18 C.T. Torres Enterprises, Inc. v. Hibionada, G.R. No. 80916, 9 November 1990..docx

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C.T. TORRES ENTERPRISES, INC. V. HIBIONADA, G.R. NO. 80916, 9 NOVEMBER 1990. FACTS: The petitioner as agent of private respondent Pleasantville Development Corporation sold a subdivision lot on installment to private respondent Efren Diongon. The installment payments having been completed, Diongon demanded the delivery of the certificate of title to the subject land. When neither the petitioner nor Pleasantville complied, he filed a complaint against them for specific performance and damages in the Regional Trial Court of Negros Occidental. The two defendants each filed an answer with cross-claim and counterclaim. The plaintiff filed a reply and answered the counterclaims. Pre-trial was scheduled and heard and trial briefs were submitted by Pleasantville and Diongon. The case was set for initial hearing. It was then that C.T. Torres Enterprises filed a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction, contending that the competent body to hear and decide the case was the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board. The motion was heard and Diongon later filed an opposition. On September 17, 1987, the

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