Thereafter, an exchange of correspondence ensued between petitioners and respondents regarding the projected sale of the Phimco shares. As it is now, there is no schedule yet of the boats plying between Manila and Pto. (1a) The same piece of land purchased by Cecilio would, however, become the subject of protracted litigation thirty-nine years after his death. No. The case is ordered REMANDED to the trial court for further proceedings with respect to the cause of action for damages as above specified. Art.           Plaintiff duly appealed to this Court. (n) Article 2. 3. 1403. Petitioners added that respondents cause of action, if any, was barred by the Statute of Frauds since there was no written instrument or document evidencing the alleged sale of the Phimco shares to respondents. WHEREFORE, the petition is in part GRANTED. All these incidents, according to respondents, overwhelmingly prove that the contract of sale of the Phimco shares was perfected. SMNV initiated steps to sell the worldwide match and lighter businesses while retaining for itself the shaving business. They point out that there was no meeting of the minds on the essential terms and conditions of the sale because SMAB did not accept respondents offer that consideration would be paid in Philippine pesos. He said, however, that they would be able to finalize their bid on 17 July 1990 and that in case their bid would turn out better than any other proponent, they would remit payment within ten (10) days from the execution of the contracts.10, Enriquez sent notice to Litonjua that they would be constrained to entertain bids from other parties in view of Litonjuas failure to make a firm commitment for the shares of Swedish Match in Phimco by 30 June 1990.11, In a letter dated 3 July 1990, Rossi informed Litonjua that on 2 July 1990, they signed a conditional contract with a local group for the disposal of Phimco. 3. 3. The Statute of Frauds embodied in Article 1403, paragraph (2), of the Civil Code 22 requires certain contracts enumerated therein to be evidenced by some note or memorandum in order to be enforceable. The appellate court concluded that the letters exchanged by and between the parties, taken together, were sufficient to establish that an agreement to sell the disputed shares to respondents was reached. The following must appear in a public document: (1) Acts and contracts which have for their object the creation, transmission, modification or extinguishment of real rights over immovable property; sales of real property or of an interest therein a governed by Articles 1403, No. The Statute, however, simply provides the method by which the contracts enumerated therein may be proved but does not declare them invalid because they are not reduced to writing. Hence, if the parties permit a contract to be proved, without any objection, it is then just as binding as if the Statute has been complied with.26, The purpose of the Statute is to prevent fraud and perjury in the enforcement of obligations depending for their evidence on the unassisted memory of witnesses, by requiring certain enumerated contracts and transactions to be evidenced by a writing signed by the party to be charged.27, However, for a note or memorandum to satisfy the Statute, it must be complete in itself and cannot rest partly in writing and partly in parol. 818 (2002); Londres v. Court of Appeals, G.R. Section 1. JOSE L. ESPINO, defendant-appellee. MAIN INDEX: Preliminary Title Articles 1-36: Book One Articles 37-413: Book Two Articles 414-711: Book Three Articles 712-1155: Book Four Articles 1156-2270: Read the full text of the Civil Code …           These allegations and documents notwithstanding, the Court below dismissed the complaint on the ground that there being no written contract, under Article 1403 of the Civil Code of the Philippines ,           Although the contract is valid in itself, the same can not be enforced by virtue of the Statute of Frauds. Dizon, Makalintal, Bengzon, J.P., Zaldivar, Sanchez, Castro, Angeles and Fernando, JJ., concur. Respondents. Contracts infringing the Statute of Frauds, referred to in No. Respondents also asked that petitioners be ordered to execute all documents or instruments and perform all acts necessary to consummate the sales agreement in their favor. CHAPTER 1 General Provisions. In the instant case, respondents failed to prove that there was partial performance of the contract within the purview of the Statute. On 14 December 1990, respondents, as plaintiffs, filed before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Pasig a complaint for specific performance with damages, with a prayer for the issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction, against defendants, now petitioners.           In the case at bar, the complaint in its paragraph 3 pleads that the deal had been closed by letter and telegram" (Record on Appeal, p. 2), and the letter referred to was evidently the one copy of which was appended as Exhibit A to plaintiff's opposition to the motion dismiss. Read Title XII. ), Inc. A qualified acceptance constitutes a counter-offer.41, Quite obviously, Litonjuas letter dated 21 May 1990, proposing the acquisition of the Phimco shares for US$36 million was merely an offer. Article 1106.           