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Negotiable Instruments Law

NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT Written contract for the payment of money, by its form intended as substitute for money and intended to pass from hand to hand to give the holder in due course the right to hold the same and collect the sum due PROMISSORY NOTE unconditional promise in writing made by one person to another signed by the maker engaging to pay on demand, or at a fixed or determinable future time a sum certain in money to order or to bearer where a note is drawn to the makers own order, it is not complete until indorsed by him Parties: 1. Makerone who makes a promise and signs the instrument 2. Payeeparty to whom the promise is made or the instrument is payable BILL OF EXCHANGE unconditional order in writing addressed by one person to another signed by the person giving it requiring the person to whom its addressed to pay on demand or at a fixed or determinable future time a sum certain in money to order or to bearer Parties: 1. Drawerone who gives the order to pay money to a 3rd party 2. Draweeperson to whom the bill is addressed and who is ordered to pay 3. Payeeparty in whose favor the bill is drawn or is payable TYPES OF BILL OF EXCHANGE: 1. Draft a common term for all bills of exchange and they are used synonymously. N.B. In bank drafts, DRAWER and DRAWEE are liable to purchaser of draft for not complying with his instructions. 2. Trade Acceptance a bill of exchange payable to order and at a certain maturity, drawn by a seller against the purchaser of goods as drawee, for a fixed sum of money, showing on its face the acceptance of the purchaser of the goods and that it has arisen out of a purchase by goods by the acceptor. 3. Bankers Acceptance a draft or a bill of exchange of which the acceptor is a bank or banker engaged generally in the business of granting bankers acceptance credit. It is similar to a trade acceptance, the fundamental difference being that the bankers acceptance is drawn against a bank instead of the buyer. 4. Trust Receipt the written or printed document signed by the entrustee in favor of the entruster containing terms and conditions substantially complying with the provisions of PD 115 (Trust Receipt Law, which took effect on January 21, 1973). No further formality of execution or authentication shall be necessary to the validity of the trust receipt. Note: It is the ENTRUSTEE NOT the ENTRUSTER is the real owner of the trust receipt. The liability of the entrustee to the entruster is EX CONTRACTU not ex delicto.

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5. Treasury Warrants a treasury warrant bearing on its face the words payable from the appropriation for food administration is actually an order for payment out of a particular fund and is NOT UNCONDITIONAL, and does not fulfill the one of the essential requirements of a negotiable instrument. (Abubakar v. Auditor General) 6. Money Order a species of draft drawn by the post-office upon another for an amount of money deposited at the first post office by the person purchasing the money order and payable at the second office to a payee named in the order. Note: Money order is NOT negotiable. 7. Clean and Documentary Bills of Exchange Clean bill of exchange is one to which are not attached to documents of title to be delivered to the person against whom the bill is drawn when he either accepts or pays the bill. Documentary Bill of Exchange is one to which are attached documents of title to be delivered and surrendered to the drawee when he accepts or pays the bill. 8. D/A and D/P Bills of Exchange Documents Against Payment Bill D/P Bill is a sight or time bill to which are attached documents to be delivered and surrendered to the drawee when he has paid the corresponding bill. Documents Against Acceptance Bill D/A Bill is a time bill to which are attached documents to be delivered and surrendered to the drawee when he accepts the bill. 9. Sight bills are bills which are payable upon presentation or at sight or on demand. 10. Time or usance bills are bills which are payable at a fixed future time or at a determinable future time. Inland Bill of Exchange is a bill which is or on its face purports to be BOTH drawn and payable within the Philippine Islands. Foreign Bill of Exchange- is a bill which is, or on its face purports to be, drawn or payable outside the Philippine Islands. a. to be drawn in the Philippines but payable outside thereof; or b. to be payable in the Philippines but drawn outside thereof. Importance of the distinction: The distinction is important in: 1. That foreign bills are required to be protested. Failure to protest foreign bills will discharge persons secondarily liable thereon. 2. The distinction is also important for the determination of the law applicable. When bill may be treated as promissory note. 1. Where the drawer and the drawee are the person such as, in a draft drawn by an agent on his principal by authority of the principal. 2. Where the drawee is a fictitious person. 3. Where the drawee has no capacity to contract.

