CGR CORPORATION, et al. v. ERNESTO L. TREYES, JR.
522 SCRA 765 (2007), SECOND DIVISION (Carpio Morales, J.)
The recoverable damages in forcible entry and detainer cases refer to “rents” or “the reasonable compensation for the use and occupation of the premises” or “fair rental value of the property” and attorney’s fees and costs.
FACTS: CGR Corporation, owned by Herman M. Benedicto and Alberto R. Benedicto, leased several hectares of public land, mostly consisting of fishponds, in Negros Occidental. Ernesto L. Treyes, Jr., with his men, forcibly entered the leased properties and barricaded the entrance to the fishponds, set up a barbed wire fence along the road going to CRG Corporation‘s fishponds, and harvested several tons of milkfish, fry and fingerlings.
CGR filed with the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) in Sagay City separate complaints for Forcible Entry with Temporary Restraining Order with Preliminary Injunction and Damages and reserved a separate civil action. The MTC found Treyes and his men guilty of forcible entry. CGR filed a separate complaint alleging therein that he suffered damages for the actions of Treyes during and after the forcible entry. A claim for additional damages which arose from incidents occurring after the dispossession by Treyes of the premises was thereafter prayed for. The MTC awarded the claims of CGR.