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TUASON vs.

BOLANOS
G.R. No. L-4935 | 28 May 1954
J.M. TUASON & CO., INC., represented by its
Managing Partner, GREGORIO ARANET, QUIRINO BOLAOS,
INC., vs. defendant and appellant
petitioner and appellee

NATURE: Appeal from CFI-Rizal judgement.


PONENTE: J. Reyes

FACTS:
Plaintiff filed an amended (3x) complaint to recover possession of registered land in Tatalon, QC.
o Original complaint described the land under TCT No. 37686, containing more or less 13
hectares;
o Amended complaint reduced the area to more or less 6 hectares;
o Second amendment became necessary and was allowed following the testimony of
plaintiffs surveyors that a portion of the area was embraced in another certificate of title;
o Third amendment was made to conform to the evidence presented by defendants
surveyor that the area occupied and claimed by defendant was about 13 hectares.
Defendant filed his answer praying for the dismissal of the complaint.
CFI rendered judgment in favor of plaintiff.
Hence this petition.

ISSUE: Whether a complaint amended for the third instance be admitted by the court.
HELD: Yes. PETITION DENIED, JUDGMENT APPEALED FROM AFFIRMED.
RATIO:
The Court held that Sec. 4, Rule 17 of the Rules of Court* provides that amendment is not even
necessary for the purpose of rendering judgment on issues proved though not alleged.
Citing CJ Moran: where the facts shown entitled the plaintiff relief other than that asked for, no
amendment to the complaint is necessary, especially where defendant has himself raised the
point on which recovery is based, and that the appellate court treat the pleadings as amended to
conform to the evidence, although the pleadings were not actually amended.

*NOTE: Now Sec. 5, Rule 10:

Section 5. Amendment to conform to or authorize presentation of evidence. When issues not raised by the
pleadings are tried with the express or implied consent of the parties they shall be treated in all respects as if they
had been raised in the pleadings. Such amendment of the pleadings as may be necessary to cause them to conform
to the evidence and to raise these issues may be made upon motion of any party at any time, even after judgment;
but failure to amend does not effect the result of the trial of these issues. If evidence is objected to at the trial on
the ground that it is not within the issues made by the pleadings, the court may allow the pleadings to be amended
and shall do so with liberality if the presentation of the merits of the action and the ends of substantial justice will be
subserved thereby. The court may grant a continuance to enable the amendment to be made.