[ G. R. No. 43589, July 30, 1937 ]
AMANDO UY ET AL., PLAINTIFFS AND APPELLANTS, VS. MARIA VILLAFRANCA, DEFENDANT AND APPELLEE.
D E C I S I O N
ABAD SANTOS, J.:
The question now presented for determination is whether this is a case in which the jurisdiction of an inferior court is in issue within the meaning of section 138 (3) of the Administrative Code, as amended by Commonwealth Act No. 3, so as to sustain a direct appeal to this court.
In People vs. Imas (p. 419, ante), this court held that a mere claim in words is not enough to bring the case within the provision of section 138 (3) of the Administrative Code, amended as aforesaid; but the claim must be real and substantial. The point raised by the objection to the allowance of the amended answer did not go to the jurisdiction of the Court of First Instance which had already acquired jurisdiction of the parties and, in respect of the amount of the counterclaim, had concurrent jurisdiction with the justice court. The error committed, if any, in allowing the amended answer, was merely an error of law which did not put in issue the jurisdiction of the Court of First Instance.
It results that this ease should be remanded to the Court of Appeals for further proceedings in accordance with section 145-H of the Administrative Code, as amended by Commonwealth Act No. 3. So ordered.
Avancena, C. J., Villa-Real, Imperial, Diaz, Laurel, and Concepcion, JJ., concur.