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MARKINACITY

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h tre llatbr of a Petlion for Declaratoty


RcflC Regarding Certaln Frwisions of
Rqubllc At No. V211 and its lmplemefiing
Rdeotnd Regulations

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Fortune Tobacco Corporation,

Fgtltbner,

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le{gency

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Cornmitee- Tobacco,
Rsprccented by the Department
Socr&ries of the Department of l'&gallh,
Ihpcrlment of Justice, Department of
Edncdon, Depailmert of Agricttlture,
D,oPcltnnt of Environment and filstural
Fbcources, Deparlment of $cience and
Technology. Oepartment of Finance,
Adminisfrator of the National Tobreo
Affihation; President of the Phifippine
Toboceo lnslitub, andlhe Prq*ientof the
Fmmework Convention of Tobacco Control

Itrrypo, Fhilipfines

fleepordenle.
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ORDER
When thls case was called for ctarificaiory conference, Attv. Erolyne C'
Fortune Tobacco Corpolation, Atty. Jo{nini C. Nazareno 46 tr19y. Jeime
Felidano for Phlllp Monis Philipnines Manutucturlng, lnc., Aty. Etithon Vargre
ftr lttghty Corp., Tobaeo Cmrpany, Atty. Enrlgue Juan Carlos Vera for La
8ueile Cigar and Cignreffe Fastory, Afiy. Cristina L. Cabrera for JT jnternational
(Philppines) lnc., Atty. Marvic M.V.F. Leonen for The Presldent ct On
Framenvork-Convenlion Tobawo Contol Alllance. Philippines, lnc. Senior State
Sollcltor irlyra B, Quiambao and Associate Solicitor Maria Coles$na Cabaglo fur
lhc Ofice of *re $olicitor Gencral, appeared.

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To aid this Court in anivhrg rt a rsc{ution of tho materc presented bofore


il, all lhe partbe are hroby gtoar a po*tcd of flieen (15) days ftom today v#th
whidl to simultaneously filo thelr reepec{fue memoranda aftenrvhlch the incidsnt
$dl badoemd submitted for resdution.

an

ln the meantime, the hearings schEduled on llovember 19 and 26, 2007


hereby cancelled.
SOORDERED.
Marikina

Cfi,

NovembEr 12,2OO7.

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AUCE C.FUnERREZ

REPIJBIJC OF THE PHIUPPINES


REGIOI.{AL TRIAL CO{IRT
NATIONAL CAPITAL JLDICIAL REGION
I!tr{,RIKINA CITY
BRA}ICH 263

thr Matter of a Pctitiur for Declaratory Rdief


Re.grrding Cerairr Provisioru of Repblio Aot l.Io.
%tl and itE Implementfug Rulcs ad Rcgdcionr
Fqtrme Tobrcco Co,rporatioa
Petifioner,

scA cAsE No. 200748E-MK

Tobacco, reprorartd by
trc Depatne* Secretaries of the Dcparheat of Trade
urd krdutry, Dcprtnflt of Hcaltt, Daparfinnt of
Justiee, Deparhnent of Educatioq Department of
Agrioulture. Dp{rhrcot of Enviromrent and Natural
Rcaorrcea, Dp.rtncnr of Science ad Tcclnologr,
pegrment ot'F'inaaoe, Adriairtrator of ths Ndoml
Tobacco Adninircratiqt Pfiriident of lhc Pldli@e

Intor-Agency Commircc

Tobacao Instiurte, and the Precidnt of the Frasrpwork


Corwentioo of lbbacco Control Alliance, Philippines
Respondenb.
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PHmP MORRTS PHILIPPIIIES MANr.rFAClURbrc, INC. (pMP\g;


Intrvenor.

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INTERNAIIONAL (PHIIJ}PINDS), D.iC.;

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IntcrvEootr.