Defendant filed a motion to dismiss upon the ground that the complaint stated no cause of action, and that the plaintiff's claim upon which the action was founded was unenforceable under the Statute of Frauds. Requisites of Marriage Article 1. Unfair competition in agricultural, commercial or industrial enterprises or in labor through the use of force, intimidation, deceit, machination or any other unjust, oppressive or highhanded method shall give rise to a right of action by the person who thereby suffers damage. 167 (2000); Katipunan v. Katipunan, Jr., 425 Phil. Autonomy- such stipulations, clauses, terms and conditions are established by the contracting parties as they may deem convenient, provided they are not contrary to law, morals, good customs, public order, or public policy. 386. 448. The lack of a definite offer on the part of respondents could not possibly serve as the basis of their claim that the sale of the Phimco shares in their favor was perfected, for one essential element of a contract of sale was obviously wantingthe price certain in money or its equivalent. 120747, September 21, 2000, 340 SCRA 720. provided.           Appeal from an order of the Court of First Instance of Palawan in its Civil Case No. Article 1. TITLE V PRESCRIPTION. 2 of Article 1403, are ratified by the failure to object to the presentation of oral evidence to prove the same, or by the acceptance of benefit under them. They averred that petitioners agreed to be bound by the results of the audit and offered to reimburse the costs thereof to the extent of US$20,000.00. Obligatory - the force of lawbetween the contracting parties compel them to perform under the threat of civil action or lawsuit. CHAPTER 409.           Defendant-appellee argues that the authenticity of the letters has not been established. This Code shall take effect one year after such publication. (1) Acts and contracts which have for their object the creation, transmission, modification or extinguishment of real rights over immovable property; sales of real property or of an interest therein a governed by Articles 1403, No. In its Order dated 17 April 1991, the RTC dismissed respondents complaint.19 It ruled that there was no perfected contract of sale between petitioners and respondents. Respondents insist that even on the assumption that the Statute of Frauds is applicable in this case, the trial court erred in dismissing the complaint altogether. A close examination of the complaint reveals that it alleges two distinct causes of action, the first is for specific performance53 premised on the existence of the contract of sale, while the other is solely for damages, predicated on the purported dilatory maneuvers executed by the Phimco management.54, With respect to the first cause of action for specific performance, apart from petitioners alleged refusal to honor the contract of salewhich has never been perfected in the first placerespondents made a number of averments in their complaint all in support of said cause of action. 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES. Title XII. Rep. 698(1923); Williams v. Morris, 95 U.S. 360 (1877). He stressed that they were firmly committed to their bid of US$36 million and if ever there would be adjustments in the bid amount, the adjustments were brought about by SMABs subsequent disclosures and validated accounts, such as the aspect that only ninety-six percent (96%) of Phimco shares was actually being sold and not one-hundred percent (100%).13, More than two months from receipt of Litonjuas last letter, Enriquez sent a fax communication to the former, advising him that the proposed sale of SMABs shares in Phimco with local buyers did not materialize. No. Assembly Bill No. 19-20) , 106 GonzagaSt. Respondents plea of partial performance should likewise fail. Respondents added that in compliance with their obligations under the contract, they have submitted a comfort letter from UCPB to show petitioners that the bank was willing to finance the acquisition of the Phimco shares.21. STORA, however, retained for itself the packaging business. SMNV adopted a two-pronged strategy, the first being to sell its shares in Phimco Industries, Inc. and a match company in Brazil, which proposed sale would stave-off defaults in the loan covenants of SMNV with its syndicate of lenders. So ordered. They point out that the complaint presents several causes of action. The last paragraph of Article 7 of the Civil Code, embodies the heirarchy of laws; " the Constitution, laws, administrive or executive acts, order, and resolutions. In other words, sale of real property must be evidenced by a written document as an oral sale of immovable property is unenforceable. Article 13 has been superseded by Executive Order No. 2, and 1405; 2, pp. Even if we were to consider the letters between the parties as a sufficient memorandum for purposes of taking the case out of the operation of the Statute the action for specific performance would still fail. Article 1. (1709a) Article 1869. … That is not necessary for the purpose of showing prima facie that the contract is enforceable. 