The garnished amount as discussed in the Order dated was

The garnished amount as discussed in the order dated

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The garnished amount, as discussed in the Order dated January 16, 2007, was already owned by the plaintiffs, having been delivered to them by the Deputy Sheriff of this Court pursuant to par. (c), Section 9, Rule 39 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure. Moreover, the judgment obligation has already been fully satisfied as per Report of the Deputy Sheriff. Anent the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court, the same has become functus oficio , having been issued after the garnished amount had been released to the plaintiffs. The judgment debt was released to the plaintiffs on January 17, 2007, while the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court was received by this Court on February 2, 2007. At the time of the issuance of
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8/29/2019 SUPREME COURT REPORTS ANNOTATED VOLUME 679 29/69 the Restraining Order, the act sought to be restrained had already been done, thereby rendering the said Order ineffectual. After a careful and thorough study of the arguments advanced by the parties, the Court is of the considered opinion that there is no legal basis to grant defendant U.P. System’s motion to redeposit the judgment amount. Granting said motion is not only contrary to law, but it will also render this Court’s final executory judgment nugatory. Litigation must end and terminate sometime and somewhere, and it is essential to an effective administration of justice that once a judgment has become final the issue or cause involved therein should be laid to rest. This doctrine of finality of judgment is grounded on fundamental considerations of public policy and sound 72 72 SUPREME COURT REPORTS ANNOTATED University of the Philippines vs. Dizon practice. In fact, nothing is more settled in law than that once a judgment attains finality it thereby becomes immutable and unalterable. It may no longer be modified in any respect, even if the modification is meant to correct what is perceived to be an erroneous conclusion of fact or law, and regardless of whether the modification is attempted to be made by the court rendering it or by the highest court of the land. WHEREFORE, premises considered, finding defendant U.P. System’s Urgent Motion to
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8/29/2019 SUPREME COURT REPORTS ANNOTATED VOLUME 679 30/69 Redeposit Judgment Award devoid of merit, the same is hereby DENIED. SO ORDERED. Issues The UP now submits that: I THE COURT OF APPEALS COMMITTED GRAVE ERROR IN DISMISSING THE PETITION, ALLOWING IN EFFECT THE GARNISHMENT OF UP FUNDS, WHEN IT RULED THAT FUNDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN EARMARKED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT; AND THUS, THERE IS NO NEED FOR FURTHER APPROPRIATIONS. II THE COURT OF APPEALS COMMITTED GRAVE ERROR IN ALLOWING GARNISHMENT OF A STATE UNIVERSITY’S FUNDS IN VIOLATION OF ARTICLE XIV, SECTION 5(5) OF THE CONSTITUTION.
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