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as the fair market value of the property, the value of like properties. Thus, it becomes imperative that the commissioners’ report of land prices be supported by pertinent documents, which impelled the commissioners to arrive at the recommended amount for the condemned properties, to aid the court in its determination of the amount of just compensation. Otherwise, the commissioner’s report becomes hearsay and should thus not be considered by the court. The trial court, in expropriation cases, may accept or reject, whether in whole or in part, the report submitted by the Board of Commissioners, which is merely advisory and recommendatory in character. It may also recommit the report or set aside the same and appoint new commissioners. In this case, the lower courts gave full faith and credence to the Board of Commissioners’ Report dated September 15, 2003 notwithstanding that it was not supported by any documentary evidence. Considering that the legal basis for the determination of just compensation for the subject properties is insufficient, the respective Decisions of the RTC and the CA should be set aside. Nevertheless, the Court cannot fix the amount of just compensation for the subject properties at P500.00 per sq m pursuant to the Board of Commissioners’ Report dated May 2, 2001. The said Report suffers from the same infirmity as the Report dated September 15, 2003 it is unsupported by any documentary evidence and its recommendation as regards the amount of just compensation are based on the prevailing market value of the subject properties in 2001.
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POLITICAL LAW CASE DIGESTS 177 PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES vs. HON. SANDIGANBAYAN, FIRST DIVISION & THIRD DIVISION, HERNANDO BENITO PEREZ, ROSARIO PEREZ, RAMON ARCEO and ERNEST ESCALER G.R. No. 188165 December 11, 2013 DOCTRINE: Administrative law; Exclusive authority of the Solicitor General to represent the People of the Philippines, exception; That only the Solicitor General may represent the People on appeal or certiorari in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals in all criminal proceedings is the general rule,79 but the rule admits the exception concerning "all cases elevated to the Sandiganbayan and from the Sandiganbayan to the Supreme Court, the Office of the Ombudsman, through its special prosecutor, shall represent the People of the Philippines, except in cases filed pursuant to Executive Order Nos. 1, 2, 14 and 14-A, issued in 1986." More specifically, Section 4(c) of Republic Act No. 8249 authorizes the exception. DIGEST: The Court resolves the petitions for certiorari the State instituted to assail and nullify, in G.R. No. 188165, the Sandiganbayan’s dismissal of Criminal Case SB-08-CRM-0265 entitled People of the Philippine v. Hernando Benito Perez, Rosario S. Perez, Ernest Escaler, and Ramon A. Arceo, for violation of Section 3 (b) of Republic Act No. 3019, as amended; and, in G.R. No.
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