is of the essence
creditor’s delay; and Examples:
e. Debtor may release himself from the obligation g. Delivery of balloons on a particular date when a children’s party
by the consignation of the thing or sum due. (Art. will be held;
1256) h. The making of a wedding dress where the wedding is scheduled
at a certain time;
C. Compensatio Morae: i. Payment of money at a particular time so that the creditor
a. Delay of the debtor cancels out the effects of could pay off certain debts due on the same date;
the delay of the creditor and vice versa. j. Delivery of a car to be used in a trip at a particular time; etc

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- The debtor is fully aware that the performance of 2. Where the parties fixed a period for the performance of
the obligation after the designated time would no their reciprocal obligation, neither party can demand
longer benefit the creditor. performance nor incur in delay before the expiration of
- When the time of the delivery is not fixed or stated the period. (Abesamis vs. Woodcraft, 30 SCRA 372)
in general and definite terms, time is not of the  The parties may provide different dates for
essence of the contract. performance of their respective obligations.
o The delivery must be made within a 3. Obligations under an option to buy are reciprocal
reasonable time, in the absence of anything obligations
to show that an immediate delivery was  The payment of the purchase price by the
intended. would-be buyer is contingent upon the
- Even where time is of the essence, a breach of execution of the deed of sale by the owner of
contract in that respect may be waived by the other the property; hence, notice to the owner of the
party’s subsequently treating the contract as still in would-be buyer’s decision to exercise his option
force. (Lorenzo Shipping vs. BJ Marthel, 443 SCRA to buy and readiness to pay the price need not
163) to be coupled with actual payment thereof and
o Mere lapse of time cannot make the debtor since the obligation is not yet due, consignation
in delay or default, there must be a demand in court of the purchase price is not required.
(judicial or extra-judicial). (Heirs of Luis Bacus vs. CA, 371 scra 295)

4. When demand would be useless When time is of the essence even without express
Example: stipulation:
S obliged himself to deliver a specific horse to B on Dec. 5.
Through S’s negligence or deliberate act, or due to fortuitous
1. In agreements which are executed in the form of
event for which S has expressly bound himself responsible, the options,
Horse died on Dec. 2 (3 days before the time of the delivery o As such, acceptance of the option and
date) payment of the purchase price constitute
Under this situation, any demand for the delivery of the horse
conditions precedent to specific
on Dec. 5 would be useless as S had made it impossible for him performance.
to perform his obligation. 2. In all unilateral contracts;
3. In mercantile contracts for the manufacture and sale
Demand is also unnecessary where it is apparent that it would
be unavailing, as where there has been a prior absolute refusal
of goods;
by S, or S has manifested an intention not to comply with his 4. Where the subject matter of a contract is of
obligation speculative or fluctuating value;
5. Where the contract relates to mining property or a
5. When there is performance by a party is reciprocal contract for the sale thereof.
obligation
 From the moment a party in reciprocal obligations Cases under Delay or Mora:
fulfills or is ready to fulfill his obligation, delay by  Santos Ventura vs. Santos (GR no. 153004, Nov. 4, 2004)
the other begins.  Vazquez vs. Ayala Corp. (GR no. 149734, Nov. 19, 2004)
o In reciprocal obligation under Art. 1192,  Vda de. Villaruel vs. Manila Motor Co (104 Phil. 926)
the performance of one is conditioned on  Tengco vs. CA GR. 49852, Oct. 19, 1999
the simultaneous fulfillment on the part Modes of Breach of Obligations
of the other. (Art. 1170)
Examples:
1. Compensatio Morae – neither party incurs in delay if the What is a “Breach of Contract”
other does not comply or is not ready to comply in a - It is the failure without justifiable excuse or reason
proper manner with what is incumbent upon him. (Art. to comply with the terms of a contract.
1169, last par.) - It is the failure without legal excuse to perform any
 Where the contract of sale imposes on the seller promise which forms the whole or part of the
the obligation to deliver to the buyer a reasonable contract.
habitable dwelling in return for hi undertaking to
pay the stipulated price in monthly amortizations, Substantial and Casual Breach:
the seller cannot invoke the buyer’s suspension of Substantial Breach Casual Breach
the payment of amortizations as cause to cancel Total non-performance of Partial performance of the
the contract where the seller did not fulfill its the obligation obligation
obligation and is not willing to put the house in Basis for rescission and Give rise to liability for
habitable state. (Agcaoili vs. GSIS, 165 SCRA 1) payment of damages damages

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b. Reliance interest – Creditor’s interest in being


Grounds for liability for damages or modes of breach of reimbursed for loss caused by reliance on the
obligations: contract by being put in as good a position as he
1. Fraud – Article 1171 would have been had the contract not been made;
 It refers to incidental fraud (dolo incidente) or
committed in the performance of an obligation c. Restitution interest – Creditor’s interest in having
already existing because of a contract. restored to him any benefit that he has conferred on
 Fraud is employed for the purpose of evading the other party.
the normal fulfillment of an obligation and its
existence merely results in breach thereof 3. Excuse from ensuing liability:
which give rise to a right by the innocent party  Mere proof of the existence of the contract and the
to recover damages failure of its compliance justify a corresponding right
 Bad faith is present or relief to the creditor unless the debtor can show
2. Negligence – Art. 1172 & 1173 extenuating circumstance (like proof of his exercise of
 Any voluntary act or omission, (no bad faith due diligence, or of the attendance of fortuitous
exist) which prevents the normal fulfillment of event) to excuse him from his ensuing liability. (FGU
an obligation. Insurance vs. GPSTC, 386 SCRA 312)
 It is the failure to exercise the degree of care
required by the circumstances. Damages recoverable where obligation to pay money:
3. Delay (Mora) – Art. 1169 1. Penalty interest for delay or non-performance:
 Delay must be either malicious or negligent a. If the obligation consists in the payment of a sum
 Example: of money, and the debtor incurs in delay, the
o When the omission of the buyer to sign a indemnity for damages
check. One of 24 post dated checks which  If no stipulation to the contrary  it shall be
were delivered to the seller who did not the payment of the interest agreed upon,
bother to call the buyer to ask him to sign the and
check, was mere “inadvertence on the part of  In the absence of stipulation  it shall be the
the buyer, the buyer was held not liable for legal interest (6% per annum)
damages resulting from the delay in the b. The penalty interest do not include and are not
payment of the value of the unsigned check included in the computation of interest as the two
(RCBC vs. CA 305 SCRA 449) are distinct claims which may be demanded
4. Contravention of the tenor: separately.
 This is the violation of the terms and conditions  While interest agreed upon forms part of the
stipulated in the conditions consideration of the contract itself,
 It must not be due to a fortuitous event or force  Damages due are usually made payable only
majeure. in case of default or non-performance of the
 The unilateral act or terminating a contract without contract.
legal justification by a party makes him liable for
2. Rate of the penalty interest:
damages suffered by the other party. (Pacmac vs.
IAC, 150 SCRA 555)
 The rate of the penalty interest payable shall be that
Recovery of damages for breach of contract or obligation: agreed upon.
1. Measure of Recoverable damages:  In the absence of the stipulation of a particular rate of
 Title VIII (“Damages”) of the Civil Code governs the penalty interest, then the additional interest shall be
determination for the measurements of recoverable at a rate equal to the regular monetary interests; and
damages.  If no regular interest had been agreed upon, then the
 Fundamental principle: “One injured by a breach of a legal interest rate (6% per annum) shall be paid.
contract shall have a fair and just compensation
commensurate to the loss sustained as a consequence Fraud or Deceit
of the defendant’s act. (Llorente vs. SB, 287 SCRA 382) (Art. 1171)

2. Remedies serves to preserve the Contractual Interests of Fraud (deceit or dolo) – It is the deliberate or intentional
the Creditor or Promisee: evasion of the normal fulfillment of an obligation.
a. Expectation interest – Creditor’s interest in having
the benefit of his bargain by being put in as good a Incidental Fraud vs. Causal Fraud:
position as he would have been had the contract Incidental Fraud Causal Fraud
been performed; or (Dolo Incidente) (Dolo Causante)
Fraud committed in the Fraud employed in the

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performance of an obligation execution of a contract  It is the lack of care required by the circumstances to
already existing because of which vitiates consent and prevent an unreasonable risk of harm to another person
contract. makes the contract voidable. or his property.
Give rise to an action for Give rise to an action for
rescission of contract under rescission under Art. 1380 Test for determining whether a person is negligent:
1191 and damages. and Annulment of contract. 1. Test of Foreseeability:
a. Did the defendant in doing the alleged
Fraud under Art. 1170 and 1171 pertains only to Incidental negligent act use the reasonable care and
Fraud: caution which an ordinary prudent person
- As a ground for damages, it must be any act, omission or would have used in the same situation. If not,
concealment involving some kind of malice or dishonesty, then he is guilty of negligence.
or, in other words, bad faith. b. Reasonable foresight of harm followed by the
- Bad faith  it implies a design to mislead or deceive ignoring of the admonition born of this
another by which an undue advantage is taken of the provision, is the constitutive fact of negligence.
latter. (Achevara vs. Ramos, 601 SCRA 270)
- Moral damages may be recovered in addition to to her 2. No hard and fast Rule:
damages. a. No hard and fast rule whereby the degree of
- Fraud is employed for the purpose of evading the normal care and vigilance required is measured  it is
fulfillment of an obligation and its existence merely dependent on the circumstances in which a
results in breach thereof giving ris to a right by the person finds himself situated.
innocent party to recover damages. b. The law requires that it is always incumbent
upon a person to use that care and diligence
Responsibility arising from fraud: expected of prudent and reasonable men under
 It is demandable in all obligations. similar circumstances.
 The court does not have the authority to mitigate or
reduce the damages to be awarded because fraud is Circumstances of Negligence (Examples):
deemed serious and evil that its employment to avoid 1. Nature of the obligation
the fulfillment of one’s obligation should be discouraged. - ex: smoking while carrying materials known to
be inflammable constitutes negligence.
Waiver of action for future fraud is void:
 It is against the law and public policy 2. Circumstances of the person
 Contrary rule to it would encourage the perpetration - ex. A guard, a man in the prime of life, robust and
of fraud because the debtor knows that even if he healthy, sleeping while on duty is guilty or
should commit fraud he would not be liable for it negligence.
3. Circumstances of time
Waiver of action for past fraud is valid: - ex. Driving a car without headlights at night is
 The waiver can be considered as an act of generosity gross negligence but it does not by itself
and magnanimity on the part of the party who is the constitute negligence when driving during the
victim of the fraud. day;
 What is renounced is the effects of the fraud which 4. Circumstance of the place
is the right to indemnity of the party entitled - ex. Driving at 60 kph on the highway is
thereto. permissible but driving at the same rate of speed
 The waiver must be couched in clear and in Quezon Blvd., Manila when traffic is always
unequivocal terms which leave no doubt as to the heavy is gross negligence.
intention of the creditor to give up his right of action
against the debtor. Proof/Presumption of negligence:
 General Rule: Negligence is never presumed
Fault or Negligence because it must be proven by the party who alleges
(Art. 1172 and Art. 1173) it.
 Exception: When the source of an obligation is
Definition of fault or negligence: derived from a contract.
o The mere breach or nonfulfillment of the
 It is the omission of diligence that is required by the
prestation (or object) gives rise to the
nature of the obligation and corresponds with the
presumption of fault on the part of the
circumstances of the persons, of the time and of the
debtor. (Sabena Airlines vs. CA, 255 SCRA
place. (Art. 1173, par. 1)
38)

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Contractual)
Illustrative cases: Negligence in Negligence which is Negligence
1. Negligence in the care of goods contracts the source of an resulting in the
Haskim vs. Rocha, 18 Phil. 315: resulting to obligation between commission of a
Facts: the parties not
S discharged a large shipment of potatoes belonging to B into a
breach crime.
formally bound
lorcha which was then left for 2 days in the sun tightly closed before any pre-
and without ventilation. As a result, the potatoes rotted and existing contract.
became useless.
(Quasi-delicts)
Issue:
Is S liable for the said loss? It merely makes Note that a pre- The same
Ruling: the debtor liable existing contractual megligent act
Yes, S was guilty of negligence with respect to the care the for damages in relation between the causing damages
potatoes, a perishable property. parties does not
view of his may produce civil
preclude the
negligence in the liability arising
2. Negligence in not giving previous warning against a existence of culpa-
fulfillment of a acquilana. Culpa- from a crime
dangerous machine
pre-existing acquiliana governs under Art. 100,
Tamayo vs. Gsell, 35 Phil. 953:
obligation only the act or RPC, or create an
Facts:
R employed a young ignorant boy to do ordinary chores in resulting in its omission itself action for quasi-
the performance of which he did not come in contact with breah or non- complained of that delict under Art.
machinery. Without giving any previous warning, and fulfillment. would constitute an 2176, Civil Code
over the objections of the boy, the latter was ordered to actionable tort
assist in the cleaning of a dangerous machine. His fingers independently of the
were cut in the machine contract
Issue:
Is R liable for damages? Examples or Illustrations:
Ruling: 1. Culpa Contractual: If S entered into a contract of
Yes, It was negligence on his part not to warn the boy and sale with B to deliver a specific horse on a certain
give him instructions to avoid accidents in the cleaning of day and the horse died through the negligence of S
a machine with which the boy was unfamiliar. before delivery, S is liable for damages to B for
having failed to fulfill a pre-existing obligation
Responsibility arising from negligence is demandable (Art. (contract may be either express or implied) because
1172): of his negligence.
1. Discretion of court to fix measure of damages 2. Culpa Acquiliana: Assume now, that that horse
- The courts are given wide discretion in fixing the belongs to and is in the possession of B. the
measure of damages. negligence if S which results in the death of the
- Rationale: Negligence is a question which must horse is culpa acquiliana because, in this case, there
necessarily depend upon the circumstances of is no pre-existing contractual relation between S
each particular case. and B. the negligence itself is the source of liability.
2. Damages where both mutually negligent 3. Culpa Criminal: A crime can be committed by
- The fault of one cancels or neutralizes the negligence. If B wants, he can bring an action for
negligence of the other. culpa criminal (damage to property through
o Therefore, their rights and obligations may obligation of S to pay damages. However, B cannot
be determined equitably under the law recover damages twice for the same act or omission
prescribing unjust enrichment. of S.

