Govt of the Philippines Island vs Monte de Piedad; G.R. No. L-9959; 13 Dec 1916

FACTS:
The Spanish dominion contributed funds for relief of the damages done by an earthquake that hit the Philippine Islands. Upon the petition of the governing body of the Monte de Piedad, part of the funds was turned over to them. When the treasurer of the Philippine Islands was empowered to bring suit against Monte de Piedad to recover said amount, the latter refused to give the money back, stating that it was given as a donation.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not the Philippine government is competent to file a complaint against the respondent bank.

HELD:
YES. The legislature or government of the State, as parens patriae, has the right to enforce all charities of public nature, by virtue of its general superintending authority over the public interests, where no other person is entrusted with it.

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