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In a case for illegal dismissal and non-payment of benefits, with prayer for Damages·, Apollo was awarded the following: 1) P200,000.00 as back.wages; 2) P80,000.00 as unpaid wages; 3) P20,000.00 as unpaid holiday pay; 4) PS,000.00 as unpaid service incentive leave pay; 5) P50,000.00 as moral damages; and 6) Pl0,000.00 as exemplary damages. Attorney’s fees of ten percent (10%) of all the amounts covered by items 1 to 6 inclusive, plus interests of 6% per annum from the date the same were unlawfully withheld, were also awarded.
[a] Robbie, the employer, contests the award of attorney fees amounting to 10% on all the amounts adjudged on the ground that Article 111 ofthe Labor Code authorizes only 10% “of the amount of wages recovered”. Rule on the issue and explain. (2.5%)
[b] Robbie likewise questions the imposition of interests on the amounts in question because it was not claimed by Apollo, and the Civil Code provision on interests does not apply to a labor case. Rule on the issue and explain. (2.5%)