Waiver of action for future negligence: Important Distinctions between Culpa Contractual and
1. It may be renounced except where the nature of the Culpa Aquiliana:
obligation requires the exercise of extraordinary  When liability from Culpa Aquiliana (tort or quasi-
diligence as in the case of common carriers. delict), not involving a breach of positive obligation,
2. If the negligence is gross or shows bad faith  it is an employer or master may excuse himself from
equivalent to fraud, therefore, any waiver of action liability by proving that he had exercised “All the
for future negligence of this kind is void. diligence of a good father of a family to prevent the
damage”.
Kinds of negligence according to source of obligation (or o This defense is not available if the liability
Three Senses of Negligence): of the employer or master arises from a
Contractual Civil Negligence Criminal breach of contractual duty (Culpa
Negligence (Culpa Aquiliana) Negligence Contractual) through this may mitigate
(Culpa (Culpa Criminal)

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damages. (Del Prado vs. Manila Electric - But if his negligence was only contributory, the
Co., 38 Phil. 769) immediate and proximate cause of the injury being
 Where the injury is due to the concurrent negligence the defendant’s lack of due care, the plaintiff may
of the drivers of the colliding vehicles, the drivers recover damages but the courts shall mitigate the
and owners of the said vehicles shall be primarily, damages to be awarded.
directly and solidarily liable for damages and it is
immaterial that one action is based on quasi-delict Question: If the creditor is also guilty of negligence, can he
recover damages?
and the other on culpa contractual as the solidarity
Answer: No, he is not liable if his negligence was the immediate
of the obligation is justified by the very nature and proximate cause of his injury.
thereof. (MMTC vs.CA, 223 SCRA 521)
 In Culpa Contractual  the mere proof of the Presumption of contractual negligence:
existence of the contract and the failure of its  In an action for quasi-delict or tort  the negligence
compliance justify a corresponding right of relief. or fault should be clearly established because it is
o In a contract of carriage, the driver who is not a the basis of the action. On the other hand, In a
party to the contract, may not be held liable breach of contract  the action can be pursued by
under the agreement. The action against him can proving the existence of the contract, and the fact
only be based on Culpa Acquiliana which unlike that the debtor failed to comply with the same.
Culpa Contractual, would require the claimant for
damages to prove negligence or fault on the part San Pedro Bus Lines vs. Navarro, 94 Phil 846:
of the defendant. (FGU Insurance vs. GP  When the action is based on a contract of carriage, and the debtor
Sarmiento, 386 SCRA 312) (in this case is the carrier) failed to transport the passenger to his
destination, the fault or negligence of the carrier is presumed.
 In Culpa Aquiliana, the laintiff has the burden of  There is even no need for the court to make an express finding of
proving that the defendant was at fault or negligent fault or negligence on the part of the carrier because it is sufficient
while in Culpa Contractual, once the plaintiff proves for the plaintiff to prove the existence of the contract of carriage
a breach of contract, there is a presumption that the and the damages or injuries suffered by him.
defendant was at fault or negligence.  It is the obligation of the carrier to transport its passengers or goods
safely.
Distinction between Fraud and Negligence:
Fraud Negligence
When the driver’s negligence is the carrier’s negligence:
Intent to cause There is intent No Intent
 In culpa contractual – the moment a passenger dies or
damage or injury
injured, the common carrier is presumed to have been at
Waiver For future fraud = It may be allowed
fault or acted negligently, and the disputable
Void
presumption may only be overcome by evidence that he
Presumption Must be proved by It is presumed
had exercised extraordinary diligence prescribed in Arts.
mere from the breach of
1733, 1755, and 1756 of the Civil Code or that death or
preponderance of contractual
injury of the passenger was due on fortuitous event.
evidence obligation
 However, the presumption of fault or negligence will not
Mitigation of Cannot be It may be reduced
arise if the loss is due under any causes enumerated in
liability mitigated according to the
Art. 1734, Civil Code.
circumstances.
Art. 1734. Common carriers are responsible for the loss, destruction, or
When negligence equivalent to fraud: deterioration of the goods, unless the same is due to any of the following
- When the negligence shows bad faith or is so gross causes only:
that it amounts to malice on the part of the 1. Flood, storm, earthquake, lightning, or other natural disaster or
calamity;
defendant. 2. Act of the public enemy in war, whether international or civil;
3. Act or omission of the shipper or owner of the goods;
Gross Negligence – refers to negligence characterized by the 4. The character of the goods or defects in the packing or in the
failure to exercise even slight care or diligence, or the entire containers;

absence of care, acting or omitting to act on a situation 5. Order or act of competent public authority
where there is a duty to act, not inadvertently, but willfully
and intentionally, with complete disregard for the harmful When the driver is not solidarily liable with the carrier
consequences of his conduct to others. - The driver is not solidarily liable with the carrier if it
falls under the description mention in Arts. 1207 and
Effect of negligence on the part of the injured party: 1208 of the Civil Code.
- When the plaintiff’s own negligence was the
Art. 1207. The concurrence if 2 or more creditors or 2 or more debtors
immediate and proximate cause of his injury, he
in one and the same obligation does not imply that each one of the
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to render, entire compliance with the prestations. There is a solidary  Although it is incapable of pecuniary
liability only when the obligation expressly so states, or when the law estimation, moral damages must somehow
or the nature of the obligation requires solidarity. be proportional to and in approximation of
the suffering inflicted
Art. 1208. If from the law, or the nature or the wording of the
 The factual basis for which must be
obligations to which the preceding article (Art. 1207) refers the
contrary does not appear, the credit or debt shall be presumed to be satisfactorily established by the aggrieved
divided into as many equal shares as there are creditors or debtors, the party.
credits or debts being considered distinct from one another, subject to
the Rules of Court governing the multiplicity of suits. Example:
FACTS:
Measure of liability for damages: S agreed to sell and deliver certain goods to B on a certain
date for 300k. Then B, agreed to sell the goods to be received
1. Civil code provisions
from S to C for 325k. This contract with C was known to S. on
 Art. 2201 the date designated, S did not deliver the goods so that C
 Art. 2220 bought the goods from another. The breach of the obligation
 Art. 2232 by S, resulting in the loss of the amount of 25k as expected
 Art. 21 profit, so angered B that he suffered a heart attack for which
he was hospitalized for 5 days.
2. Contractual breach committed in good/bad faith: ANSWERS:
1. In this case, if S acted in good faith, the damage which
 Where in breaching the contract, the defendant
ought B to receive should be the amount of 25k, the profit
is not shown to have acted in bad faith  which B failed to realize. (Art. 2200, par. 1, NCC)
liability for damages is limited to the natural 2. But if S acted in bad faith, he is also liable to pay for the
and probable consequences of the breach of the hospitalization expenses incurred by B which clearly
obligation originated from the breach although they might not have
 When in breaching, the parties had foreseen or been reasonably contemplated by the parties at the time
could have reasonably foreseen  the liability they entered into the contract.
would not includes liability for moral and
exemplary damages 4. Code of Commerce provisions: - limited liability only
in maritime law.
Stronghold Insurance vs. CA (208 SCRA 336): a. Art. 587 (Code of Commerce)
FACTS: - “The ship agent shall be civilly liable for the
L, a sister company of M (another company), which was indemnities in favor of third persons which may
indebted to the defendant-creditor, filed a replevin suit for arise from the conduct of the captain in the care
the recovery of certain office furnitures and equipment owned of goods which he loaded from the vessel; but he
by M which the defendant sold at an auction sale for unpaid
may exempt himself therefrom by abandoning
rentals of M.
RULING: the vessel with all the equipments and the
It was held that the act of L of filing a replevin suit without freight it may have earned during the voyage.”
the intention of prosecuting the same but for the mere b. Art. 590:
purpose of disappearing with the provisionally recovered - “The co-owners of a vessel shall be civilly liable
property in order to evade lawfully contracted obligations in the proportion of their interests in the
constituted a wanton, fraudulent, reckless, oppressive and common fund for the results of the acts of the
malevolent breach of contract which justified award of captain referred to in Art. 587.”
exemplary damages under Art. 2232, NCC. c. Art. 837:
- “The civil liability incurred by shipowners in the
Maersk Line vs. CA (223 SCRA 108)
case prescribed in this section, shall be
FACTS:
understood as limited to the value with all the
The unexplained misshipment of the subject goods destined
for Manila but was inexplicably shipped to the US, committed appurtenances and the freightage served during
by the common carrier resulting in the unreasonable delay in the voyage.”
the delivery of the same for more than 2 months.
RULING: NOTES:
It was held as constituting gross carelessness or negligence  Art. 837 applies the principle of limited liability in cases of collision.
amounting to bad faith and wanton misconduct; hence,  Art. 587 & 590 embody the universal principle of limited liability in all
cases.
moral and exemplary damages were awarded to the
 “No vessel, No Liability”:
aggrieved party. o The liability of the owner or agent arising from the operation of the
ship is confined to the vessel, equipment, and freight, or insurance (if
3. With respect to moral damages any).
 Moral damages are not punitive in nature;  When the shipowner fails to overcome the presumption of negligence, the
doctrine of limited liability cannot be applied. (Aboitiz Shipping vs. New

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India Assurance, 531 SCRA 134) 1. The event must be independent from the human will
or at the debtor’s will;
Diligence  This is the attention and care required of a 2. The event is unforeseeable, or unavoidable;
person in a given situation and is the opposite of negligence. 3. The character of the event must render it impossible
(Sambijon vs. Suing, 503 SCRA 1) for the debtor to comply with his obligation is a
normal manner; and
Kinds of Diligence required under Art.1173: 4. The debtor must be free from any participation in,
1. Diligence that agreed upon by the parties (orally or or the aggravation of the injury to the creditor.
in writing);
2. In the absence of stipulation  that required by law
in the particular case (like extraordinary diligence
required of common carriers); and Kinds of Fortuitous Events:
 When the speaks of extraordinary diligence  it is Ordinary Extraordinary
that extreme measure of care and caution which Those fortuitous events Those fortuitous events
persons of unusual prudence and circumspection which are common and which are uncommon and
observe for securing or preserving their own which the contracting parties which the contracting parties
property or rights. (Loadmasters Services vs. could reasonably foresee. could not have reasonably
Glodel Brokerage, 639 SCRA 69) foreseen.
3. If both the contract and law are silent  then the Examples: Rain and Traffic Examples: Earthquake, fire,
diligence expected of a good father of a family (Art. war, pestilence, unusual
1173, par. 2). It is the same as ordinary diligence or floods
that of a reasonably prudent person.
a. Whether or not the negligence of the debtor is Fortuitous Event vs. Force Majeure:
excusable will depend on the degree of Fortuitous Event Force Majeure
diligence required if him. Acts of Man Acts of God
b. Example: The debtor is not liable for damages
Fortuitous event is an event Those event s which are
where his negligence is one which is ordinary
independent of the will of totally independent of the
diligence and prudence could not have guarded
the Debtor but not of other will of every human being.
against.
human will.
i. There is no specific law that imposes a
Ex: War, fire, robbery, Ex. Earthquake, flood, rain,
higher degree of diligence than ordinary
murder, insurrection, etc. shipwreck, lightning,
diligence for stevedoring company or one
eruption of volcano, etc.
who is charged only with the loading and
stowing of cargoes in the vessel. It is not a Note: In our law, fortuitous event and force majeure are
common carrier or a warehouseman. identical in so far as they exempt a debtor from liability.
(MTBSI vs. PAC, 587 SCRA 429).
ii. The nature of the business of a hospital Exceptions to the Rule of Fortuitous Event:
requires a higher degree of caution and General Rule: A person is not responsible for loss or damage
exacting standard of diligence in patient resulting from the non-performance of his obligation due
management and health care as what is to a fortuitous event.
involved are lives of patient who seek
medical assistance. (HMSI vs. MMC Exceptions:
Art. If the debtor delays or has promised to deliver the same thing to
Employees, 641 SCRA 59). 1165(3) 2 or more persons who do not have the same interest, he shall be
responsible for fortuitous event until he has effected the delivery.
Art. 552 A possessor in good faith shall not be liable for the deterioration
Fortuitous Event or loss of the thing possessed, except in cases which it is proved
that he has acted with fraudulent intent or negligence, after the
(Art. 1174) judicial summons.

Meaning of Fortuitous Event: A possessor in bad faith shall be liable for deterioration or loss in
 Any extraordinary event which cannot be foreseen, or every case, even if caused by a fortuitous event.
Art. 1942 The bailee is liable for the loss of the thing, even if it should be
which, if it can be foreseen, it is inevitable. through a fortuitous event:
 It is an event which is either impossible to foresee or 1. If he devotes the thing to any purpose difference from that
impossible to avoid. for which it has been loaned;
2. If he keeps it longer than the period stipulated, or after the
accomplishment of the use for which the commodatum has
Requisites of Fortuitous Event been constituted;
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value, unless there is a stipulation exempting the bailee o If notwithstanding its occurrence, the obligation can
from responsibility in case of a fortuitous event; be fulfilled, it will subsist even if only in part.
4. If he lends or leases the thing to a third person, who is not a
member of his household;  In order to see whether or not the fortuitous event
5. If, being able to save either the thing borrowed or his own produces the impossibility of fulfilling the obligation 
thing, he chose to have the latter. the nature of the obligation must be considered,
Art. 1979 The depository is liable for the loss of the thing through a
fortuitous event;
1. If it is so stipulated;
2. If he uses the thing without the depositor’s permission;
3. If he delays its return; Effect of the debtor’s negligence upon his liability:
4. If he allows others to use it, even though he himself may Negligence not contributory to
Negligence contributed to
have been authorized to use the same.
the loss or damage the loss or damage
Art. 2001 The act of a thief or robber, who has entered the hotel is not
demmed force majeure, unless it is done with the use of arms or When the negligence of a Where both fortuitous event and
through an irresistible force. person concurs with a lack of due diligence are present
Art. 2147 The officious manager shall be liable for any fortuitous event: under conditions that the loss would
fortuitous event in producing have happened with or without the
1. If he undertakes risky operations which the owner was not
accustomed to embark upon; a loss, he is not exempted negligence of the debtor  it
2. If he has preferred his own interest to that of the owner; from liability by showing that cannot be said that responsibility
3. If he fails to return the property or business after demand the immediate cause of the arises therefrom.
by the owner; The courts are not bound to
damage was the fortuitous discharge the debtor from his
4. If he assumed the management in bad faith.
event. liability but may equitably mitigate
his damages.
Effect where risk not one impossible to foresee: “One who negligently To avail of the exemption
1. If the risk is quite evident: creates a dangerous granted in Art. 1174, it is not
 If such risk involves possible danger to it that is condition cannot escape necessary that there be a prior
not only foreseeable but also foreseen  then it liability for the natural and finding of guilt of the person
could be said that the nature of the obligation is responsible for the robbery. It
probable consequences
such that a party could rightfully be deemed to would only be sufficient to
thereof, although the act of a establish that the unforeseeable
have assumed it. third person, or an act of God event such as robbery did take
 Under Art. 1174, the event must be one impossible for which he is not place without any current fault
to foresee or to avoid in order that a party may responsible, intervenes to on the debtor’s part, and this
not be said to have assumed the risk resulting precipitate the loss” (Nakpil can be done by preponderant
from the nature of the obligation itself. (Dioquino & Sons vs. CA, 144 SCRA evidence. (Austria vs. CA, 39
vs. Laureano, 33 SCRA 65) 596) SCRA 527)
2. Mere difficulty to foresee the risk:
 1997 financial crisis that ensued I Asia did not
constitute a valid justification to renege on Usurious Transactions
obligations. It cannot be generalized to be (Art. 1175)
unforeseeable and beyond the control of a
business corporation; it is not among the What is the meaning of “Usury”?
fortuitous events contemplated under Art. 1174 - It is contracting or receiving interest in excess of the
(MLRC vs. CA, 460 SCRA 279) amount allowed by law for the loan or use of money,
 A real estate enterprise engaged in the pre-selling goods, chattels, or credits. (Tolentino vs. Gonzales,
of condominium units is concededly a master in 50 Phil. 558)
projections on commodities and currency
movements and business risks. The fluctuating Kinds of Interests
movements of the Phil. Peso in the foreign 1. Simple interest – when the rate of interests is
exchange market is an everyday occurrence, and stipulated by the parties.
fluctuations in currency exchange rates happens 2. Compound interest – when the interest earned is
everyday; hence, not an instance of fortuitous upon interest due.
event. (Fil-Estate Properties vs. Go, 530 SCRA 3. Unlawful interest – when the rate of interest is
624) beyond the maximum fixed by law
4. Lawful interest – when the rate of interest is within
Impossibility of performance must result from occurrence the maximum allowed by the Usury Law (Act no.
of fortuitous event: 2655); and
 For the purpose of releasing the debtor from his 5. Legal interest – when the rate of interest intended
obligation, the occurrence of the fortuitous event is not by the parties is presumed by law.
enough, the impossibility of fulfilling the obligation must
be the direct consequence of the event.

