The petition was opposed by petitioners who alleged that a Yao Kee is the

The petition was opposed by petitioners who alleged

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do not recognize Sy Kiat's marriage to Yao Kee nor the filiation of her children to him. The petition was opposed by petitioners who alleged that: (a) Yao Kee is the lawful wife of Sy Kiat whom he married on January 19, 1931 in China; (b) the other oppositors are the legitimate children of the deceased with Yao Kee. Yao Kee testified that she was married to Sy Kiat on January 19, 1931 in Fookien, China; that she does not have a marriage certicate because the practice during that time was for elders to agree upon the betrothal of their children, and in her case, her elder brother was the one who contracted or entered into an agreement with the parents of her husband; that the practice during the time of her marriage was a written document is exchanged just between the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom, or any elder for that matter; that she does not know as to the whereabouts of that document, because she and Sy Kiat were married for 46 years already and the document was left in China and she doubt if that document can still be found now. The probate court ruled in favor of the oppositors. On appeal the Court of Appeals rendered a decision
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