• Patrimonio wins money case vs. sports columnist at SC

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    FORMER Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player and San Mig Coffee Mixers head manager Alvin Patrimonio has won a loan-related case against sports columnist Napoleon “Nap” Gutierrez in 1994.

    In a decision, the SC’s Second Division granted Patrimonio’s petition for review on certiorari against the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) affirming the ruling of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Quezon City, Branch 77, that dismissed the complaint for declaration of nullity of loan filed by the petitioner and ordered him to pay respondent Octavio Marasigan III the sum of P200,000.00.

    “Wherefore, in view of the foregoing, judgment is hereby rendered granting [Patrimonio’s] petition for review on certiorari. The appealed Decision dated September 24, 2008 and the Resolution dated April 30, 2009 of the Court of Appeals are consequently annulled and set aside. Costs against the respondents,” the SC said.

    Gutierrez entered into a business venture under the name of Slam Dunk Corporation, a production outfit that produced mini-concerts and shows related to basketball.

    Patrimonio was already then a decorated professional basketball player while Gutierrez was a well-known sports columnist.

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