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a. Like when the loan mentions interest but Notes:


does not specify the rate thereof (Art.  If there is not stipulation of interest, a stipulation for usurious interest is
void.
2209)  Nullity of the stipulation does not affect the right of the lender to
b. The same rate is allowed in judgments recover the principal of the loan or other terms of the contract otherwise
where there is no express contract between valid.
the parties in anticipation of the same.  Usury law is now legally suspended.
c. Its use is not justified where there is a Suspension of the Usury Law:
stipulated rate of interest in the loan  Central Bank Circular no. 905 (Dec. 10, 1982, effective
contract. January 1, 1983)  the rate of the interest and other
Interest Rate Rule provided under the Usury Law (Act. No. charges on a loan or forbearance of money, goods, or
2655): credit, regardless of maturity and whether secured and
1. Legal rate is 6% per annum: unsecured, that may be charged or collected shall not be
 It is the default legal interest rate if there is subject to any ceiling prescribed under the Usury Law.
no express rate stipulated Interest can charged as lender and borrower may agree
 In case of delay or default, it will also serve upon. (Liam Law vs. Olympic Sawmill, 129 SCRA 439)
as the legal interest rate for the indemnity  CB Circular no. 905 did not repeal or in any way amend
of damages in the absence of stipulation. the amend the Usury Law but simply suspended the
2. Maximum Rate: latter’s effectivity because only a law can amend or
a. 12% per annum repeal another law. (Security Bank vs. RTC Makati, 263
b. 14 % per annum SCRA 483)
c. The rate prescribed by the Monetary Board
3. Sec. 2 (secured loan) of the Usury Law  the taking Rule where interest stipulated is excessive:
or receiving (and not mere agreeing) of usurious  While the Usury Law is suspended by CB Circular no.
interest is the act penalized. 905, nothing in the said circular grants lenders carte
4. Sec. 3 (unsecured loan) of the Usury Law  the blanche (or freedom) authority to raise interest rates to
mere demanding or agreeing to charge excessive levels which will either enslave their borrowers or lead to
interest rate is also punishable. a hemorrhaging of their assets. (Almeda vs. CA, 256
Notes: SCRA 292)
 In either case (Sec. 2 or Sec. 3), the creditor is the only  The stipulated interest (excessive interest) may be
party liable. declared illegal.
 To conceal usury  various devices (ex. Sale with right o A borrower, however, cannot go to court to have the
of repurchase under Art. 1602, CC) have been resorted interest rate annulled on the ground that is
to whereby the true nature of the transaction is excessive or unconscionable after years of
concealed from what may be viewed from the written benefiting from the proceeds of the loan (using the
agreement. money to make advance payments for her
prospective clients so that her sale production would
IMPORTANT NOTES!! increase for which she was getting a 50% rebate on
1. The Usury Law is now legally Non-existent or Suspended her sales and she did not mind the 6% to 7% interest
2. BSP Circular No. 799 (Series of 2013): The rate of interest for per month).
the loan or forbearance of money, goods oe credits, and the rate o A party to a contract cannot deny the validity
allowed in judgments, in the absence of an express contract as to thereof after enjoying the benefits without outrage
such rate of interest shall be 6% per annum.
to one’s sense of justice and fairness. (Toledo vs.
hyden, 637 SCRA 540)
Monetary Interest vs. Compensatory Interest:
(Siga-an vs. Villanueva, 576 SCRA 696) Escalation Clauses  refers to stipulations allowing an
Monetary Interest Compensatory Interest increase in the interest agreed upon by the contracting
Interest fixed by Interest imposed by law or by courts parties.
parties to a contract as penalty or indemnity for damages
for the use or and it is payable only if the debtor is Rules on Escalation Clauses stipulated:
forbearance of proved to have defaulted or delayed 1. They are not void per se.
money. in the performance of his obligation 2. However, a clause which grants the creditor
unbridled right to unilaterally increase the rate of
Requisites for recovery of monetary interest: interest without the express conformity of the
1. Payment of interest must be expressly stipulated (Art. debtor is void as it violates the principle of mutuality
1956); of contracts. (Juico vs. CBC, 695 SCRA 520)
2. The agreement must be in writing; and
3. Interest must be lawful.

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its satisfaction, the judgment or award shall be


considered a loan or forbearance of money or credit.

4. Summary – The above ruling o the award of interest in


the concept of actual or compensatory damages based on
Rules on Liability for legal interests: CB Circular no. 416, are accordingly modified to embody
(Please see the cases of Eastern Shipping Lines vs. CA (234 SCRA 781), BSP Circular no. 799 and are summarized as follows:
and Nacar vs. Gallery Frames (GR no. 189871, Aug. 13, 2013)
a. For loan or forbearance of money:
1. Loan or forbearance of money  The rate of interest due is that stipulated in
- When the obligation breached consists in the payment writing, otherwise it is the legal interest rate (6%
in the payment of money (i.e., loan or forbearance of per annum) computed from judicial or
money, goods or credits), the interest due should be extrajudicial demand until fully paid.
that which may have been stipulated in writing.  In addition, interest due shall earn legal interest
- Legal interest (6% per annum) in the nature of (actual (compound interest) from the time it is judicially
or compensatory) damages for non-compliance with an demanded.
obligation to pay a sum of money is recoverable even if  Even when the rate of interest is stipulated, but
such rate is not expressly stipulated in writing. the same is found to be excessive or unwarranted,
the court may reduce the same as reason and
a. The debtor in delay is liable to pay interest which is 6% per equity demand.
annum, as indemnity for damages even in the absence of the b. For other than loan or forbearance of money:
stipulation for the payment of interest computed from default or
 The interest shall also be 6% per annum as
delay (from judicial or extrajudicial demand)
- The claim for legal interest and increase in the indemnity may be indemnity at the discretion of the court.
entertained by the appellate court where the appeal of the  When the amount of the obligation is reasonably
defendant was obviously dilatory and oppressive of the rights of the established, the interest shall begin to run from
claimant.
judicial or extrajudicial demand; otherwise, from
b. Interest due shall earn legal interest from the time it is judicially the date the judgment of the court is made.
demanded although the obligation may be silent upon this point.  The actual base for the computation of legal
(Cortes vs. Villanueva, 79 SCRA 709) interest shall, in any case, be on the amount finally
- Where no interest had been stipulated in writing by the parties, the adjudged.
debtor is not liable to pay compound interest even after judicial c. When a judgment awarding a sum of money:
demand for in such case, there can be no accrued (conventional)
interest which can further earn interest upon judicial demand.  Where the case falls under (a) or (b) above has
become final and executory  the rate of legal
c. A debtor cannot be considered delinquent and liable to pay interest shall be 6% per annum from such finality,
interest where he offered checks backed by sufficient deposit or is based on the adjudged principal and unpaid
ready to pay cash if the creditor chose that means of payment. interest, until its satisfaction, this interim period
beng deemed to be by then an equivalent to a
2. Other than loan or forbearance of money forbearance of credit.
 The legal interest applies only to loan or forbearance
of money, goods or credit, or to cases where money is
transferred from one person to another and the Presumptions
obligation to return the same or a portion thereof is (Art. 1176)
adjudged.
 When an obligation, not constituting a loan or Presumption  the inference of a fact not actually known
forbearance of money (ex. Obligation arises from a arising from its usual connection with another which is
contract of purchase and sale) is breach, an interest on known or proved.
the amount of damages awarded may be imposed at
the discretion of the court (Art. 2210), at the rate of Example:
6% per annum as provided in Art. 2209, Civil Code). D borrowed 10k from C. Later, D shows a receipt signed by C. The
fact not actually known is the payment by D. The fact known is
3. Final and executory judgment awarding a sum of possession by D of a receipt signed by C.
money
The presumption is that the obligation has been paid unless
 When the judgment of the court awarding sum of
proved otherwise by C as, for example, that D forced C to sign the
money becomes final and executory, the rate of legal receipt.
interest (where the case falls under Nos. (1) and (2) Two kinds of presumption:
above) shall be 6% per annum from such finality until Conclusive Disputable (Rebuttable)

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One which cannot be One which can be contradicted or  The presumption in Art. 1176, par. 2 does not apply if
contradicted rebutted by presenting proof to the the receipt does not recite that it was issued for a
contrary. particular installment due as when the receipt is only
dated.
Examples:  It must be stipulated in the receipt that he or she
1. B owes C the amount of 10k with an interest at 14% a year. have received all the installments
C issued a receipt for the principal. The interest was not 4. Payment of taxes:
referred to in the payment whether or not it has been paid.  Taxes are payable by the year are not installments of
- It is presumed that the interest has been previously the same obligation.
paid by B because normally the payment of interests 5. Non-payment proven:
precedes of the principal.  Art. 1176 does not apply where the non-payment of
- This, however, is only a disputable presumption and the prior obligation has been proven.
be overcome by sufficient evidence that such
 Between a proven fact and a presumption, the
interest had not really been paid. (Hill vs. Veloso, 31
proven fact stands, and the presumption falls.
Phil. 160)
(Ledesma vs. Realubin, 8 SCRA 608)
2. E is a lessee in the apartment of R, paying 5k rental fee a
month, E failed to pay the rent for the months of February
and March. In April, E paid 5k and R issued a receipt that
Subsidiary remedies of the creditor:
the payment is for the month of April.
(Art. 1177)
- The presumption is that the rents for the months of
February and March had been already paid.
Subsidiary Remedies of the Creditor:
- This is also in accordance with the usual business
- The creditors, after having pursued the property in
practice whereby prior installments are first
possession of the debtor to satisfy their claims, may
liquidated before payments are applied to the later
exercise all the rights and bring all the actions of the
installments. Again, this presumption is disputable.
latter for the same purpose, save those which are
(Rubert vs.Smith, 11 Phil. 138)
inherent in his person; they may also impugn the
Art. 1176. The receipt of the principal by the creditor, without
acts which the debtor may have done to defraud
reservation with respect to the interest, shall give rise to the them (Art. 1177)
presumption that said interest has been paid.
Remedies available to creditors in case the debtor does
The receipt of a later installment of a debt without reservation as
to prior installments, shall likewise raise the presumption that
not comply with his obligation:
such installments have been paid. 1. Specific performance with the right to damages;
2. Pursue the leviable (not exempt from attachment
Exceptions to the applicability of Art. 1176: under the law) property of the debtor;
1. With reservation as to interest: 3. Accion Subrogatoria, or Accion Pauliana; and
 Where there is a reservation as to interest or prior 4. Ask the court for rescission of the contracts (see
installments, the presumption in Art. 1176 does not Arts. 1191-1192 and 1380-1389)
apply.
Example:
 The reservation may be in writing or orally.
On the due date, D could not pay C his obligation in the amount of 300k.
2. Receipt for a part of principal however, D owns a car worth about 160k and X is indebted to him for 40k.
 Art. 1176, par. 1 applies only to the receipt of the last before the due date of the obligation, D sold his land worth 200k to Y.
installment of the entire capital, not to a mere Under the circumstances, the right granted to C under the law are as follows:
a. C may bring an action for the collection of the amount of 300k with
fraction thereof. right to damages;
 A receipt for a part of the principal (without b. If, inspite of the judgment rendered, D fails to pay the amount due, C
mentioning the interest) merely implies that the can ask for the attachment of D’s car so that the car may be sold and
creditor waives his right to apply the payment first payment made from the proceeds of the sale.
c. C may ask the court to order X not to pay D so that payment may be
to the interest and then to the principal, as made to him (C).
permitted by Art. 1253 d. C may ask the court to rescind or cancel the sale made by D to Y on the
 Only when the principal is fully receipted for, may ground that the transaction is fraudulent in case C cannot recover in
failure to reserve the claim for interest give rise to any other manner his credit. (Note: this remedy can only be resorted if
C could not collect in full his credit. He must first exhaust the properties
the presumption that said interest has been paid.
of the debtor or subrogate himself in the latter’s transmissible rights
(Jocson vs. Capital Subdivision, CA no. 7635-R, Jan. and actions.)
6, 1953) Accion Subrogatoria: (“I will step on your shoes”)
3. Receipt without indication of particular installment  The creditor, after having pursued the property in
paid: possession of the debtor, may exercise all the rights

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(like the right to redeem) and bring all the actions of the Classification of obligations under the Civil Code:
debtor (like the right to collect from the debtor of his a. Pure and Conditional Obligations
debtor).

