In Tatad v. Secretary of the Department of Energy, we clarified that the Constitution does not prohibit the operation of monopolies per se. Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Thus, the challenge by a public official interested only in the performance of his official duty will not be entertained. The Court's original and concurrent jurisdiction. The site contains access to Philippine Supreme Court decisions, information about the structure, makeup, and organization of the Philippine court system, and access to information on lower Philippine courts, such as the Court of Appeals and the Sandiganbayan Court. This application is expressly authorized by the text of the second paragraph of Section 1, supra. Simple theme. 230651, September 18, 2018; Ifurung v. Carpio-Morales, G.R. The doctrine of hierarchy of courts recognizes the various levels of courts in the country as they are established under the Constitution and by law, their ranking and effect of their rulings in relation with one another, and how these different levels of court interact with one another. The case would then become another addition to the Court's already congested dockets. No. 111610, February 27, 2002, 378 SCRA 28; and De Guia v. Commission on Elections, G.R. Second, in addition to providing for "self-executory and ready for use" civil and political rights, the 1987 Constitution also contained provisions pertaining to what has been termed as "social rights." No.  Philippine Bill of 1902, Sec. It incorporated the following: 1.1. 2. 152774, May 27, 2004, 429 SCRA 736, 757.  (Emphasis supplied; citation omitted.). The Court can resolve this case without determining any factual issue related to the case. CourtofAppeals. No.  Act No. First. No. The main issue before the Court involved the question of whether the Supreme Court had jurisdiction over the Electoral Commission and the subject matter of the controversy. It may sit en banc or, in its discretion, in divisions of three, five, or seven members. No. No. No. No. As a case in point, we shall focus our discussion on transcendental importance. The jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals are as follows: Original jurisdiction to issue writs of mandamus, prohibition, certiorari, habeas corpus, and, Both the 1973 and 1987 Constitution contain provisions on the present anti-graft court known as the Sandiganbayan. The case should have been filed with the trial court, because it raises factual issues which need to be threshed out in a full-blown trial. Under RA No. What it does is penalize anti-competitive agreements. It may be filed directly with the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, or the Sandiganbayan when the action concerns public data filed of government offices. In Agan, we stated that "[t]he facts necessary to resolve these legal questions are well established and, hence, need not be determined by a trial court," In Jaworski, the issue is whether Presidential Decree No. Our pronouncement in Republic v. Sandiganbayan is enlightening: The resolution of controversies is, as everyone knows, the raison d'etre of courts.  Sec. - The Court is not a trier of facts; its role is to decide cases based on the findings of fact before it. Even assuming that petitioner is referring to any or all of the five companies who have been pre-qualified to bid in the projects, its assertion that these companies are not financially able to undertake the project raises a question of fact, financial ability being a pre-qualification requirement. Direct recourse to the Court under the Angara model.  Sec. Comparativists have all but ignored the No. Any person who, being a manufacturer, producer, or processor of any merchandise or object of commerce or an importer of any merchandise or object of commerce from any foreign country, either as principal or agent, wholesaler or retailer, shall combine, conspire or agree in any manner with any person likewise engaged in the manufacture, production, processing, assembling or importation of such merchandise or object of commerce or with any other persons not so similarly engaged for the purpose of making transactions prejudicial to lawful commerce, or of increasing the market price in any part of the Philippines, of any such merchandise or object of commerce manufactured, produced, processed, assembled in or imported into the Philippines, or of any article in the manufacture of which such manufactured, produced, or imported merchandise or object of commerce is used. By merely stating legal conclusions, petitioner did not present any sufficient allegation upon which the Court could grant the relief petitioner prayed for. No. Monopolies and Combinations in Restraint of Trade. These, clearly, are staggering numbers. RA No. We do not abandon here the doctrine of transcendental importance. 91649, May 14, 1991, 197 SCRA 52.  (Citations omitted.). In Agan, we noted that the facts necessary to resolve the legal questions are well established and, hence, need not be determined by a trial court. ), The doctrine of hierarchy of courts as a filtering mechanism, The doctrine of hierarchy of courts operates to: (1) prevent inordinate demands upon the Court's time and attention which are better devoted to those matters within its exclusive jurisdiction; (2) prevent further over?crowding of the Court's docket; and (3) prevent the inevitable and resultant delay, intended or otherwise, in the adjudication of cases which often have to be remanded or referred to the lower court as the proper forum under the rules of procedure, or as the court better equipped to resolve factual questions.  (Emphasis and italics supplied. Historically, the CA has been of the greatest help to the Court in synthesizing the facts, issues, and rulings in an orderly and intelligible manner and in identifying errors that ordinarily might escape detection.  G.R. Araneta has since then been followed by a myriad of cases where transcendental importance was cited as basis for setting aside objections on legal standing. 10667); (2) the entity has achieved a dominant position (under the facts?-based criteria enumerated in Section 27 of RA No. No. 5. 196795, March 7, 2018; Rama v. Moises, G.R. No. Summary of Jurisdiction of Philippine Courts Remedial law reviewer JURISDICTION OF THE COURTS.  Id. This provision has since been repealed by RA No. Leonen, J., see separate concurring opinion. No. In fine, while this Court has original and concurrent jurisdiction with the RTC and the CA in the issuance of writs of certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus (extraordinary writs), direct recourse to this Court is proper only to seek resolution of questions of law. No. ", The submission of the Pre-Qualification Queries was scheduled for April 3, 2015 and the submission of Qualification Documents on May 18, 2015.. Sections 1, 2 and 3, Rule 65 of the Rules of Court require that in the verified petition for certiorari, mandamus and prohibition the petitioner should allege "facts with certainty". While in Soriano, the issue is whether the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board has the power to issue preventive suspension under Presidential Decree No. Nos. This rule has found most varied application. No. Abstract. 151445, April 11, 2002, 380 SCRA 739; Matibag v. Benipayo, G.R. 296 vested the Supreme Court with "original and exclusive jurisdiction in petitions for the issuance of writs of certiorari, prohibition and mandamus against the Court of Appeals." It sits in three stations--the City of Manila, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro. 17. 3 and is considered as the second highest tribunal in the country. No. No. No. This, in turn, gave rise to a slew of litigation invoking these so-called "social rights.  See Southern Luzon Drug Corporation v. Department of Social Welfare and Development, G.R. To end, while reflective deliberation is necessary in the judicial process, there is simply no ample time for it given this Court's massive caseload. Thus, the exercise of our power of judicial review is subject to these four requisites and the further requirement that we can only resolve pure questions of law. No. 19. This is the official website of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The 1987 Constitution and the Rules of Court promulgated, pursuant to its provisions, granted us original jurisdiction over certain cases. The principle of hierarchy of courts requires that recourse (Sections 1 and 3, Rule 7.  A petition for a writ of amparo is a remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity.  In Kulayan, the issue is whether Section 465 in relation to Section 16 of the Local Government Code authorizes the respondent governor to declare a state of national emergency and to exercise the powers enumerated in his Proclamation No.  Likewise, the 1901 Rules stated that the Court shall have original jurisdiction by certiorari and mandamus over the proceedings of CFIs wherever said courts have acted without, or in excess of, jurisdiction, or in case of a mandamus proceeding, hen the CFIs and judges thereof unlawfully neglect the performance of a duty imposed by law..  CONSTITUTION, Art. 160261, November 10, 2003, 415 SCRA 44.  Article VIII, Section 5(1) of the 1987 Constitution and Sections 9(1) and 21(1) of Batas Pambansa Bilang 129. General allegations that a contract is valid or legal, or is just, fair, and reasonable, are mere conclusions of law. The Supreme Court, which has a Chief Justice as its head and 14 Associate Justices, occupies the highest tier of the judiciary. The Projects will be awarded through competitive bidding, following the procurement rules and procedure prescribed under Republic Act (RA) No. Such question must first be brought before the proper trial courts or the CA, both of which are specially equipped to try and resolve factual questions. Like its predecessor, the 1935 Constitution adopted the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court as provided in existing laws, i.e., Act No. 10667, or the Philippine Competition Act, which defines and penalizes "all forms of anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions.". 9716, which created an additional legislative district for the Province of Camarines Sur, is constitutional.  The first exception referred to Aquino III v. Commission on Elections (Come/ec), G.R. It consists of the judgments of courts, to interpret the wording of statute law, to protect the principles of natural justice, to fill a gap in the law, or to deal with an unforeseen situation not covered by statute. 1. x x x (Emphasis supplied.). (Id. The participation of foreign investors in the governing body of any public utility enterprise shall be limited to their proportionate share in its capital, and all the executive and managing officers of such corporation or association must be citizens of the Philippines.