CASE 2016-0069: SERGIO R. OSMENA Ill  VS  POWER SECTOR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, EMMANUEL R. LEDESMA, JR., SPC POWER CORPORATION, and THERMA POWER VISAYAS, INC. (G.R. No. 212686, 05 OCT 2016,  VELASCO JR., J.) (SUBJECT/S: SC MODIFIES FINAL JUDGMENT;EFFECT OF  SEVERABILITY CLAUSE IN BIDDING GUIDELINES) (BRIEF TITLE: OSMENA VS. PSALM ET AL.)


DISPOSITIVE:

 

“WHEREFQRE, premises considered, the Manifestation/Motion dated March 16, 2016 of respondent TPVI is hereby GRANTED. The Entry of Judgment is LIFTED. The fa/lo of the September 28, 2015 Decision is hereby amended to include a directive that the April 30, 2014 Notice of Award in favor of said respondent be REINSTATED, excluding the portion therein granting to SPC the Right to Top. Respondent PSALM is further directed to execute the NPPC-APA and NPPC-LLA in favor of respondent TPVI with dispatch. As amended, the fa/lo of said Decision shall read:

 

WHEREFORE, the petition is hereby GIVEN DUE COURSE and the writ prayed for accordingly GRANTED. The right of first refusal (right to top) granted to Sakon Power Corporation (now SPC Power Corporation) under the 2009 Naga LBGT-LLA is hereby declared NULL and VOID. Consequently, the Asset Purchase Agreement (NPPC-APA) and Land Lease Agreement (NPPC-LLA) executed by the Power Sector Assets and · Liabilities Management Corporation and SPC are ANNULLED and SET ASIDE. The Notice of Award dated April 30, 2014 in favor of Therma Power Visayas, Inc. is hereby REINSTATED, excluding the portion therein granting to SPC the Right to Top. Respondent PSALM is directed to execute the NPPC-AP A and NPPCLLA in favor of TPVI with dispatch.

 

No costs.

 

SO ORDERED.”

 

SUBJECTS/DOCTRINES/DIGEST:


WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE?

 

THE POWER SECTOR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES MANAGEMENT CORP (PSALM) CONDUCTED BIDDING FOR THE SALE OF NPPC POWER PLANT. BIDDERS WERE THERMA POWER VISAYAS INC AND SPC POWER CORP. THERMA POWER WON. PSALM ISSUED NOTICE OF AWARD TO THERMA POWER BUT SUBJECT TO THE CONDITION THAT SPC WILL NOT EXERCISE ITS RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL. THEN SPC EXERCISED ITS RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL BY PROPOSING TO PSALM THAT IT WILL EXECUTE LEASE AGREEMENT AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT OVER THE NPCC POWER PLANT. PSALM AND SPC EXECUTED SAID AGREEMENTS AND PSALM  CANCELLED THE  NOTICE OF AWARD. IN ITS PREVIOUS DECISION SC RULED THAT THE PROVISION IN THE BIDDING GUIDELINES RE RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL OF SPC WAS ILLEGAL AND THE LEASE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS WERE ALSO ILLEGAL. BUT IT WAS SILENT ON THE EFFECT OF THE DECISION ON THE NOTICE OF AWARD. THERMA POWER THEN ASKED FOR CLARIFICATION WITH PRAYER TO REINSTATE THE NOTICE OF AWARD. SC IN THIS RESOLUTION REINSTATED THE NOTICE OF AWARD.

 

WHAT WAS THE BASIS FOR THE REINSTATEMENT OF THE NOTICE OF AWARD?

 

THE BASIS IS THE SEVERABILITY CLAUSE IN THE BIDDING GUIDELINES WHICH STATES: IF ANY ONE OR MORE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE BIDDING PROCEDURES OR ANY PART OF THE BIDDING PACKAGE IS HELD TO BE INVALID, ILLEGAL OR UNENFORCEABLE, THE VALIDITY, LEGALITY, OR ENFORCEABILITY OF THE REMAINING PROVISIONS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED THEREBY AND SHALL REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT.

 

BUT WAS IT PROPER FOR SC TO AMEND A FINAL JUDGMENT?

 

YES.

 

THE COURT IS NOT PRECLUDED FROM RENDERING A NUNC PRO TUNC JUDGMENT TO AMEND THE DISPOSITIVE PORTION OF THE SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 DECISION IN ORDER TO TRULY REFLECT THE ACTION OF THE COURT.

 

THE LACK OF DIRECTIVE IN THE DECISION  ON HOW TO PROCEED FROM THE NULLIFICATION OF SPC’S RIGHT TO TOP AND ITS NPPC-APA AND NPPC-LLA CONTRACTS, NOTHING MORE, LEFT THE PARTIES AT A QUANDARY, PROMPTING THEM TO SEEK JUDICIAL INTERVENTION ANEW.

 

THE COURT MUST, THEREFORE, SUPPLY HEREIN WHAT WAS INADVERTENTLY OMITTED IN THE DECISION. OTHERWISE, A REJECTION OF THE PLEA OF THERMA POWER WILL RESULT TO  MULTIPLICITY OF SUITS AND CLOGGING OF THE COURT DOCKET. THIS CONSEQUENCE IS AGAINST THE ESTABLISHED POLICY OF THE COURT TO PROVIDE IN ITS RULES OF PROCEDURE A JUST, SPEEDY, AND INEXPENSIVE DISPOSITION OF EVERY ACTION AND PROCEEDING.

 

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