LA SIIERTE CIGAR AND CIGARETTE FACTORY,


IELINGTANBROTHERS & SONS, INC. (LA SUERTE); and
Inrcrvenot.

MGIITY CORPORA'IION TOtsACC! COMPANY.


Intsr,enq.

SRDE&
:

Before this Court is the motion filed by the Uaiversity


Philippines Offroe of l,egal Aid for students of the University

of

of

the
thc

Philippines.

To bolster their stance. hersin movants assort that the msttcr in


litigation direotly affest$ ard relal,es to the fudamental and constitutioaal
rights of the public in general. As citizcns of the Philippines, thsy af,e
crxrr:errned wirh rhe inferrrefslion nf fhc nrrrwrqirrns nf the 'Inhncrn

- RTC Marikina Br. 263


$CANo. 2007-68&MK
Pet. Fol Decla,ratory Reliet Forture Tobaoco
Order

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Regulation Act of 2003 pertaining to the regulation and eventual ban of


tobcoo advertisements and the xoeption thereto. They further contetrd that
the issues have a direct effect upon movants who are entitled by right, to the
State's protection in their right to health.

Section

of Rule 63 of the Rules of Court which deals with

petitions frrr declaratory relief provides

'

"Sec. l. Who may file petition.- Any person


interested under a ded, will oontract or otfter written
instrument whose rigfits are affected by a statute"
e:rocutive ordor or regulalion, ordinance or any other
written itstrumeot whose rights are affected by a statutg
executive ordef or regulatiorl ordinance or any other
governmental regulation may before breech or violatitn
thereo{ bring an action in tre appropriate Regional Trial
Corrt to determine any quostion of construction or validity
arising and for a declaration of his rights or duties
thereunder.''

Bmed on the forogoing an action for declaratory relief must bo


filed by a person interested urdor a dee4 a will, a conffact or other written
instrument a:rd *"hose rights arc affccted by a staflitc, an executive order, a
regulation or an ordinance. 'Ihe purposc of such aotion is to socure an
au&oritative statemont of the rights and obligations for thoir guidanoe in dro
enforcement thereof or compliancs therowith - that is, to terminate
uucerteinties in the stafute as in'Jre case at bar.
The essential requisites ofthe action are as follows; (1) there is a
questionable aonfoversy; (2) the controversy is between persons wbore
intorests are adverse; (l) the partv seeking dre rclief has a legal intorest in
tlre controversy; and (4) tlre issue is ripe forjudicial determinatioa.
Respondents-mov'ants
controvsrsy.

claim they have legal interast

in

the

For a par{y to have logal standing or locus standi, he must have s


personal and substantial interost in tho caso such that the party ha.s sustained
or will sustsin dir-oct iqiury as a result of its snforcement and uot merely that
he will suffer thereby in some indefinite way. (tsAYAN vs. Executive
Secretary, 342 SCRA 449).

Respoudeirts-moyaRts allege that the reliof sought by Petitioner has

Order - B.TC lt{ariktuu, Br. 263


SCA No. ?0ffi-68SMK
pt Ftr Declaratory Relief Fortlne Tobasco

a direct ofilcct upon its target-martet.

If

g;rantod, the public, particuhrty tho

youth will continue to be bombardod by advartisements enticing them to


stet or oontinuo the habit of smoking as they pass by thase retail
estrblishments

Although the Court finds noble tlre intention of herein reryondearbmovarits; their supposod interest is too general and far too detached fron the
ultimate objwtive of this petition. Not only is the presrmed i$Ercst
impersonal in character, it is likewise too vegu, highly spculative and
uncerbin to satisfu the requiremcnt of starding. (Toleotino vs Board of
Accouuturcy, 90 Phil 83)

ln the samc vein, kibiuers. however well meaning heve no locus


sandi.

Accordingly, the motion

for

to

intenrene and
attsohed answer in intccvention is hercby denied for lack of merit.
leove

SOORDERED.
Marikina City, Octobor 25,2W7.

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