February 2011 Philippine Supreme Court Decisions on Tax Law

Here are selected February 2011 rulings of the Supreme Court of the Philippines on tax law:

Local Government Code; real property tax; tax delinquency sale; writ of possession; premature issuance. A writ of possession is mere incident in the transfer of title. In this case, it stemmed from the exercise of alleged ownership by respondent city over EDSA MRT III properties by virtue of a tax delinquency sale. The issue of whether the auction sale should be enjoined is still pending before the Court of Appeals. Pending determination, it is premature for the respondent city to have conducted the auction sale and caused the transfer of title over the real properties to its name. The denial by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) to issue an injunction or a temporary restraining order does not automatically give the respondent city the liberty to proceed with the actions sought to be enjoined, especially so in this case where a certiorari petition assailing the denial is still being deliberated in the Court of Appeals (CA). All the more it is premature for the RTC to issue a writ of possession where the ownership of the subject properties is derived from an auction sale, the validity of which is still being threshed out in the CA. The RTC should have held in abeyance the issuance of a writ of possession. At this juncture, the writ issued is premature and has no force and effect. Republic of the Philippines (Department of Transportation and Communications) vs City of Mandaluyong, G.R. No. 184879, February 23, 2011.

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