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Referee in case of need is the person whose name was inserted by the drawer of the bill and any indorser to whom the holder may resort in case of need that is in case the bill is dishonored by non-acceptance or by non-payment. Note: It is the option of the holder to resort to the referee in case of need or not as he may see fit. BEARER Person in possession of a bill/note payable to bearer HOLDER Payee or indorsee of a bill or note who is in possession of it, or the bearer thereof. THE LIFE OF A NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT: (INPAD-PD-N-PD) 1. issue 2. negotiation 3. presentment for acceptance in certain bills 4. acceptance 5. dishonor by on acceptance 6. presentment for payment 7. dishonor by nonpayment 8. notice of dishonor 9. protest in certain cases 10. discharge NEGOTIABILITY REQUISITES (SUDOC) 1. in writing and signed by maker or drawer no person liable on the instrument whose signature does not appear thereon Exceptions: * A person signing in a trade or assumed name * Principal is liable if a duly authorized agent signs in his own behalf (Agent must be duly authorized; He adds words indicating that he signs as an agent; He must disclosed his principal) (Signature by procuration-operates as notice that the agent has limited authority to sign and principal is bound if agent acted beyond the limits of his authority) * In case of forgery, the forger is liable even if his signature does not appear on the instrument * Where the acceptor makes his acceptance of a bill on a separate paper * Where a person makes a written promise to accept a bill before it is drawn one who signs in a trade or assumed name liable to the same extent as if he had signed in his own name signature of any party may be made by a duly authorized agent, no particular form of appt. necessary

2. unconditional promise or order to pay

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unqualified order or promise to pay is unconditional though coupled with a. an indication of a particular fund out of which reimbursement to be made, or a particular account to be debited with amount, or b. a statement of the transaction which gives rise to the instrument an order or promise to pay out of a particular fund is not unconditional a sum certain in money even if stipulated to be paid--a. with interest, or b. by stated installments, or c. by stated installments with a provision that upon default in payment of any installment/interest, the whole shall become due, or d. with exchange, whether at a fixed rate or at the current rate, or e. with costs of collection or an attorneys fee, in case payment not made at maturity payable on demand, when expressed to be payable on demand, or at sight, or on presentation; when no time for payment expressed, or where an instrument is issued, accepted or indorsed when overdue, it is, as regards the person so issuing, accepting, or indorsing it, payable on demand or at a fixed or determinable future time when its expressed to be payable at a fixed period after date or sight, or on or before a fixed or determinable future time fixed therein, or on or at a fixed period after the occurrence of a specified event which is certain to happen, though the time of happening be uncertain an instrument payable upon a contingency not negotiable, and happening of event doesnt cure it


4. payable to order where it is drawn payable to the order of a specified person or to him or his order. May be drawn payable to order of --a. a payee not the maker/drawer/drawee, or b. drawer or maker, or c. drawee, or d. two or more payees jointly, or e. holder of an office for time being when the instrument is payable to order the payee must be named or otherwise indicated therein with reasonable certainty or bearer, when expressed to be so payable when payable to person named therein or bearer when payable to order or fictitious/non-existent person, and such fact known to the person making it so payable, or when name of payee doesnt purport to be the name of any person, or when the only/last indorsement is in blank

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5. where addressed to drawee: such drawee named/ indicated therein with reasonable certainty bill may be addressed to two or more drawees jointly, whether partners or not, but not to two or more drawees in the alternative or in succession bill may be treated as a PN, at option of holder, where a. drawer and drawee are same person b. drawee is fictitious/incapacitated CONTINUATION OF NEGOTIABLE CHARACTER Until: 1. restrictively indorsed 2. discharged by payment or otherwise EFFECT OF ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS (Sec.5) Gen. Rule: order/promise to do any act in addition to the payment of money renders instrument non-negotiable. Exception: negotiability not affected by provisions w/c 1. authorize sale of collateral security if instrument not paid at maturity 2. authorize confession of judgment 3. waives benefit of any law intended for advantage/protection of obligor 4. give holder election to require something to be done in lieu of money Other Instances when negotiability not affected (Sec. 6) a. Not dated b. Does not specify the value given or that any value has been given therefore c. Does not specify the place where it is drawn or the place where it is payable d. Bears a seal e. Designates a particular kind of current money in w/c payment is to be made Sec. 17. Construction where instrument is ambiguous. (a) Where the sum payable is expressed in words and also in figures and there is a discrepancy between the two, the sum denoted by the words is the sum payable; but if the words are ambiguous or uncertain, reference may be had to the figures to fix the amount; (b) Where the instrument provides for the payment of interest, without specifying the date from which interest is to run , the interest runs from the date of the instrument, and if the instrument is undated, from the issue thereof; (c) Where the instrument is not dated, it will be considered to be dated as of the time it was issued; (d) Where there is a conflict between the written and printed provisions of the instrument, the written provisions prevail; (e) Where the instrument is so ambiguous that there is doubt whether it is a bill or note, the holder may treat it as either at his election; (f) Where a signature is so placed upon the instrument that it is not clear in what capacity the person making the same intended to sign, he is to be deemed an indorser;