Classification
b. Obligations with a period
 Exception: Those inherent in or personal to the person

Primary
c. Alternative and Facultative Obligations
of the latter (such as the right to vote, to hold office, to d. Joint and Solidary Obligations
receive legal support, to revoke a donation on the e. Divisible and Indivisible Obligations
ground of ingratitude) f. Obligations with a penal clause

Accion Pauliana: (“I will ask the court”) 1. Unilateral and Bilateral Obligations

Classification
 An action when the debtor is defrauding the creditor

Secondary
2. Real and Personal Obligations
 The creditor may ask the court to rescind or impugn 3. Determinate and Generic Obligations
acts or contracts which the debtor may have done to 4. Civil and Natural Obligations
defraud him when he cannot in any other manner 5. Legal, Conventional and Penal Obligations
recover his claim. (Arts. 1380-1389)
 It is essential that the creditor has no other legal
Classification of obligations according to Sanchez Roman:
remedy to satisfy his claim against the debtor.
1. By their juridical quality and efficaciousness:
a. According to Natural Law;
Other remedies:
b. According to Civil Law
 Art. 1652
c. Mixed
 Art. 1729 2. By the parties or subject:
 Art. 1608 a. Unilateral or bilateral
 Art. 1893 b. Individual or collective
c. Joint or solidary
3. By the object of the obligation or Prestation:
Transmissibility of rights: a. Specific or generic
(Art.1178) b. Positive or negative
c. Real or personal
General Rule: All rights acquired in virtue of an obligation are d. Possible or impossible
transmissible, if there has been no stipulation to the e. Divisible or indivisible
contrary. f. Principal or accessory
g. Simple or compound; if it is compound, it
Exceptions: may be;
1. If it is prohibited by law i. Conjunctive – demandable at the
a. Contract of Partnership – 2 or more persons binds same time; or
themselves to contribute money, property, or ii. Distributive – either alternative or
industry to a common fund, with the intention of facultative
dividing the profits among themselves. (Art. 1767) 4. By their juridical perfection and extinguishment:
b. Contract of Agency – a person binds himself to a. Pure or conditional; and
render some service or to do something in b. With a period.
representation or on behalf of another, with the
consent or authority of the latter. (Art. 1868) Sec. 1 – PURE AND CONDITIONAL OBLIGATIONS
c. Contract of Commodatum – one of the parties (Arts. 1179 to 1192)
delivers to another something not consumable so
that the latter may use the same for a certain time Concept
and return it. Commodatum is essentially gratuitous. (Art. 1179)
(Art. 1933)
2. If the parties stipulated the prohibition: Pure Obligation
 Like the stipulation that upon the death of the creditor,  An obligation not subject to any condition;
the obligation shall be extinguished or that the creditor
 Has not specific date mentioned for its fulfillment;
cannot assign his credit to another.
and
 The stipulation against transmission must not be
 Immediately demandable
contrary to law or public policy.
Examples:
CHAPTER 3 1. D obliges to pay C 10k.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF OBLIGATION
(Arts. 1179 to 1230)

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 The obligation is immediately demandable if there is requirement of a contract of sale enumerated in Arts. 1305 and
14751
no condition and no date is mentioned for its
fulfillment. c. There can be no rescission (under Art. 1191) of an obligation that is
still non-existent, the suspensive condition not having been fulfilled.
 If the loan has just been contracted by D, a period
must have been intended by the parties for 2. Resolutory Condition (Condition subsequent)
performance but the duration thereof will depend  A condition in which the fulfillment of it shall
upon the nature if the obligation and the extinguish an obligation (or right) that is
circumstances. already existing.
Note: A distinction must be made between the immediate
demandability of a pure obligation and its fulfillment by the debtor Example cases:
who may be granted by the court a reasonable period for Donation subject to a resolutory condition transfer title but
performance. The period remains pure even where such period is fixed revocable for non-compliance with condition. (Parks vs. Prov. Of
by the court. Tarlac, 49 Phil. 142)
FACTS:
R donated to T (Province of Tarlac) a parcel of land subject to the
2. D promises to pay C Php 26,900 upon receipt by D of his condition that it was to be used for the erection of a central
share from the estate of X or “upon demand of C”. school and public park, the work to commence within the period
 The obligation of D is immediately and demandable, of 6 months from the date of the ratification by the parties of the
deed of donation. The donation was accepted by T and title to
for C may rely on the wording “upon demand”. (Pay the property was transferred to it. Subsequently, R sold the land
vs. Vda de Palanca, 57 SCRA 18) to C. C claimed that since the condition imposed was not
complied with, there was no donation.
What is a Condition? Issue:
Is the condition suspensive or subsequent?
 A future and uncertain event; and Ruling:
 The happening of it may effect or extinguished an It is a condition subsequent. The characteristic of a condition
obligation. precedent is that the acquisition of right is not effected while said
condition is not complied with or is not deemed complied with.
Meanwhile, nothing is acquired and there is only an expectancy
What is a Conditional Obligation? of right. Consequently, when a condition is imposed, the
- An obligation whose consequences are subject in compliance of which cannot be effected except when the right is
one way or another to the fulfillment of a condition. deemed acquired, such condition cannot be deemed a condition
precedent.

Characteristic of a condition: In the present case, the condition could not be complied with
1. Future and uncertain except after giving effect to the donation. The donee could not
2. Past but unknown do any work on the donated land if the donation had not really
been effected because it would be an invasion of another’s title,
for the land would have continued to belong to the donor so long
Two Principle Kinds of Conditions: as the condition imposed was not complied with. The non-
1. Suspension Condition (Condition precedent or compliance with the condition is, however, a sufficient cause for
condition antecedent) revocation.
 A condition where the fulfillment of will will
give rise to an obligation (or right). Transfer of ownership of property sold shall become absolute
upon payment by vendor’s debt to third parties; void, if paid by
 The demandability of the obligation is the vendor himself: (Rodriguez vs. Francisco, 2 SCRA 648)
suspended until the happening of a future and FACTS:
uncertain event which constitutes the S sold to B a parcel of land in consideration of the obligation
assumed by B to pay what the vendor (S) owed to several parties
condition.
mentioned in the deed; if S paid his debts, the sale shall become
inoperative and void, but that if B paid the same debts by the
a. The birth, perfection or effectivity of the contract subject to a reason of S’s failure to do so, the sale made shall become
condition can take place only if and when the condition happens or absolute and irrevocable automatically, without the need of
is fulfilled. If the suspensive condition does not take place  the executing any other deed of conveyance. B paid the debts of S.
parties would stand as of the conditional obligation had never Upon presentation of the corresponding instruments, the
existed. certificate of title issued in the name of S was cancelled and a
b. It must appear that the performance of an act or the happening of transfer certificate of title was issued in B’s name.
an event was intended by the parties as a suspensive condition, ISSUE:
otherwise, its non-fulfillment will not prevent the perfection of a Is the contract one of equitable mortgage or a sale subject to a
contract. Therefore where there is no provision in a contract of sale resolutory condition?
declaring it without effect until after the opening of a letter of credit
by the buyer as required by the seller, the omission to opening being
only a mode of payment and is not among the essential 1 Art. 1475 – “The contract of sale is perfected at the
moment there is a meeting of the minds upon the ting which
is the object of the contract and upon the price.
From that moment, the parties may reciprocally demand
performance, subject to the provisions of the law governing
the form of contracts.”
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RULING: failure of a contract performance of the condition.


The contract is a perfected contract of sale and subject to a
resolutory condition. The property is not given as a mere security (Ex of this: The condition that the seller
for a loan (which is the manifest purpose of a contract of shall eject the squatters on the property
mortgage) but instead it makes a conditional transfer of sold within a certain period)
ownership which becomes automatically absolute and final upon
performance of the condition agreed upon, namely, payment by
B of what S owed the parties mentioned in the deed of
When obligation demandable at once:
conveyance. 1. When it is pure
2. When it is subject to a resolutory condition
[Note: In a contract to sell on installments, upon the fulfillment 3. When it is subject to a resolutory period
of the positive suspensive condition which is the full payment of
the purchase price, ownership will not automatically transfer to
the buyer although the property may have been previously Past event unknown to the parties:
delivered to him. The prospective seller still has to convey title to  A condition really refers only to an uncertain and future
the prospective buyer by entering into a contract of absolute event.
sale. The failure to fulfill the condition is not considered a breach
(casual or serious) but simply an event which prevents the  A past event cannot be said to be a condition since the
obligation of the seller to convey title from acquiring any demandability of an obligation subject to a condition
obligatory force. (Rillo vs. CA, 274 SCRA 461)] depends upon whether the event will happen or will not
happen.
Vendor seeks rescission of sale for violation by vendee of  What is contemplated by law is the knowledge to be
restriction imposed in contract of sale between vendor and
previous owner (which is the first vendor): (Meralco vs. CA, 114
acquired in the future of a past event which at the
SCRA 173) moment is unknown to the parties interested., for it is
FACTS: only in that sense that the event can be deemed
The contract of sale of 3 lots between S (PHHC) and B provided uncertain.
the only construction exclusively for “residential purposes”
shall be built on the property, terms thereof to be binding  This knowledge determines whether the obligation will
upon the successors and assignees of the respective parties. arise or not.
Subsequently, B sold 2 lots to Meralco which established a Example:
sub-station within the property. Because of the “severe noise” FACTS:
from the sub-station, B filed a complaint for the rescission of S is the owner of a parcel of land which is being claimed by X. Last
the sale. week, the SC has rendered a final decision upholding the right of S.
ISSUE: However, S has not yet received the notice that he had won the case.
Does B have the right of action against Meralco for violation of Now, S obliged himself to sell the land to B for a definite price,
the restriction imposed in the contract between S and B? should he win the case against X?
RULING: ANSWER:
NO. it is S which has the right of action against any assignee of Under the facts, S would be bound to sell the land to B upon receipt
B. S cannot rescind the contract between B and Meralco of the notice that he had won the case against X.
because it was not a party to it. S’s redress would be to directly
“seek cancellation of the title of Meralco, and to repossess the
property” as provided in its contract with B.
When duration of period
depends upon the will of debtor:
Distinctions between Suspensive and Resolutory (Art. 1180)
Condition:
Condition vs. Period
Condition Period
Suspensive Resolutory Condition
Condition Future and Uncertain event Future and Certain event
As to its The obligation arises The obligation is
Period  a future and certain event upon the arrival of which
Fulfillment extinguish
either arises or extinguishes an obligation.
Absence of The tie of law The tie of law (juridical
its (juridical or legal tie or legal tie) is Art. 1180 – When the debtor binds himself to pay when his
fulfillment does not appear consolidated. means permit him to do so, the obligation shall be deemed to be
one with a period, subject to the provisions of Art. 1197.

Where the duration of period depends upon the will of


When condition imposed on perfection of contract: debtor:
Condition imposed on Condition imposed merely on 1. The debtor promises to pay when his mean permit him to
the perfection of a the performance of an obligation do so:
contract  The obligation shall be deemed one with a period.
Failure to comply to Failure to comply to this only gives the
this results in the other party the option either to refuse to
proceed with the contract or to waive

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 In tis case, what depends upon the debtor’s will is the seller-mortgagor’s consent to the sale, so
not whether he should pay or not for indeed he that without approval be the mortgagee, no sale
binds himself to pay. is perfected and the seller remains the owner and
 If the debtor and the creditor cannot agree as to mortgagor of the property and as such retains
the specific time of payment  the court shall fix the right to redeem the foreclosed property.
the ame in the application of either part. (Art. 1197, (Ramos vs. CA, 279 SCRA 118)
par. 2)
2. Other cases – When the debtor binds himself to pay: 2. Loss of rights already acquired: (Resolutory
a. “Little by little” Condition)
b. “As soon as possible”  The happening of the event which
c. “From time to time” constitutes the condition produces the
d. “As soon as I have the money” extinguishment or loss of rights already
e. “At any time I have the money” acquired.
f. “In partial payments” Examples:
g. “When I a, in a position to pay” 1. S sold to B a parcel of land subject to S’s right of
repurchase. The ownership already acquired by
Note: Please see Arts. 1193-1198 for further discussion B under the contract shall be extinguished or
lost should S exercise his right of repurchase.
2. A lease contract expressly stipulates that R
Effect of happening of a condition: (lessor) may terminate the lease in case his
(Art. 1181) children shall need the leased premises. Here,
the happening of the condition depends upon
Art. 1181 – In conditional obligations, the the will of the third person (R’s children).
acquisition of rights, as well as the extinguishment or loss (Ducusin vs. CA, 122 SCRA 280)
of those already or loss of those already acquired, shall 3. R (donor) donates land to E (donee) on the
depend upon the happening of the event which constitutes condition that the latter would build a school on
the condition. the land. The condition imposed is a resolutory
one. If there is no compliance with the
Note: This article reiterates the distinction between a suspensive
(or antecedent) condition and resolutory (or subsequent)
condition, R may revoke the donation and all
condition. rights which E may have acquired under it shall
be deemed lost or extinguished. (CPU vs. CA,
Effect of happening of condition: 246 SCRA 511)
1. Acquisition of rights: (Suspensive Condition)
 The acquisition of rights by the creditor depends Effect of non-compliance with Resolutory Condition:
upon the happening of the event which - The non-compliance with or non-fulfillment of the
constitutes the condition. condition resolves the contract by force of law
 If the suspensive condition does not take place without need of judicial intervention
 the parties would stand as if the conditional
obligation has never existed, or before the Examples:
suspensive condition has taken place, what is 1. Sale to be deemed cancelled upon failure to construct
acquired by the creditor is a mere hope or house on land sold within a certain period:
Bañez vs CA, 59 SCRA 15:
expectancy of acquiring a right. FACTS:
Examples: PHHC (People’s Homesite & Housing Corp.), a government
a. The surrender of the sweepstakes ticket is a instrumentality, sold a lot to B subject to the resolutory condition that
conditional precedent (suspensive condition) to B “shall construct a residential house on the lot within a period of 1
year from signing of the contract, non-compliance with which shall
the payment of the prize. (Santiago vs. Millar, 68 result in the contract being deemed annulled and cancelled”. B failed
Phil. 39) to comply with the condition of the contract.
b. Where the loans of X from Y were supposed to ISSUE:
become due only at the time Y receives from Z What is the effect of B’s non-compliance with the resolutory condition
of building a house?
the proceeds of the approved financing scheme, RULING:
and Z refused to make releases, the condition for The contract is resolved by operation of law. B acquires no vested right
the loan did not happen and X is not, therefore, to the lot which reverts to PHHC. PHHC, however, may waive the
liable to Y. (RPC vs. CA, 167 SCRA 309) effects of said resolutory condition.
c. (Sales with Assumption of Mortgage)  the
assumption of the mortgage by the buyer is a 2. Sale is subject to 2 conditions and only one is fulfilled:
condition precedent (suspensive condition) to Villonco Realty Co. vs. Bormacheco, 65 SCRA 352:
FACTS:

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S sold to B a parcel of land subject to the condition that B makes a extinguishes the obligation
down payment of 100k and that the Government accepts the bid of S
to purchase Government property. B made the down payment which Form Express The condition is clearly stated
was accepted by S. however, the Government did not accept the bid of Implied The condition is merely
S. inferred
ISSUE:
Having accepted the down payment, is S bound to sell?
Possibility Possible The condition is capable of
RULING: fulfillment (legally and
NO. Acceptance by S of the part of the payment of 100k shows that physically)
the sale was conditionally consummated or partly executed subject to Impossible The condition is not capable of
the acceptance of S’s bid by the Government. The non-acceptance of
S’s bid is in the nature of a negative resolutory condition. fulfillment (legally or
physically)
3. The land which was donated on the condition that it Cause or Potestative The condition depends upon
should be used exclusively for school purposes only was Origin the will of one of the
exchanged by the done for a bigger land which was used contracting parties
for the same purpose: Casual The condition depends upon
Republic vs. Slim, 356 SCRA 1: chance or upon the willof the
FACTS: contracting party
In the deed of donation executed by respondents spouses, they
imposed the condition that the 5,600 sqm. Parcel of land should “be Mixed The condition depends partly
used exclusively and forever for school purposes only”. This donation upon chance and partly upon
was accepted by the district supervisor of the Bureau of Public Schools the will of a third person
through an Affidavit of Acceptance and/or Confirmation of Donation.
Mode Positive The condition consists in the
The school building that was supposed to be allocated for the donated performance of an act
parcel of land could not be released since the government required Negative The condition consists in the
that it be built upon a 1 hectare parcel of land. To remedy this omission of an act
predicament, the district supervisor and a lot owner entered into a
deed of exchange whereby the donated lot was exchanged with a Number Conjunctive There are several conditions
bigger lot owned by the latter (lot owner). School buildings were and only one or all must be
constructed on the new site. fulfilled.
ISSUE:
In exchanging the donated lot with a bigger lot, did the donee violate
Disjunctive There are several conditions
the condition in the donation? and only one or some of them
RULING: must be fulfilled.
NO, The done did not violate the condition of the donation: Divisibility Divisible The condition is susceptible of
1. Meaning of terms – “What does the phrase ‘exclusively used for
school purposes’ convey? “School” is simply an institution or place partial performance.
of education. “Purpose” is defined as “that which one sets before Indivisible The condition is not
him to accomplish or attain; an end, intention, or aim, object, susceptible to partial
plan, project. Term is synonymous with the ends sought, an object
performance.
to be attained, an intention, etc. “Exclusive” means excluding or
having power to exclude (as by preventing entrance or debarring
form possession, participation, or use); limiting or limited to Potestive Condition – a condition suspensive in nature and
possession control or use”. which depends on the sole will of one of the contracting
2. Purpose of donation remains the same – “Without the slightest parties.
doubt, the condition for the donation was not in any way violated
when the lot was exchanged with another one. The purpose for Suspensive Condition depends on the will of the debtor:
the donation remains the same, which is for the establishment of 1. Conditional Obligation Void:
a school. The exclusivity of the purpose was not altered or  Where the potestative condition depends solely on
affected. In fact, the exchange of the lot for a much bigger one
the will of the debtor  the conditional obligation
was in furtherance and enhancement of the purpose of the
donation. The acquisition of the bigger lot paved the way for the shall be VOID because its validity and compliance is
release of funds for the construction of Bagong Lipunan school left to the will of the debtor, and it cannot be legally
building which could not be accommodated by the limited area of demandable.
the donated lot.”
 In order not to be liable  the debtor will not just
fulfill the condition = no juridical tie.
 Examples:
Potestative Condition and Casual Conditon 1. “I willpay you if I want”
(Art. 1182) 2. “I will pay you after I receive a loan from a bank” (Berg vs.
Magdalena, 92 Phil. 110)
3. “I will pay you after I recover what D owes me”
Classification of Conditions 4. “I will pay you after I have harvested fish” (Trillana vs. Quezon
Effect Suspensive The happening of which gives College, 93 Phil. 383)
rises to the obligation 5. “I will pay you on the sale of the house in which I live.” (Osmeña
vs. Rama, 14 Phil. 99)
Resolutory The happening of which 6. “I will pay you the price of the forest concession you sold me

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upon my operation of the same” (Tible vs. Aquino, 65 SCRA 2. When the fulfillment of the condition does not
207) depend on the will of the debtor but on a 3rd person
7. the contract of lease provides that the lease shall continue “for
who (in no way) can be compelled to carry it out and it
as long as the lessee needed the premises and can meet and
pay the 20% increase every 3 years” (Lao Lim vs. CA, 191 SCRA is found by the court that the debtor has done all in his
150) power to comply with his obligation  his (debtor)
part of the contract is deemed complied with and he
2. Only the condition is void: has a right to demand performance of the contract
 If the obligation is a pre-existing one, and, therefore, by the other party.
does not depend for its existence upon the fulfillment
by the debtor of the potestative condition, only the Mixed Conditions:
condition is void leaving unaffected the obligation - The obligation is valid if the suspensive condition
itself. depends partly upon chance and partly upon the will
o Here, the condition is imposed not on the birth of a third person.
of the obligation but on its fulfillment. Example:
 Example: 1. Where X (building contractor) obliges himself in favor of Y
D borrowed 10k from C payable within 2 months. Subsequently, D (owner) to repair at X’s expense, any damage to the building
promised to pay C “after D sells his car” to which C agreed. In this taking place after an earthquake if found by a panel of
case, only the condition is void but not the pre-existing obligation of arbitrators that construction defects contributed in any way
D to pay C. to the damage  Both conditions must take place in order
that X’s obligation will arise.
Suspensive condition depends upon the will of the 2. When B (buyer) shall pay the balance of the purchase price
creditor: of a parcel of land when he has successfully negotiated and
 It is VALID!!  the creditor is interested in the secured a road right of way. The condition is not dependent
on the sole will of B (debtor) but also in the will of a 3rd
fulfillment of the obligation because it is for his
person who owns the adjacent land. It is likewise dependent
benefit. It is up to him whether to enforce his right or on chance as there is no guarantee that B and the owner
not. would come to an agreement regarding the road right of
 Example: “I will pay my debt upon your demand” way. This is a type of mixed condition (Catungal vs.
Rodriguez, 646 SCRA 130)
Resolutory condition depends upon the will of debtor:
 If the condition is resolutory in nature (ex. The right to When the suspensive condition depends partly on the will
repurchase in a sale with pacto de retro) the obligation of the debtor:
is valid although its fulfillment depends upon the sole - The obligation is void as it is within his (debtor) power
will of the debtor. to comply or not to comply with the same.
 The fulfillment of the condition merely causes the Impossible Conditions
extinguishment or loss of rights already acquired  (Art. 1183)
the debtor is naturally interested in its fulfillment.
 A condition that is both potestative (or facultative) Impossible Conditions:
and resolutory may be valid even though the condition - Those conditions that is contrary to good customs or
is left to the will of the debtor. public policy and prohibited by law.
o Rationale? The debtor knows his obligation cannot
Casual Obligation: be fulfilled.
1. If the suspensive condition depends upon chance or o He has no intention to comply with his obligation.
upon the will of a 3rd person  the obligation subject - It is void or shall annul the obligation that is dependent
to it is valid: on it.
Examples: Art. 873. Impossible conditions and those contrary to law or good
1. X (building contractor) obliges himself in favor of Y customs shall be considered as not imposed and shall in no
(owner) to repair at X’s expense any damage that may manner prejudice the heir, even if the testator should otherwise
be caused to the building by any earthquake occurring provide.
within 10 years from the date of the completion of its Art. 727. Illegal or impossible conditions in simple and
construction. remuneratory donations shall be considered as not imposed.
2. When S binds himself to sell his land to S if he wins a - If the obligation is divisible  The part thereof which is
case which is pending before the Supreme Court. not affected by the impossible or unlawful condition
3. When B (buyer) binds himself to pay the balance of the shall be valid
purchase price when S (seller) has successfully ejected
Example:
the informal settlers occupying the subject property.
(Romero vs. CA, 250 SCRA 223)
“I will give you 10k if you sell my land, and a car, if
you kill Pedro”

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- The condition not to do an impossible thing shall be


considered as not having been agreed upon.
o The condition is always fulfilled when it is not to do Negative Condition
an impossible thing so that it is the same as if there (Art. 1185)
where no condition.
- If the obligation is a pre-existing obligation, and Negative Condition:
therefore, does not depend upon the fulfillment of the  It refers to an event that will not happen at a
condition which is impossible (for its existence)  ONLY determinate time.
THE CONDITION IS VOID.  The obligation shall become effective and binding:
1. From the moment the time indicated has
Applicability of Art. 1183: elapsed without the event taking place; or
 It refers to suspensive conditions. 2. From the moment it has become evident that
 It applies only to cases where the impossibility the event cannot occur, although the time
already existed at the time the obligation was indicated has not ye elapsed.
constituted.  If no time is fixed  the circumstances shall be
 If the impossibility arises after the creation of the considered to determine the intention of the parties.
obligation  Art. 1266 governs (Btw, this rule is applicable also to a positive condition)
Art. 1266. The debtor in obligations to do shall be
released when the Prestation becomes legally or Example:
physically impossible without the fault of the debtor. X binds himself to give Y 10k if Y is not yet married to W on December 30.
a. X is not liable to Y if Y marries W on Dec. 30 or before that.
b. X is liable to Y if on Dec. 30, Y is not married to W or if Y marries W
2 Kinds of impossible conditions: after Dec. 30. In the latter case, the condition (not marrying W) is
Physically Impossible Legally Impossible fulfilled upon the expiration of the time indicated, which is Dec. 30
c. Suppose W dies on Nov. 20 without having been married to Y. The
In the nature of things, they When they are contrary to law, obligation is rendered effective because it is certain that the condition
cannot exist or cannot be morals, good customs, public not to marry W will be fulfilled.  In this case, the obligation becomes
undone order, or public policy effective from the moment of W’s death on Nov. 20 although the time
Ex: A promised to give B the Ex: A will give B 50k if B will indicated (Dec. 30) has not yet elapsed.
stars, moon and the sun in kill A’s mother or rob a bank.
exchanged for B’s willingness Constructive fulfillment of a condition:
to give him a car. (Art. 1186)
Positive Condition
(Art. 1184) Constructive fulfillment of suspensive condition:
- 3 requisites for the application of Art. 1186:
Positive Condition: a. The condition is suspensive;
 It refers to a positive (suspensive) condition  the b. The debtor actually prevents the fulfillment of the
happening of an event at a determinate time. condition; and
c. He act voluntarily or intentionally
 The obligation is extinguished:
- Notes:
1. As soon as the time expires without the event
o Mere intention of the debtor to prevent the
taking place; or
2. As soon as it has become indubitable that the happening of the condition (or to place ineffective
obstacles to its compliance without actually
event will not take place although the time
preventing the fulfillment) is INSUFFICIENT.
specified has not yet expired.
Example:
o The law does not require that the debtor acts with
X obliges himself to give 10k if Y will marry W before Y reaches malice or fraud as long as his purpose is to prevent
the age of 23. the fulfillment of the condition.
a. X is liable if Y marries W before he reaches 23 years old.  He should not be allowed to profit from his
b. X is not liable if Y marries W at the age of 23 or after he reaches own fault or bad faith to the prejudice of the
the age of 23. [In this case, the specified (before reaching the creditor.
age of 23) has expired without the condition (marrying W)  In reciprocal obligation (like the contract of
being fulfilled. The obligation is extinguished as soon as Y sale), both parties are mutually debtors and
becomes 23 years old.]
creditors.
c. If Y dies at the age of 22 without having married W  the Examples:
obligation is extinguished because it has become indubitable 1. X agreed to give Y a 5% commission if he could sell X’s land at a certain
that the condition will not take place. [In this case, the price. Y found a buyer who definitely decided to buy the property upon the
obligation of X is deemed extinguished from death of Y, terms prescribed by X. To evade the payment of the commission agreed
although the time specified (before reaching the age of 23) has upon, X himself sold to the buyer the property at a lower price without the
not yet expired.] aid of Y.
- In this case, it can be said that the due performance of Y of his

