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SSS vs. Moonwalk

SSS vs. Moonwalk

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Published by: Melanie Mejia on Jul 09, 2014
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SSS vs. Moonwalk Development and Housing Corporation


- Plaintiff SSS approved the application of Defendant Moonwalk for
a loan of P30,000,000 for the purpose of developing and
constructing a housing project.

- Out of P30,000,000 approved loan, the sum of P9,595,000 was
released to defendant Moonwalk.

- A third Amendment Deed of Mortgage was executed for the
payment of the amount of P9,595,000.

- Moonwalk made a total payment of P23,657,901.84 to SSS for the
loan principal of P12,254,700.

- After settlement of the account, SSS issued to Moonwalk the
release of Mortgage for Moonwalk’s Mortgaged properties.

- In letter to Moonwalk, SSS alleged that it committed an honest
mistake in releasing defendant.

- That Moonwalk has still 12% penalty for failure to pay on time the
amortization which is in the penal clause of the contract.

- Moonwalk’s counsel told SSS that it had completely paid its
obligation to SSS and therefore there is no recovery of any penalty.

Is the penalty demandable even after the extinguishment of the
principal obligation?


No. There has been a waiver of the penal clause as it was not
demanded before the full obligation was fully paid and
Default begins from the moment the creditor demands the
performance of the obligation.

In this case, although there were late amortizations there was
no demand made by SSS for the payment of the penalty hence
Moonwalk is not in delay in the payment of the penalty.

No delay occurred and there was no occasion when the penalty
became demandable and enforceable.

Since there was no default in the performance of the main
obligation-payment of the loan- SSS was never entitled to
recover any penalty.

If the demand for the payment of the penalty was made prior to
the extinguishment of the obligation which are: 1. e principal
obligation 2. The interest of 12% on the principal obligation 3.
The penalty of 12% for late payment for after demand, Moonwalk
would be in delay and therefore liable for the penalty.


Jison vs. CA


- Petitioners spouses Jison, entered into a contract of sell with
respondent Robert O. Phillips & Sons, Inc.

- In the said contract, Phillips agreed to sell to spouses Jison a lot at
the Victoria Valley Subdivision for the price of P55,000 payable on
installment basis.

- Spouses Jison paid respondents a down payment and its monthly

- Petitioners failed to build a house as provided in the contract,
thereby, the stipulated penalty of P5.00 per sq. m. was imposed.

- Petitioners failed to pay monthly installments for 3 consecutive
months but the late payments were accepted by the respondent.

- Again, the petitioners failed to pay 4 consecutive months of its
monthly installments.

- Respondent sent a letter to petitioners calling petitioners attention
to the fact that their account was four months overdue.

- This letter was followed up by another letter where respondent
reminded petitioner for the automatic rescission of the contract.

- Petitioner eventually paid the amounts due.

- Petitioner on its third time failed to pay the monthly installments for
another 3 consecutive months.

- Respondent sent petitioners a letter which returned petitioner’s
check and informed them that the contract was cancelled when
they failed to pay the monthly installments due, thereby making
their account delinquent for 3 months.

- Petitioners tendered payment for all the installments already due
but the tender was refused.

- Petitioners filed a complaint for specific performance.

- The trial court rendered judgment in favor of private respondent
declaring the payments amounting to P47,312.64 made by
petitioner be forfeited.


WON the forfeiture of the payments made by petitioners is valid?


Yes. The forfeiture of the payments made by petitioners is valid.

But the forfeiture of 50% of the amount already paid appears to be
a fair settlement.

The forfeiture of the amount of P47,312.64, although it includes the
fines for petitioners’ failure to construct a house required by the
contract, is clearly iniquitous considering that the contract price is
only P55,000.

Although petitioners have been delinquent in paying their
amortizations several times to be prejudice of respondent, with the
cancellation of the contract the possession of the lot reverts to
respondent who is free to resell it.

The judge shall equitably reduce the penalty when the principal
obligation has been partly or irregularly complied with the debtor
and when the penalty is iniquitous and unconscionable.


Florentino vs. Supervalue Inc.


- Petitioner is doing a business under the business name
“Empanada Royale”, with outlets in different malls.

- Respondent is engaged in the business of leasing stalls and
commercial store spaces located inside SM Malls.

- Petitioner and respondent executed three Contracts of Lease
containing similar terms and conditions over the cart-type stalls at
SM North Edsa, Southmall and Megamall.

- The term of each contract is for a period of four months and may
renewed upon agreement of the parties.

- Upon the expiration of said contracts of lease, the parties agreed to
renew it.

- Before the expiration of said contracts of lease, petitioner received
two letters from respondent.

- In the first letter, petitioner was charged with:

o violating the contracts of lease by not opening on
Dec. 16 and 26 1999.

o selling a new variety of the price of her merchandise
from P20.00 to P22.00, without the approval of the

o frequently closing earlier that the usual mall hours,
again in violation of the terms of the contract.

- A stern warning was given to petitioner to refrain from committing
similar infractions.

- In the second letter, respondent informed the petitioner that it will
no longer renew the Contracts of Lease for the three outlets.

- After the expiration of the lease contract, respondent demanded to
return the security deposits amounting to P192,000 upon signing
the Contract of Lease.

- Petitioner sent respondent another letter reiterating her previous
demands, but respondent refuses to comply with.


WON the forfeiture of the entire security deposits is


The forfeiture of the entire amount of the security deposits was
excessive and unconscionable considering that the gravity of the
breaches committed by the petitioner is not as such degree that
the respondent was unduly prejudiced thereby.

It is but equitable to reduce the penalty of the petitioner to 50% of
the total amount of security deposits.




- In 1961, respondent spouses Medina applied for a loan of
P350,000 with petitioner GSIS.

- The loan was approved and is repayable in ten years; the rate of
interest shall be 9% per annum compounded monthly; that any
installment amortization that remains due and unpaid shall bear an
interest of 9%/12% per month.

- In 1962, the Medinas executed an Amendment of Real Estate
Mortgages in favor of GSIS.

- In 1963, an additional loan of P230,000 was approved by GSIS on
the security of the same mortgaged properties and additional
properties, to bear interest at 9%per annum and repayable in 10

- 1965, the Medinas having defaulted in the payment of the monthly
amortization on their loan, the GSIS imposed 9% / 12% interest on
all installments due and unpaid.

- 1974, GSIS notified the Medinas that they had arrearages and
demanded payment within 7 days from notice thereof, otherwise, it
would foreclose the mortgage.

- 1975, GSIS filed an application for Foreclosure of Mortgage.

- The real estate properties of Medinas were sold at public auction to
the GSIS as the highest bidder for the total amount of P440,080

- Medinas maintained that there is no express stipulation on
compounded interest in the amendment of mortgage contract.

- Medinas claim an overpayment.


WON the extrajudicial foreclosure and Sheriff’s Certificate invalid?


No. The extrajudicial foreclosure of the Real Estate Mortgages of
spouses Medina was valid.

Medinas failed to settle their accounts with the GSIS which as
computed by the GSIS reached an outstanding balance of P630,
130.55 and that the GSIS had a perfect right to foreclose the

There is merit in GSIS contention that the Sheriff’s Certificate of
Sale is merely, provisional in character and is not intended to
operate as an absolute transfer of the subject property, but merely
to identify the property, to show the price paid and the date when
the right of redemption expires. Hence, the date of the foreclosed
mortgage is not even a material content of the said certificate.

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