Supreme Court Affirms RTC Ruling Ordering
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN
A farmer in Villasis, Pangasinan did not live long enough to see that justice is done for the losses he incurred when his tractor was hit by a speeding passenger bus in 1990, but the Supreme Court still rendered justice to the heirs of the late Sinforoso Macalinao with a ruling affirming the award of damages.
Through Justice Angelina Sandoval Gutierrez, the High Court directed the regional trial court (RTC) to enforce its decision ordering the Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines Inc. to pay the heirs of Macalinao P72,000 for the damaged tractor and P10,000 for lawyers fees.
The High Court said that Macalinaos case should not have been elevated to it on appeal because the issues raised by the bus company did not involve questions of law.
"In fine, let it be stressed upon the parties that the Supreme Court is not a tryer of facts," it said.
"It is only when the findings of a trial court are grounded entirely on speculation, surmises, or conjectures; when a lower courts inference from its factual findings is manifestly mistaken, absurd, or impossible; when there is grave abuse of discretion in the appreciation of facts; when the findings of the appellate court go behind the issues of the case, run contrary to the admissions of the parties to the case, or fail to notice certain relevant facts which, if properly considered, will justify a different conclusion; when there is misappreciation of facts; or when the findings of facts are conclusions without mention of the specific evidence on which they are based, are premised on the absence of evidence or contradicted by the evidence on record" can there be exceptions that only questions of law may be raised before the Supreme Court," it said.
In Macalinaos case, no exception was found to warrant its elevation to the Supreme Court, it added. …