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undertaking, the condition for the payment of the commission was that the intention of the person
purposely prevented by X, snd is deemed fulfilled. constituting the same was
2. S promised to sell his land to Y if Y would be able to secure a loan from a different.
certain bank. Later on, S changed his mind about selling his land. He
induced the bank not to give Y a loan.
- Under the above article, the condition is deemed complied with an S
Retroactive effects of fulfillment of suspensive condition:
is liable to sell his land. S should not be allowed to profit by his own A. Real Obligations (Obligations to give):
fault or bad faith.  It becomes demandable only upon the fulfillment of
3. Suppose the inducement made by S was promoted by some other person, the condition.
is there constructive fulfillment? YES! The law does not require that S act
with malice or fraud as long as his purpose is to prevent the fulfillment of  However, once the condition is fulfilled, its effects
the condition. But Art. 1186 does not apply if the act of the debtor is in shall retroact to the day when the obligation was
the exercise of a right. constituted.
4. X agreed to paint the house of Y for 50k after completion. Before X could
 Reason? The condition is only an accidental element
complete the job, Y hired Z (another contractor) who finished the
painting. The condition (of painting the house) is deemed fulfilled under to a contract.
Art. 1186 and Y’s obligation to pay X the amount of 50k is converted into o An obligation can exist without being
a pure obligation. (Ong vs. Bogñalbal, 501 SCRA 490) subject to a condition.
5. S sold B parcels of land which were mortgaged to C. S and B executed a  The rule on Retroactivity has no application to real
notarized deed of absolute sale with assumption of mortgage by B in
favor of S. B gave S a partial payment as provided in the deed of sale. S
contracts as they are perfected only by delivery of
wrote a letter to C informing it of the sale and authorizing it to accept the object of the obligation.
payment from B and release the certificates of title. Subsequently, S said Example:
his indebtedness to C and again sold the land to T, and then claiming that On January 20, S agreed to sell his parcel of land to B for 500k should
he entered into a contract of to sell, not a contract of sale, since the B lose a case involving the recovery of another parcel of land. On April 10,
validity of the transaction was subject to a suspensive condition, that is S sold his land to C. B lost the case on Dec. 4
the approval of B’s assumption of mortgage. The parties entered into a
contract of sale. Even assuming that the agreement was subject to the Before Dec. 4, B had no right to demand the sale of the land by S.
condition that C had to approve the assumption of mortgage, the said when the condition, however, was fulfilled on Dec. 4, it is as if B was
condition was considered fulfilled as S prevented its fulfillment by paying entitled to the land beginning Jan. 20. Hence, as between B and C, B will
his outstanding obligation and taking back the certificates of title without have a better right over the land. (It is required, however, under the
even notifying B. Property Registration Degree (PD 1529, Sec. 51) that the promise of S be
Construction fulfillment of resolutory condition: annotated on the back of certificate of title of the property to be binding
against 3rd persons like C.)
- Art. 1186 also applies to an obligation with a
resolutory condition if the debtor is bound to return If the land was sold by B to D on May 15, D would still have a better
what he has received upon the fulfillment of the right against C since the sale by B will be considered valid.
condition.
Example: B. Personal Obligations (Obligations to do or not to do):
X obliges himself to allow Y to occupy X’s house in Manila as long as X is  No fixed rule (Court’s discretion only)
assigned by their company in the province. When Y learned that X would
be transferred to Manila, he was able to induce the president of the  The court is empowered to determine (in each case)
company to assign another person in the place of X. the retroactive effect of the suspensive condition
The obligation of X is extinguished because the fulfillment of the that has been complied with.
resolutory condition was voluntarily prevented by Y. therefore, Y must
 It includes the power to decide that the fulfillment
vacate the house.
of the condition shall have no retroactive effect or
from what date the retroactive effect shall be
reckoned.
Effects of fulfilling a conditional obligation: Examples:
(Art. 1187) 1. C obliged himself to condone the debt of D (C’s lawyer) should
the latter win C’s case in the Supreme Court.
Effects of a conditional obligation: - In this case, upon the fulfillment of the condition, C shall
not be entitled, unless the contrary has been stipulated, to
In Obligation to Give In Obligation to Do or Not to do
the earned interests of the capital during the pendency of
(Real Obligations) (Personal Obligations) the condition as the intention of C is to extinguish the debt.
Once the condition is fulfilled, it The courts shall determine Here, the fulfillment of the condition has a retroactive
shall retroact to the day of the effect
(in each case) the retroactive
constitution of the obligation. 2. Suppose (in the preceding example) the obligation contracted
When the obligation imposes effect of the condition that
by C was to construct “gratis” the house of D upon the
reciprocal prestations upon the has been complied with fulfillment of the condition.
parties, the fruits and interest - In this case, unless the contrary clearly appears, there is no
during the pendency of the retroactive effect if the condition is fulfilled, taking into
condition shall be deemed to have consideration of the nature of the obligation and the intent
been mutually compensated. of the parties. Therefore, C is not liable to pay interest on
If the obligation is unilateral, the the money value of the obligation for the intervening
debtor shall appropriate the fruits period.
and interests received, unless from
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Retroactive effects as to fruits and interests in real annotated in the registry of once the suspensive condition is
obligations (Obligations to give): fulfilled. But if the condition is not
property.
fulfilled, the debtor should be allowed
1. In reciprocal obligations: to recover any payment made even if
 No retroactive effect because the fruits and the debtor has paid not by mistake.
interests received during the pendency of
condition are deemed to have been fully Example: (Buot vs. CA, 357 SCRA 846)
compensated. Under a contract of sell a parcel of land, full payment was not made by
the vendee because of the non-fulfillment of a suspensive condition, which
 This rule is necessary for purposes of convenience property was later sold absolutely by the vender to another:
since the parties would not have to render mutual Facts:
accounting of what they have received. S and B entered into a contract to sell a parcel of land evidenced by a
memorandum of agreement which stipulates, inter alia, that S (vendor)
reserves to herself ownership and possession of the property until full
Example:
payment of the purchase price by B and that the balance thereof was
On January 20, S agreed to sell his parcel of land to B for 500k
payable within 6 months from the date S would notify B that the
should B lose a case involving the recovery of another parcel of
certificate of the title of the property could be transferred to B.
land. On April 10, S sold his land to C. B lost the case on Dec. 4
subsequently, S executed a deed of absolute sale of the property in
When B lost the case on Dec. 4, S must deliver the land and B
favor of T.
must pay 50k.
It appeared that S exerted efforts to register the property, and B had
S does not have to give the fruits received from the land
no intention to buy the property and was only interested in dealing
before Dec. 4 and B is not obliged to pay legal interests on the
with other buyers to make a profit. S even pleaded with him several
price since the fruits and interests received are deemed to have
times to purchase the property, less the expenses of registration, as
been mutually compensated.
there were other interested buyers.

2. In unilateral obligations: Issue:


 Usually, there is no retroactive effect because Is B entitled to recover the property in question from T?
they are gratuitous. Ruling:
 The debtor receives nothing from the creditor NO! There was no actual sale. On the part of B, no full payment would
 Therefore, fruits and interests belong to the be made until a certificate of title of the property was ready for transfer
in his name.
debtor (unless from the nature and other
circumstances it should be inferred that the Under par. 2 of Art. 1188, even if B did not mistakenly make partial
intention of the person constituting the same payments, inasmuch as the suspensive condition was not fulfilled it is
was different) only fair and just that B be allowed to recover what he had paid S in
Example: expectancy that the condition would be fulfilled; otherwise, there
On January 20, S agreed to donate his parcel of land to B should would be unjust enrichment on the part of S. In this case, the heirs of S
B lose a case involving the recovery of another parcel of land. On were ordered to also pay B interest at 12% per annum on the sum
April 10, S sold his land to C. B lost the case on Dec. 4. received by S from the time the RTC rendered its original decision.
Upon the fulfillment of the condition, S has to deliver the land
but he has the right to keep to himself all the fruits and interests he
may have to received during the pendency of the condition, that is Rules in case of loss, deterioration or improvement
from January 20 to Dec. 4, unless a contrary intention by S may be (Suspensive Condition) / (Obligation to give)
inferred, as when it is stipulated that once the condition is fulfilled,
(Art. 1189)
S shall render an accounting of fruits received during its pendency.

Requisites for Art. 1189:


1. It is only a real obligation;
Rights during pendency of
2. The object is a determinate thing;
fulfilling a condition:
3. The obligation is subject to suspensive condition;
(Art. 1188)
4. The condition is fulfilled; and
5. There is loss, deterioration, or improvement of the thing
Rights pending fulfillment of condition:
during the pendency of the happening on one condition.
Rights of the Creditor Rights of the Debtor
Applies to obligation with a Applies to obligation with a
Kinds of loss (in civil law):
resolutory condition suspensive condition
1. Physical loss – when a thing when a thing perishes as
Before the fulfillment of the He may recover what he has when a house is burned and reduced to ashes
condition, he may bring the paid by mistake prior to the 2. Legal loss – when a thing goes out of commerce (ex.
appropriate actions for the happening of the suspensive When it is expropriated) or when a thing, before is legal,
preservation of his right condition. becomes illegal. (ex. During the Japanese occupation,
He may go to the court to Solutio indebito  “no one shall American dollars had become impossible since their use was
prevent the alienation or enrich himself at the expense of forbidden by the Japanese occupant).
another”.
concealment of the property 3. Civil loss – when a thing disappears in such a way that its
the debtor bound himself to Note: In any case, the debtor cannot existence is unknown (ex. A particular dog has been missing
deliver, or to have his right recover what he has prematurely paid for sometime); or even if known, it cannot be recovered

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whether as a matter of fact (ex. A particular ring was 5. If the thing is improved by its nature or by time:
dropped from a ship at sea), or of law (ex. A property is lost  The improvement shall inure to the benefit of the
through prescription). creditor.
Example:
Definitions: D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
property. Supposed the market value of the car increased, who
a. Loss – a thing is lost when it perishes, or goes out of gets the benefit?
commerce, or disappears in such a way that its existence
is unknown or it cannot be recovered. The improvement shall inure to the benefit of C. In as much as C
b. Deteriorates – a thing deteriorates when its value is would suffer in case of deterioration of the car through a
fortuitous event, it is but fair that he should be compensated,
reduced or impaired with or without the fault of the incase of improvements of the car instead.
debtor.
c. Improves – a thing is improved when its value is 6. If the thing is improved at the expense of the debtor:
increased or enhanced by nature or by time or at the  The debtor shall have no other right than that granted
expense of the debtor or creditor. to the usufructuary.
Rules in case of loss, deterioration or improvement of a Example:
thing during pendency of suspensive condition: D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s property.
1. If the thing is lost without the fault of the debtor: During the pendency of the condition, D had the car painted and its
seat cover changed at his expense.
 The obligation shall be extinguished.
 The debtor is not liable even if it is a fortuitous event. In this case, D will have the right granted to a usufructuary with
Example: respect to the improvements made on the thing held in usufruct.
D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
property. The car was lost without the fault of D.
Usufruct:
 Usufruct gives a right to enjoy the property of another with the obligation
The obligation is extinguished and D is not liable to C even if C sells
of preserving its form and substance, unless the title constituting it or the
the property. A person (as a general rule) is not liable for a
law otherwise provides. (Art. 562, NCC)
fortuitous event.
 The usufructuary may make on the property held in usufruct such useful
improvements or expenses for mere pleasure as he may deem proper,
2. If the thing is lost through the fault of the debtor: provided he does not alter its form or substance; but he shall have no right
 The debtor is obliged to pay damages; to be indemnified therefore. He may, however, remove such
Example: improvements, should it be possible to do so without damage to the
D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s property. (Art. 579, NCC)
property. The car was lost through the negligence of D, C is entitled  The usufructuary may set off the improvements he may have made on the
to demand damages. (ex. 100k plus incidental damages, if any). property against any damage to the same. (Art. 560, NCC)

3. When the thing deteriorates without the fault of the


debtor: Rules on loss, deterioration or improvement of a thing
 The impairment is to be borne by the creditor. (Resolutory Condition) / (Obligation to do or not to do)
Example: (Art. 1190)
D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
property. If the car figured in an accident, as a result of which, its
windshield was broken and some of its paints were scratched
Requisites for Art. 1190:
away without the fault of D (thereby reducing its value to 80k). C 1. The obligation is to give, to do or not to do;
will have to suffer the deterioration of impairment in the amount of 2. The object is a determinate thing;
20k. 3. The obligation is subject to a resolutory condition;
4. The condition is fulfilled; and
4. When the thing deteriorate through the fault of the 5. There is loss, deterioration, or improvement of the thing
debtor; during the pendency of the happening on one condition.
 The creditor may choose between the rescission of the
obligation or its fulfillment, with indemnity for Effects of fulfillment of resolutory condition in a Real
damages. Obligations (Obligation to give):
Example:
 When the resolutory condition in an obligation to give is
D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
property. If the car figured in an accident, as a result of which, its fulfilled  the obligation is extinguished and the parties
windshield was broken and some of its paints were scratched are obliged to return to each other what they have
away through the fault of D (thereby reducing its value to 80k). In received under the obligation.
this case, C may choose between the following:
a. There is a return to the status quo. In other words
a. Rescission (or cancellation) of the obligation with damages:
(D is liable to pay 100k (the value of the car before it was the effect of the fulfillment of the condition is
deteriorated) plus incidental damages) or retroactive.
b. Have D fulfill the obligation plus damages: (D is bound to
give the car and pay 20k to C plus incidental damages)

