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JOSE PENEYRA and MILAGROS CALDERON, petitioners, vs. HON.

INTERMEDIATE
APPELLATE COURT and HONORABLE GODOFREDO RILLORAZA, respondents. G.R.
No. L-68!" Jan#a$% &&, '(
FACTS:
On May 7, 1976, the Board of Trustees of the Correidor Co!!ee "n#. A$arded
the %anae%ent and operation of its #anteen at a %onth!y renta! of &'(.(( to )ose
&eneyra and Mi!aros Ca!deron. They are a!so sto#*ho!ders of the said Co!!ee.
A fe$ years after, +u!oio ,i-on, the #urrent Chair%an of the Board of
Trustees of Correidor Co!!ee, "n# refused a##eptin pay%ent of renta!s fro% the
petitioners $ithout any #ause. On Auust t 6, 19'(, partia! de%o!ition of the
#anteen $as e.e#ted. Conse/uent!y, on Septe%0er 9, 19'(, petitioners 1!ed in the
then Court of First "nstan#e of 2ueva +#i3a an a#tion aainst +u!oio 4. ,i-on for
da%aes $ith pre!i%inary %andatory in3un#tion.
On ,e#e%0er 56, 19'7, +u!oio ,i-on died. Thereafter, his #ounse! %oved to
dis%iss the #o%p!aint 0y reason thereof. The tria! #ourt dis%issed petitioners8
#o%p!aint on the round that the a#tion for da%aes did not survive the death of ,i-on.
&etitioners %oved to re#onsider 0ut $ere unsu##essfu!.
Aruin that the tria! #ourt rave!y a0used its dis#retion in denyin ad%ission of
their a%ended #o%p!aint and in su0se/uent!y dis%issin their #ase, petitioners 1!ed a
spe#ia! #ivi! a#tion of certiorari and mandamus aainst respondent 3ude 0efore the "AC.
"SS9+: :O2 the a#tion for da%aes aainst +uo!oio ,i-on survive his death.
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As arued #onvin#in!y 0y petitioners, an a#tion for the re#overy of da%aes
for in3ury to persona! property is not e?tinuished 0y the death of the defendant.
This is 0e#ause su#h a#tion %ay sti!! 0e 0rouht aainst the e?e#utor or
ad%inistrator of the estate of the defendant. Sin#e the de%o!ition of petitioners8
#anteen is a round for the re#overy of da%aes arisin fro% in3ury to persona!
property, then, as provided in Se#tion 1 of 4u!e '7 of the 4u!es of Court, the
de#eased defendant shou!d no$ 0e su0stituted 0y the e?e#utor, ad%inistrator or
!ea! representative of his estate as party@defendant.
The su##essor 4eiona! Tria! Court is ordered to reinstate Civi! Case 2o. 77A@
B, to #ause the de#eased defendant +u!oio ,i-on to 0e su0stituted 0y the
e?e#utor, ad%inistrator or !ea! representative of his estate as party@defendant and
thereafter to pro#eed $ith the tria! of the #ase $ith dispat#h.