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Case Digest: G.R. No. L-25024. March 30, 1970. 32 SCRA 188
Teodoro C. Santiago, JR. minor, represented by his mother, Angelita C.
Santiago, petitioner-appellant, vs. Juanita
Bautista, Rosalinda Alpas, Rebecca Matugas, Milkita Inamac, Romeo Agustin, Aida
Camino, Luna Sarmago, Aurora Lorena, Soledad Francisco and Mr. Flor Marcelo, respondents-appellees.
Facts: Appellant Teodoro Santiago, Jr. was a pupil in
Grade Six at the public school named Sero Elementary School in Cotabato City.
As the school year 1964-1965 was then about to end, the "Committee on the
Rating of Students for Honor" was constituted by the teachers concerned at
said school for the purpose of selecting the "honor students" of its
graduating class. With the school Principal, Mrs. Aurora Lorena, as chairman,
and Juanita Bautista, Rosalinda Alpas, Rebecca Matugas, Milkita Inamac, Romeo Agustin,
Aida Camino and Luna Sarmago, as members, the above-named committee deliberated
and finally adjudged Socorro Medina, Patricia Liñgat and Teodoro C. Santiago,
Jr. as first, second and third honors, respectively. The school's graduation
exercises were thereafter set for May 21, 1965; but three days before that
date, the "third placer" Teodoro Santiago, Jr., represented by his
mother, and with his father as counsel, sought the invalidation of the
"ranking of honor students."
Issue: Whether or not there is
an actual cause of action for petition for certiorari.
Ruling: No. The court held to sustain the
order of dismissal appealed from for failure on the part of appellant to comply
with the requirements of Section 1 of Rule 65. To be sure, the lower court's
holding that appellant's failure to accompany his petition with a copy of the
judgment or order subject thereof together with copies of all pleadings and
documents relevant and pertinent thereto "is fatal to his cause" is
supported not only by the provision of that Rule but by precedents as well.