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b. The obligation of mutual restitution is absolute.  It  These are obligations that arise from the same
applies only not only to things received but also to cause and each party is a debtor and creditor of each
the fruits and interests. other.
c. In case the thing to be returned “is legally in the  That the performance by one party of his obligation
possession of a third person who did not acted in is designed to be the equivalent and the condition
bad faith  The remedy of the party entitled to for the performance by the other of his own
restitution (rescission) is against the other. obligation.
d. In obligations to give subject to a suspensive  Generally, they are to be performed at the same
condition, the retroactivity admits of exceptions time and that each party may treat the fulfillment of
according to whether the obligation is bilateral or what is incumbent upon the other as a suspensive
unilateral. Here, there are no exceptions, whether condition to his obligation, and its non-fulfillment as
the obligation is bilateral or unilateral. an implied resolutory condition, giving him the right
- The reason for the difference is quite plain. The to demand the rescission of the contract.
happening of the suspensive condition gives Example:
birth to the obligation. On the other hand, the In a contract of sale in the absence of any stipulation,
fulfillment of the resolutory condition produces the delivery of the thing sold by the seller is conditioned
the extinguishment of the obligation as though upon the simultaneous payment of the purchase price by
it had never existed. the buyer, and vice versa.
The seller is the creditor as to the price and debtor as to
- The only possible exception is when the
the thing, while the buyer is the creditor as to the thing
intention of the parties is otherwise. and debtor as to the price.
e. If the condition is not fulfilled, the rights acquired by
a party become vested.
b. Non-reciprocal:
Example:
D obliges himself to allow C to use the former’s car until D  These are obligations which do not impose
returns from the province. Upon the return of D from the province, simultaneous and correlative performance on both
C must give back the car. parties.
The effect of the happening of the condition is to annul the
 The performance of one party is not dependent
obligation as if it had never been constituted at all. In this case, upon the simultaneous performance by the other.
the parties intend the return of the car. Examples:
1. D borrowed 50k from C. C, on the other hand, borrowed D’s
car. The performance by D of his obligation to C is not
Effects of fulfillment of resolutory condition in a Personal conditioned upon the performance by C of his obligation and
Obligation (Obligations to do or not to do): vice-versa.
 The courts shall determine (in each case) the retroactive - Although D and C are debtors and creditors of each
other, their obligations are not reciprocal.
effect of the condition that has been complied with.
- The obligation of D arises from the contract of loan,
 The courts in the exercise of discretion may even while the obligation C arises from the contract of
disallow retroactivity taking into account the commodatum.
circumstances of each case. - The obligations are not dependent upon each other
and are not simultaneous. Art. 1191 applies only if the
reciprocity arises from the same cause.
2. The contract between S and B states: “In the event S
Reciprocal Obligations (Rescission) exercises the right to repurchase (land sold by S to B) x x x and
(Art. 1191) becomes the owner of the premises, he shall be obliged to give
B the right of lease and execute a lease contract.”
- Here, no reciprocal obligation is created between them
Kinds of obligation according to the person obliged: for B to reconvey the premises and for S to lease them
1. Unilateral obligations – when only one party is to B.
obliged to comply with the object or Prestation. - There are 2 separate and distinct obligations, each
independent of the other.
Example: - The obligation of B to reconvey is not dependent on
Donation; In a contract of loan, the lender has the the obligation of S to lease. The obligation of S is not
obligation to give, after the lender has complied with his an essential part of the contract.
obligation, the debtor has the obligation to pay. - In other words, the obligation of S to lease the
2. Bilateral Obligation – When both parties are property to B arises only after B had reconveyed the
mutually bound to each other (or both parties are same to S.
debtors and creditors of each other.
Remedy in Reciprocal Obligations:
Kinds of Bilateral Obligations: - Art. 1191 speaks of the right of the “injured party” or
a. Reciprocal: aggrieved party to choose between the 2 remedies:
a. Action for rescission, with the right to claim
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b. Action for specific performance (fulfillment) of the substantial breach, to rescind the contract under Art. 1191.
obligation with the right to claim damages
When a party demands rescission in reciprocal obligations he (in effect)
- Art. 1191 governs where there is non-compliance by one treats the non-fulfillment by the other party of his obligation as a
of the contracting parties with what is incumbent upon resolutory condition.
him in case of reciprocal obligations.
- The choice of granted is predicated on a breach of Breach of obligation on the part of plaintiff:
obligation by the other party that violates the reciprocity 1. Guilty party not entitled to sue:
between them.  Under the rule on the “exceptions of non-performed
o The breach contemplated is the debtor’s failure to contract” (exception non adimpleti contractus)  the
comply with an existing obligation, not a failure of party who has not performed his part of the
a condition to render binding that obligation. agreement is not entitled to sue.
o It would be useless to rescind a contract that is no  Where the plaintiff is the party who did not perform
longer in existence. his part of the undertaking which he has was bound to
- General rule, previous demand by the creditor for the perform by the terms of the contract  he has no
fulfillment of the obligation is necessary before the right to insist upon its performance by the defendant,
debtor can be considered in default. (Art. 1169) or recover damages by reason of his own breach.
o In the absence of demand  the creditor has no 2. Injured party entitled to rescind even in absence of
cause of action as the debtor would not yet be stipulation:
considered in breach of his contractual obligation.  Only the injured can rescind a contract without
violating the principle of mutuality of contracts which
Remedy of rescission: prohibits allowing the validity and performance of
 Art. 1191 is the general provision on rescission of contracts to be left to the will of one of the parties.
reciprocal obligations.  In reciprocal obligations  a party incurs in delay once
 Rescission applicable to reciprocal obligation is different the other party fulfilled his part of the contract.
from rescission for lesion under Art. 1380.  The right to rescind may be exercised by a party even
 When a party asks for the rescission of a contract  he in the absence of any stipulation giving the right
impliedly recognizes its existence. should the other party fail to comply with his
 The effect of rescission is to put an end to the contract in obligation, it being unjust that a party should be held
all its parts as through it never were, bound to fulfill his undertakings when the other
o To rescind is “to declare a construct void in its violates his.
inception and to put an end to it as though it never
were.” Existence of economic prejudice is not required:
o A complaint for the cancellation of the vendee’s  Rescission under Art. 1191 is different from rescission
adverse claim on the vendor’s original certificate of under Art. 1380, because the cause of for rescission in
title and for the refund of the payments made by the the former is breach of contract while in the latter, the
vendee cannot be considered as seeking the cause is economic prejudice or lesion.
rescission of the contract of sale.  The effect of rescission provided in Art. 1191
o In other words, seeking discharge from contractual (resolution) is breach of faith by one of the parties that
obligations and offer for restitution by the vendor is the reciprocity between them.
not the same as abrogation of the contract.  The effect of rescission provided in Art. 1380 is
(Ocampo vs. CA, 233 SCRA 551) predicated on lesion or economic prejudice.
Example:
Effect of rescission under Art. 1191:
In a contract of sale of a car between S and B, it was agreed that S (the
owner) would deliver the car and the necessary document duly signed by 1. Contract abrogated from its inception:
him to B at the house of C on Dec. 1, and B would deliver the payment at - To rescind a contract a contract is to abrogate and
the same place and on the same date. undo it from the beginning, that is to annul the
contract and restore the parties to their original
If S does not comply with his obligation:
a. B may, in an action for specific performance, demand the delivery positions which they would have occupied as if no
of the car with damages; or such contract had ever been made.
b. B may demand from the court the rescission of the contract with - To rescind is to declare a contract void and to
damages.
abrogate it from its inception.
If after the delivery of the car by S, it is B who fails to make good the 2. Mutual restitution of benefits received by each party
price, such failure (in the absence of stipulation that “ownership of the required.
thing shall not pass to the purchaser until he has fully paid the price”) - Rescission requires mutual restitution to bring back
does not cause the ownership to revest to S, unless the bilateral contract
the parties to their original situation or position prior
of sale is first rescinded pursuant to Art. 1191. Non-payment only creates
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- It creates the obligation to return the object of the


contract. Where contract resolved by non-fulfillment or violation of
- It can carried out only when the one who demands resolutory condition:
rescission can return whatever he may obliged to  Where a contract is subject to a resolutory condition
restore. – the non-compliance with the condition resolves
the contract by force of law without need of a
Additional Notes: judicial declaration.
 Obligations arising from a contract of lease being reciprocal in
nature, such obligations are governed by Art. 1191  which Damages recoverable:
declares that in this kind of obligations, the power to rescind it in
 Only those kinds of damages can be awarded that are
case one of the debtors should not fulfill his part is implied.
compatible or consistent with the idea of rescission.
 Art. 1191 does not apply as a remedy to a contract of partnership
 because Art. 1191 refers to resolution of obligations in general,  In the case of the resolution of a contract of sale for failure
whereas Arts. 1786 and 1788 refer to the contract of partnership in of the purchaser to pay the stipulated price  the seller is
particular. entitled to be restored to the possession of the thing sold
 Art. 1191 does not apply to a deed of sale with a mortgage to with its fruits, if it has already been delivered.
secure payment of the balance of the purchase price.  The o If he selects specific performance  he is entitled to
payment on an installment basis secured by the execution of the the price with interest if it has not yet been paid.
mortgage took the place of cash payment. In other words, the o The seller cannot choose both.
relationship between the parties is no longer one of buyer and
 In the case of rescission for non-delivery of the thing sold
seller because the contract of sale has been perfected and
consummate.
 the purchaser is entitled to interest on the amount he
o The remedy of rescission is not a principal action has paid.
retaliatory in character but becomes a subsidiary one  Where the conditional obligation is deemed not to have
which by law is available only in the absence of any existed by reason of the nonfulfillment of the suspensive
other legal remedy. (Art.1384) condition  the award for damages under Art. 1191 is
 Art. 1191 applies to contract with payment of liquidated damages unwarranted or baseless or non-valid.
 an injured party could choose between requiring specific
performance of the obligation or its revision with indemnity for Limitations on the right to demand rescission (When
losses and payment of interest.
rescission under Art. 1191 cannot be demanded):
 A contract of insurance creates reciprocal obligations for both
1. Resort to the courts:
insurer and insured.  Reciprocal obligations are those which
arise from the same cause and in which arise from the same cause  Rescission under Art. 1191 is a judicial rescission.
and in which each party is both a debtor and a creditor of the  The injured party has to resort to the courts to
other, such that the obligation of one is dependent upon the assert his rights judicially because (Art. 1191, par. 3)
obligation of the other. states that “… the court shall decree the rescission
o The law governing reciprocal obligations os Art. 1191 demanded, unless there be a just cause authorizing
(especially its 2nd paragraph) the fixing of a period.”
 No person can take justice in his own hands and
Court may grant the guilty party term for performance: decide by himself what are his rights in the matter.
 General Rule: The court shall decree the rescission a. A counterclaim or a cross-claim found in the Answer-
claimed unless there should be just cause for granting the affidavit could constitute a judicial demand for rescission
party in default a term for the performance of his that satisfies the requirement of the law.
obligation. (Art. 1191, par. 3) b. The other party must be given an opportunity to be heard.
 Exception: “unless there should be just cause for granting But if such other party does not oppose the extrajudicial
the party in default a term for the performance of his rescission, the same produces legal effects.
c. Proof of violation by a party of the contract is a condition
obligation”  this exception applies only where the guilty
precedent to resolution or rescission. It is only when the
party is willing to comply with his obligation but needs violation has been established that the contract can be
time to do so and not where he refuses to perform. declared resolved or rescinded.
d. The law does not require the injured party to first file suit
Remedies are alternative: and wait for a judgment before taking extrajudicial steps
 The injured or aggrieved party is privileged to choose only to protect his interest, otherwise, he will have to passively
one of the remedies (and not both) subject only to the sit and watch his damages accumulate during the
exception in paragraph 2, Art. 1191; “A party may seek pendency of the suit until final judgment of rescission is
rescission even after he has chosen fulfillment of the rendered when the law itself requires that he should
exercise due diligence to minimize his own damages.
obligation if the latter should become impossible.
However, after choosing rescission of the obligation, he
cannot thereafter demand its compliance nor seek partial 2. Power of court to fix period:
fulfillment .  Courts have power to allow a period within which a
person in default may be permitted to perform his

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obligation if there is a just cause for giving time to slight delay on one party in the performance his obligation is
the debtor, as where the default incurred was not not a sufficient ground for rescission of the agreement.
willful or could be excused in view of the c. The buyer had already paid the sum of P12,500.00 of the
surrounding circumstances, or the breach is not total P18,000.00 purchased price and had tendered
payment of the balance of P5,500.00 within the grace
substantial.
period  the buyer was given an additional period to
 In the absence of any just cause for the court to complete payment of the purchase price as a matter of
determine the period of compliance  the court equity and justice. (Taguba vs. Vda. De Leon, 132 SCRA 722)
shall decree the rescission. d. The failure of the vendee to pay the balance of the purchase
price within 10 years from the execution of the deed of sale
3. Compliance by aggrieved party with his obligation: does not amount to a substantial breach where it is
 A party to a contract cannot demand performance stipulated in the contract that payment can be made even
of the other party’s obligation unless he is in a after 10 years provided the vendee paid 12% interest. (Vda.
position to comply with his own obligations. De Mistica vs. Nagiuat, 418 SCRA 73)
 The right to rescind a contract can be demanded
only if a party thereto is ready, willing, and able to 6. Waiver of right to demand rescission:
comply with his own obligations thereunder. a. The acceptance by the seller of the land sold as a
security for the balance of the price is an implied
4. Right of third person: waiver of the right to rescind in case of non-
payment by the buyer. His remedy is to recover
 Rescission is not available as a remedy if the thing
the balance.
(which is the subject matter of the obligation) is in
b. Where the seller (instead of availing the right to
the hands of a third person. (Art. 1385, 1388)
rescind) has accepted delayed payments of
 The remedy of the injured party is to file an action
installments posterior to the grace periods
for damages against the person responsible for the
provided in the contract  the seller is deemed to
transfer.
have waived and is estopped from exercising the
right to rescind normally conferred by Art. 1911.
5. Slight or substantial violation:
c. If the right to rescind may be waived  the right
 Generally, Rescission will not be granted for slight
to impugn rescission may be lost on the ground of
or casual breaches of contract.
estoppel.
o The violation should be substantial and
fundamental as to defeat the objet of the
7. Contract to sell vs. contract of sale:  the breach
parties in making the agreement.
Contract to sell:
contemplated in Art. 1191 is the debtor’s failure to
 In contracts to sell, where ownership is retained by the seller and comply with an obligation already existing and not a
is not to pass the full payment of the price  such payment is a failure of a condition to render binding that obligation.
positive suspensive condition  the failure of which is not a Contract to Sell Contract of Sale
breach, casual, or serious but simply an event that prevents the
The payment of the purchase The non-payment of the
obligation of the vendor to convey title from acquiring binding
force. price is a positive suspensive price is a resolutory
 The breach contemplated in Art. 1191 is that of an obligation condition  the failure of condition which extinguishes
already existing, not the failure of a condition that prevents that which is not a breach, casual the transaction that for a
obligation to become binding. Cancellation (not rescission) of the or serious, but a situation time existed and discharges
contract to sell is the correct remedy. that prevents the obligation the obligations created
 Since Art. 1191 does not apply to contracts to Buy and Sell in of the vender to convey title thereunder.
case of non-fulfillment of the suspensive condition of full from acquiring an obligatory
payment of the purchase price, cancellation (not rescission) of force.
the contract is the correct remedy. The title remains with the The remedy of the unpaid
vendor and does not pass on seller is to seek either
 Question of whether a breach is slight or substantial to the vendee until the full specific performance or
depends on the attending circumstances and not on the payment of the purchase rescission.
percentage of the amount paid: price.
Instances:
a. Delay in the payment for a small quantity of molasses for 8. Sales of real property and of personal property in
some 20 days was not a violation of an essential condition installments:
of the contract would warrant rescission for non-  In sales of real property, Art. 1592 2 (impliedly
performance nor are delays on 4 occasions in the payment amended by RA 6552) governs the exercise of the
of rentals for a few days substantial breaches in a contract
right of rescission.
of lease because the law is concerned with trifles. (Song Fo
vs. Hawaiian Phil., 47 Phil 821; FilOil Refinery vs. Mendoza,
150 SCRA 632)
b. When time is not of the essence to the agreement  a 2 See Arts. 1593-1593, NCC
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o Art. 1191 is subordinated to the provision of


Art. 1592 which speaks of non-payment of What is a compromise agreement?
the purchase price as a resolutory condition, - It is an agreement between two or more persons
when applied to sales of immovable property. who, for preventing or putting an end to a lawsuit,
 With respect to the sales of personal property on adjust their respective positions by mutual consent
Installments  Arts. 1484 – 1486 are applicable. in the way they feel they can live with.

