2016 (Civil Law) Bar Exam Questions: Question 13

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Peter, a resident ofCebu City, sent through Reliable Pera Padala (RPP) the amount ofP20,000.00 to his daughter, Paula, for the payment of her tuition fee. Paula went to an RPP branch but was informed that there was no money remitted to her name. Peter inquired from RPP and was informed that there was a computer glitch and the money was credited to another person. Peter and Paula sued RPP for actual damages, moral damages and exemplary damages. The trial court ruled that there was no proof of pecuniary loss to the plaintiffs but awarded moral damages of P20,000.00 and exemplary damages of P5,000.00. On appeal, RPP questioned the award of moral and exemplary damages. Is the trial court correct in awarding moral and exemplary damages? Explain. (5%)

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