31. The term "Statute of Frauds" is descriptive of statutes which require certain classes of contracts to be in writing. The Statute does not deprive the parties of the right to contract with respect to the matters therein involved, but merely regulates the formalities. Assuming that respondents bid was favored by an oral acceptance made in private by officers of SMAB, the trial court noted, such acceptance was merely preparatory to a formal acceptance by the SMABthe acceptance that would eventually lead to the execution and signing of the contract of sale. This letter, transcribed above in part, together with that one marked as Appendix B, constitute an adequate memorandum of the transaction. In fact, Litonjua was supposed to indicate in his final offer how and where payment for the shares was planned to be made.30, Evidently, the trial courts dismissal of the complaint on the ground of unenforceability under the Statute of Frauds is warranted.31. Legal Periods. This Code shall take effect one year after such publication. The Code Commission completed the final draft of the new Civil Code by December 1947, and this was submitted to Congress, which enacted it into law through Republic Act No. The offer must be certain and the acceptance absolute. This Code shall take effect one year after such publication. The acquisition audit and submission of a comfort letter, even if considered together, failed to prove the perfection of the contract. However, Rossi made it clear that at the completion of the due diligence process, ALS should submit its final offer in US dollar terms not later than 30 June 1990, for the shares of SMAB corresponding to ninety-six percent (96%) of the Match and Forestry activities of Phimco. In the following cases an agreement hereafter made shall be unenforceable by action, unless the same, or some note or memorandum thereof, be in writing, and subscribed by the party charged, or by his agent; evidence, therefore, of the agreement cannot be received without the writing, or a secondary evidence of its contents: (e) An agreement for the leasing for a longer period than one year, or for the sale of real property or of an interest therein.1äwphï1.ñët. (32a) Article 43. 19 The dispositive portion of the trial courts decision reads: "WHEREFORE, in view of all the foregoing considerations, this Court gives due course to defendants (except Rene Dizon) affirmative defense of bar by the statute of frauds. 17 See Respondents’ Comment, pp. Respondents appealed to the Court of Appeals, assigning the following errors: A. He emphasized that the new offer constituted an attempt to reopen the already perfected contract of sale of the shares in his favor. Judicial decisions applying or interpreting the laws or the Constitution shall form a part of the legal system of the Philippines. These contracts are enumerated under Chapter 8, Articles 1403 paragraph (2) of the Civil Code of the Philippines. He indicated that SMAB would be prepared to negotiate with ALS on an exclusive basis for a period of fifteen (15) days from 26 September 1990 subject to the terms contained in the letter. 453, granting a motion to dismiss the complaint. He pointed out that in their 4 June 1990 meeting, he was advised that one final bidder would be selected from among the four contending groups as of that date and that the decision would be made by 6 June 1990. The basic issues to be resolved are: (1) whether the appellate court erred in reversing the trial courts decision dismissing the complaint for being unenforceable under the Statute of Frauds; and (2) whether there was a perfected contract of sale between petitioners and respondents with respect to the Phimco shares. A contract is defined as a juridical convention manifested in legal form, by virtue of which one or more persons bind themselves in favor of another, or others, or reciprocally, to the fulfillment of a prestation to give, to do, or not to do.32 There can be no contract unless the following requisites concur: (a) consent of the contracting parties; (b) object certain which is the subject matter of the contract; (c) cause of the obligation which is established.33 Contracts are perfected by mere consent, which is manifested by the meeting of the offer and the acceptance upon the thing and the cause which are to constitute the contract.34, Specifically, in the case of a contract of sale, required is the concurrence of three elements, to wit: (a) consent or meeting of the minds, that is, consent to transfer ownership in exchange for the price; (b) determinate subject matter, and (c) price certain in money or its equivalent.35 Such contract is born from the moment there is a meeting of minds upon the thing which is the object of the contract and upon the price.36, In general, contracts undergo three distinct stages, to wit: negotiation; perfection or birth; and consummation. 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