9. Judicial compromise: Action for rescission is not required upon breach of


 Art. 1191 applies only to reciprocal obligations in compromise agreement:
general and not to obligations arising from a judicial  The party aggrieved by the breach of a compromise
compromise. agreement may, enforce or, bring the suit
a. Judgment upon agreement of the parties is contemplated or involved in his original demand (as if
more than a mere contract binding upon them. there had never been any compromise agreement)
Having the sanction of the court and entered as without bringing an action for rescission thereof.
its determination of a controversy it has the
force and effect of any judgment.
b. The rule is that a judgment rendered in When both parties are guilty of breach of obligation
accordance with a compromise agreement is (Art. 1192)
immediately executory as there is not appeal
from such judgment. Two instances of Art. 1192:
a. First infractor known:
10. Arbitration clause in contract: - One party violated his obligation and, subsequently,
 The right to demand rescission cannot be exercised the other party also violated his part thereof.
where there is a valid stipulation on arbitration. - In this case  the liability of the first infractor should
 Neither of the parties can unilaterally treat the be equitably reduced.
contract as rescinded where an arbitration clause in o The second infractor is not liable for damages at
a contract is availing since whatever infractions or all because the demages for the second breach is
breaches by a party or differences arising from the mitigated by the first infractor’s liability arose
contract must be brought first and resolved by from the earlier breach.
arbitration, and not through an extrajudicial b. First infractor is unknown or cannot be determined:
rescission or judicial action. - One party violated his obligation followed by the
other, but it cannot be determined which of them
was the first infractor.
- The rule is that the contract shall be extinguished
Rescission of contract without previous judicial decree: and each shall bear his own damages. The court
1. Where automatic rescission expressly stipulated: shall not provide remedy to either of the parties.
 Parties may validly enter into an agreement that
violation of the terms of the contract would cause
cancellation thereof even without judicial Sec. 2 – OBLIGATION WITH A PERIOD
intervention or permission or termination. (Arts. 1193 to 1198)
 This stipulation is in the nature of a resolutory
condition. Concept
 Nothing in Art. 1191 which prohibits the parties (Art. 1193)
from entering into such stipulation providing the
unilateral rescission of their contracts, which is in Obligation with a period – one whose consequences are
the nature of a facultative resolutory condition. subjected in one way or another to the expiration of said
2. Where contract still executory: period or term.
 Absence of stipulation to the contrary, the right to
rescind a contract must be invoked judicially  it Period or Term – a future and certain event upon the arrival
cannot be exercised solely on a party’s own of which the obligation subject to it either arises or is
judgment that the other has committed a breach of terminated.
the obligation.
 Although there is no performance yet by both Period Condition
parties  the willing pay may (by his own Fulfillment Future and certain Future and
declaration) rescind the contract without a event uncertain event
previous judicial decree of rescission. Time Future only Past and future

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event Example:
D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
Influence on Mere fixes the time Cause an obligation property. The car was lost without the fault of D.
the obligation for the to arise or
efficaciousness of extinguish The obligation is extinguished and D is not liable to C even if C sells
the property. A person (as a general rule) is not liable for a
the obligations.
fortuitous event.
Effect (when Empowers the court Invalidates the
left to the to fix the duration obligation
2. If the thing is lost through the fault of the debtor:
debtor’s will) thereof
 The debtor is obliged to pay damages;
Retroactivity No retroactive There is a Example:
effect unless retroactive effect D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
stipulated in the property. The car was lost through the negligence of D, C is entitled
agreement to demand damages. (ex. 100k plus incidental damages, if any).

3. When the thing deteriorates without the fault of the


Kinds of Terms or Period:
debtor:
a. According to effect:
 The impairment is to be borne by the creditor.
Ex die (from a day certain) In diem (to a day certain) Example:
Suspensive period Resolutory period D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
The obligation begins only The obligation is valid up to a property. If the car figured in an accident, as a result of which, its
from a day certain upon the day certain and terminates windshield was broken and some of its paints were scratched
away without the fault of D (thereby reducing its value to 80k). C
arrival of the period. upon the arrival of the will have to suffer the deterioration of impairment in the amount of
period. 20k.
Examples: Examples:
1. “I will pay you 4k, 30 1. “I will give you 1k a month
days from today” until the end of the year” 4. When the thing deteriorate through the fault of the
2. “I will support you from 2. “I will support you until you debtor;
the time your father finish your college”  The creditor may choose between the rescission of the
dies” obligation or its fulfillment, with indemnity for
b. According to Source: damages.
When the term or period is provided by Example:
Legal period D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
law:
property. If the car figured in an accident, as a result of which, its
Conventional or When the term or period is agreed both windshield was broken and some of its paints were scratched
voluntary period by the parties away through the fault of D (thereby reducing its value to 80k). In
When the term or period is fixed by the this case, C may choose between the following:
Judicial period c. Rescission (or cancellation) of the obligation with damages:
court. (D is liable to pay 100k (the value of the car before it was
deteriorated) plus incidental damages) or
c. According to definiteness: d. Have D fulfill the obligation plus damages: (D is bound to
When the term or period is fixed or give the car and pay 20k to C plus incidental damages)
Definite Period
known when it will come.
When the term or period is not fixed or 5. If the thing is improved by its nature or by time:
known to come.  The improvement shall inure to the benefit of the
Indefinite Period However, if the period is not fixed but it creditor.
is intended, the courts are empowered Example:
D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s
by law to fix the period. property. Supposed the market value of the car increased, who
gets the benefit?

The improvement shall inure to the benefit of C. In as much as C


Rules in case of loss, deterioration or improvement
would suffer in case of deterioration of the car through a
Before arrival of a Period or Term fortuitous event, it is but fair that he should be compensated,
(Art. 1194) incase of improvements of the car instead.

Effect of loss, deterioration, or improvement before the 6. If the thing is improved at the expense of the debtor:
arrival of period:  The debtor shall have no other right than that granted
- The rules in Art. 1189 shall govern. to the usufructuary.
1. If the thing is lost without the fault of the debtor: Example:
D obliged himself to give C his car worth 100k if C sells D’s property.
 The obligation shall be extinguished.
During the pendency of the condition, D had the car painted and its
 The debtor is not liable even if it is a fortuitous event. seat cover changed at his expense.

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 The term is for the exclusive benefit of the


In this case, D will have the right granted to a usufructuary with debtor, who may therefore pay in advance of
respect to the improvements made on the thing held in usufruct.
the period.
Usufruct:
o If the loan has stipulated interest:
 Usufruct gives a right to enjoy the property of another with the obligation  The term or period is for the benefit of both
of preserving its form and substance, unless the title constituting it or the parties, and the debtor cannot pay in advance
law otherwise provides. (Art. 562, NCC) against the will of the creditor (unless he pays)
 The usufructuary may make on the property held in usufruct such useful
the full interest for the period agreed upon.
improvements or expenses for mere pleasure as he may deem proper,
provided he does not alter its form or substance; but he shall have no right
to be indemnified therefore. He may, however, remove such Waiver by Creditor:
improvements, should it be possible to do so without damage to the  The acceptance of the partial payment in the mortgage
property. (Art. 579, NCC)
contract where it was provided that the debtor cannot
 The usufructuary may set off the improvements he may have made on the
property against any damage to the same. (Art. 560, NCC)
pay the principal before the expiration of the period of
2 years therein stipulated was a waiver by the creditor
of the aforesaid term of 2 years.
Payment before the arrival of a period
(Art. 1195)  It was a relinquishment of his right to refuse any
payment before the expiration of said term.
In favor of Debtor:
Payment before the arrival of a period:
 A stipulation that the payment is to be made “within”
 Art. 1195 is similar to Art. 1188, par. 2 which allows the
the stipulated period is for the benefit of the debtor.
recovery of what has been paid by mistake before the
fulfillment of a suspensive condition.  Therefore, although the creditor cannot enforce or
demand payment before the period fixed, the debtor
 The creditor cannot unjustly enrich himself by retaining
may waive the period and pay in advance.
the thing or money received before the arrival of the
period.

No recovery in personal obligation: When to obligation does not fix a period


(Art. 1197)
 Art. 1195 does not apply to obligations to do or not to do
because it is physically impossible to recover the service
rendered and/or cannot recover what he has not done.

Benefit of a Term or Period


(Art. 1196)

Provision:
 Whenever in an obligation a period is designated, it is
presumed to have been established for the benefit of
both the creditor and debtor, unless from the tenor of
the same or other circumstances it should never
appear that the period has been established in favor of
one of the other.

Benefit of Term or Period:


 If the term or period is for the benefit of both parties –
the creditor cannot demand payment and the debtor
cannot make an effective tender and consignation of
payment, before the stipulated period.
 If the term or period is for the benefit of the creditor only
– he may demand performance at any time but the
debtor cannot compel him to accept payment before
the period expires.
 If the term or period is for the benefit of the debtor only –
he may oppose a premature demand for payment but
may validly pay at any time before the period expires.
Illustration:
- In a contract of loan:
o If the loan is gratuitous or without interest:
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When obligation can be


demanded before lapse of period
(Art. 1198)

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Sec. 3 – ALTERNATIVE OBLIGATIONS


(Arts. 1199 to 1206)

Concept:
(Art. 1199)

Kinds of obligation according to object:


1. Simple Obligation – when there is only one prestation.
(Ex. S obliged himself to deliver a piano to B, or S
promised to repair the car of A)
2. Compound Obligation – when there are two or more
prestations which may be under any of these:
a. Conjunctive – there are several prestations which
are all due; or
b. Distributive – there are several obligations and
only one or two is due.

What is an Alternative Obligation?


- Refers to an obligation where various prestations are
due but the performance of one is sufficiently
determined by the choice of the debtor.
Example:
D borrowed 10k from C. It was agreed that D could comply
with his obligation by giving C 10k, or a 45-inch TV, or he
can paint the house of C.

 The delivery of the 10k, or a 45-inch TV, or the


painting of the house of C, is sufficient to comply with
the obligation.
 Performance must be complete. C cannot be
compelled to accept, for instance, 5k and half of the
TV, thereby establishing co-ownership between them.

What is a Facultative Obligation? (Art. 1206)


- It is an obligation where there is only one prestation
has been agreed upon but the debtor may render
another prestation as substitute.
Examples:
a. “I will give you my piano but I may give you my
45-inch TV set as a substitute”
b. “I will mortgage my land to secure my debt which
shall be payable within 90 days upon my failure
to pay my debt within 30 days.”

Rule on the Right of Choice


(Art. 1200)

Right of choice:
Gen. Rule: The right to choose the prestation belongs to the
debtor.
Exceptions:
 The creditor may exercise the right to choose if it was
expressly granted to him; (Art. 1205) or
 A third person may exercise his right to choose when it is
given to him by common agreement. (Art. 1306)
Examples:

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1. D insured his house with R (insurance company). It is  If only one prestation is practicable – the obligation
agreed that, if the house is destroyed or damaged, R is converted into a simple one.
may either pay the damage or loss or “reinstate or
rebuild the house.” [Since nothing is said in the contract
as to who has the right of choice, it belongs to R, as When debtor may rescind contract
debtor.] (Art. 1203)
2. S binds himself to deliver item one or two to B on Nov.
10 and to communicate his choice on or before Nov. 5. When debtor may rescind contract:
[If S delays in the making f his selection, B cannot  If through the creditor’s acts the debtor cannot
exercise the right because it is not expressly granted to make a choice according to the terms of the
him. But judgment in the alternative cannot be defeated obligation, the latter may rescind the contract with
by S by refusing to make a choice. In such case, the court damages.
can give the right of choice to B.]  The right given to the debtor to rescind the contract
and recover damages if, through the creditor’s fault,
Limitations to the Right of choice of the debtor: he cannot make a choice according to the terms of
1. The debtor cannot choose those prestations which the obligation.
are impossible, unlawful, or those are not the object o The debtor, however, is not bound to
of the obligation as these prestations are void. rescind.
Under. Art. 1200, the debtor’s right to choose is
limited only to the remaining valid prestations. Effect of loss or Becoming impossible of objects of
2. Debtor has no right of choice when among the obligation (Debtor’s Fault)
prestations whereby he is alternatively bound, only (Art. 1204)
one is practicable. The obligation becomes simple.
3. The debtor cannot choose part of one prestation Effect of loss or becoming impossible of objects of
and part of another prestation. obligation due to the fault of the debtor:
Some of the objects are loss All of the objects are loss or
or becomes impossible become impossible
Communication of notice The debtor is not liable The creditor shall have right
that choice has been made: because he still have the to indemnity for damages.
(Art. 1201) right of choice among the If the lost was due to a
remaining options and the fortuitous event, the
Effect of Notice: obligation can still be obligation is extinguished.
 Until the choice is made and communicated, the performed.
obligation remains alternative.
o Once the notice of choice has been given to Basis for indemnity:
the creditor  the obligation becomes simple.  It shall be the value of the last thing which
o Once the choice is properly made and disappeared (real obligations) or that of the service
communicated  It is irrevocable and it which last became impossible (personal obligations)
cannot be renounced.  In case of a disagreement  it is incumbent on the
o When the choice has been expressly given to creditor to prove such value.
the creditor  the choice shall produce legal  Other damages may also be awarded
effects upon being communicated to the
debtor.
Right of choice belongs to the Creditor
Proof and form of notice: (Art. 1205)
 The law does not require any particular form regarding
the giving of notice. Art. 1205, par. 01:
 It may be orally or in writing (express or implied) - “When the choice has been expressly given to the
creditor, the obligation shall cease to be alternative
Burden of Proof: from the day when the selection has been
 He who made the choice has the burden of proving communicated to the debtor.
such communication has been made. Rules in case of loss before the creditor has made a choice:
Effect when only one prestation is practicable: 1. If one of the things is lost through a fortuitous event:
(Art. 1202) - The debtor shall perform the obligation by delivering
that which the creditor should choose from among the
Effect when only one prestation is practicable: remaining, or that which remains if only one subsists;

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sufficient. substitute another.


2. If the loss of one of the thing occurs through the fault Right of choice may Right to make the
of the debtor: Right of be given to the substitution only
- The creditor may claim any of those subsisting, or the choice creditor or third belongs to the
price of that which, through the fault of the debtor, person debtor.
has disappeared, with a right to damages; Loss Loss of one or more The loss of the thing
through of the alternatives due extinguishes the
3. If all of the things are lost through the fault of the fortuitous does not extinguish obligation.
debtor event the obligation
- The choice by the creditor shall fall upon the price of The loss of one of Loss of the thing due
any one of them, also with indemnity for damages. the alternatives due through debtor’s
to debtor’s fault does fault renders him
Facultative Obligation and not render lime liable liable.
Effect of loss intended as a substitute Loss
Where the choice Loss of the substitute
(Art. 1206) through the
belongs to the before the
fault of
creditor, the loss of substitution through
What is a Facultative Obligation? (Art. 1206) debtor
one alternative debtor’s fault does
- It is an obligation where there is only one prestation through debtor’s not render him liable.
has been agreed upon but the debtor may render fault gives rise to
another prestation as substitute. liability
Examples: Nullity of a The nullity of the
c. “I will give you my piano but I may give you my prestation does not prestation agreed
45-inch TV set as a substitute” invalidate the others upon invalidates the
d. “I will mortgage my land to secure my debt which Nullity of obligation
shall be payable within 90 days upon my failure prestation The debtor or The debtor is not
to pay my debt within 30 days.” creditor shall choose bound to choose the
from among the substitute.
Effect of loss remainder
1. Loss before substitution:
 If the principal thing is lost through a fortuitous
event  the obligation is extinguished.
 If the principal thing is lost through the fault of the
debtor  debtor is liable for damages
 If the thing intended to be a substitute is loss
before the loss of the principal thing  the debtor
is not liable regardless whether or not it is at his
fault. Rationale? The thing intended as a substitute
is not due.

2. Loss after substitution:


 If the principal thing is lost  the debtor is not
liable whatever may be the cause of the loss
because it is no longer due.
 If the substitute is lost, the liability of the debtor
depends upon whether or not the loss is due
through his fault.
 Once the substitute is made, the obligation is
converted in a simple one to deliver or perform the
substituted thing or prestation.

Difference between Alternative and Facultative


Obligations:
Alternative Facultative
Several prestations Only one prestation
# of
are due but is due although the
prestations
compliance of one is debtor is allowed to

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