RULE 11When to File Responsive PleadingsSection 1.Answer to the complaint. — The defendant shall file his answer to the complaintwithin fifteen (15) days after service of summons, unless a different period is fixed by the court.(la)Section 2.Answer of a defendant foreign private juridical entity. — Where the defendant is aforeign private juridical entity and service of summons is made on the government officialdesignated by law to receive the same, the answer shall be filed within thirty (30) days afterreceipt of summons by such entity. -the case of a nonresident defendant on whom extraterritorial service of summons is made, theperiod to answer must be at least 60 days (Sec. 15, Rule 14).-The granting of additional time to the defendant within which to file an answer is a matt e rlargely addressed to the sound discretion of the trial court present Rule provides for discretionon the part of the court to extend the time or allow pleadings filed after the reglementary period,thus —"Sec. 11. Extension of time to plead. — Upon motion and on such terms as may be just, thecourt may extend the time to plead provided in these Rules.The court may also, upon like terms, allow an answer or other pleading to be filed after the timefixed by these Rules. “-the discretion of the court to admit pleadings filed after the reglementary period has expireddoes not extend to the steps necessary to perfect an appeal which must all be done within thereglementary period, unless prior to its expiration an extension has been sought and granted onjustifiable grounds.-motion for extension of time to file an answer may be heard and granted ex parte-order allowing the filing of a late answer is interlocutory and not appealableSection 3.Answer to amended complaint. — When the plaintiff files an amended complaint asa matter of right, the defendant shall answer the same within fifteen (15) days after being servedwith a copy thereof.
Where its filing is not a matter of right, the defendant shall answer the amended complaint withinten (l0) days from notice of the order admitting the same. An answer earlier filed may serve asthe answer to the amended complaint if no new answer is filed.This Rule shall apply to the answer to an amended counterclaim, amended cross-claim,amended third (fourth, etc.)—party complaint, and amended complaint-in-intervention.-amended section, while adopting the period provided by the former Rule for the filing of ananswer to an amended complaint, now makes clear the date from which such period shall bereckoned. Thus, if the filing of an amended complaint is a matter of right, as where no answerhas yet been filed to the original complaint, no motion for leave or court order granting suchleave to file an amended complaint being involved, the 15-day period to answer is counted fromservice of the amended complaint. If the filing of the amended complaint is not a matter of right,