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(g) Where an instrument containing the word "I promise to pay" is signed by two or more persons, they are deemed to be jointly and severally liable thereon. DATE IN AN INSTRUMENT Presumption as to date: Said date is the date when it was made by the maker, drawn by the drawer, accepted by the drawee or indorsed by the payee. (Sec. 11) Effect of ante-dating or Post-dating: Instrument is not invalid, provided not done for an illegal or fraudulent purpose. (Sec. 12) * Ante-dating: Giving an instrument a date that is earlier than the date it was issued * Post-dating: Giving an instrument a date that is later than the date it was issued When date may be inserted? a. Where an instrument is payable at a fixed period after date but is issued undated b. Where an instrument is payable at a fixed period after sight but the acceptance is undated DELIVERY (Sec. 16) Issuance-the first delivery of the instrument complete in form to a person who takes it as a holder. Steps: 1. Mechanical Act of writing, complying with requirements of Sec. 1 2. Delivery with intention to give effect thereto. NI incomplete and revocable until delivery for the purpose of giving effect thereto. As between: a. immediate parties b. a remote party other than holder in due course delivery, to be effectual, must be made by or under the authority of the party making/drawing/accepting/indorsing in such case delivery may be shown to have been conditional, or for a special purpose only, and not for the purpose of transferring the property in the instrument PRESUMPTION OF DELIVERY Where the instrument is no longer in the possession of a party whose signature appears thereon, a valid and intentional delivery by him is presumed until the contrary is proved (*if in the hands of a HDC, presumption conclusive) NEGOTIATION When an instrument is transferred from one person to another as to constitute the transferee the holder thereof. If payable to BEARER, negotiated by delivery; if payable to ORDER, negotiated by indorsement of holder + delivery INDORSEMENT It is the writing of the name of the indorser on the instrument with the intent either to transfer the title to the same, or to strengthen the security of the holder by assuming a contingent liability for its future payment.

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The indorsement must be written on the instrument itself or upon a paper attached thereto. The signature of the indorser is sufficient. (Sec. 31) Indorsement must be of entire instrument. (cant be indorsement of only part of amount payable, nor can it be to two or more indorsees severally. But may be indorsed as to the residue of partially paid instrument) [Sec. 32] KINDS OF INDORSEMENT A. As to manner of future method of negotiation 1. Special specifies the person to whom/to whose order the instrument is to be payable; indorsement of such indorsee is necessary to further negotiation. 2. Blank specifies no indorsee, instrument so indorsed is payable to bearer, and may be negotiated by delivery The holder may convert a blank indorsement into a special indorsement by writing over the signature of the indorser in blank any contract consistent with the character of the indorsement (Sec. 35) B. As to kind of title transferred 1. restrictive prohibits further negotiation of instrument, constitutes indorsee as agent of indorser, or vests title in indorsee in trust for another Rights of indorsee in restrictive indorsement: receive payment of instrument Bring any action thereon that indorser could bring Transfer his rights as such indorsee, but all subsequent indorsees acquire only title of first indorsee under restrictive indorsement 2. non-restrictive C. As to kind of liability assumed by indorser 1. qualified- constitutes indorser as mere assignor of title (eg. without recourse) 2. unqualified D. As to presence/absence of express limitations put by indorser upon primary obligors privileges of paying the holder 1. conditional additional condition annexed to indorsers liability. Where an indorsement is conditional, a party required to pay the instrument may disregard the condition, and make payment to the indorsee or his transferee, whether condition has been fulfilled or not Any person to whom an instrument so indorsed is negotiated will hold the same/proceeds subject to rights of person indorsing conditionally 2. unconditional INDORSEMENT OF BEARER INSTRUMENT (Sec. 40) Where an instrument payable to bearer is indorsed specially, it may nevertheless be further negotiated by delivery

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Person indorsing specially liable as indorser to only such holders as make title through his indorsement INDORSEMENT WHERE INSTRUMENT PAYABLE TO TWO OR MORE PERSONS WHO ARE NOT PARTNERS (Sec.41) All must indorse unless the one indorsing has authority to indorse for others INSTRUMENT DRAWN OR INDORSED TO A PERSON AS CASHIER (Sec.42) Presumed to be payable to the bank or corporation INDORSEMENT WHERE NAME MISSPELLED (Sec. 43) May continue indorsing through the misspelled name, or he may add his proper signature Presumption as to time of Indorsement before instrument is overdue, except where indorsement bears date which is after maturity. Presumption as to place of IndorsementAt the place where instrument dated Striking Out Indorsements, Effect: * The indorser whose indorsement is struck out and all indorsers subsequent to him relieved from liability. UNINDORSED INSTRUMENTS (Sec. 49) 1. transfer vests in transferee such title as transferor had therein 2. right of transferee to have indorsement of transferor for purposes of determining HDC negotiation effective upon actual indorsement PRIOR PARTY WHO NEGOTIATES INSTRUMENT, effects (Sec. 50) Not entitled to enforce payment against any intervening party to whom he is personally liable HOLDER IN DUE COURSE REQUISITIES 1. complete and regular upon its face sec. 124 (effect of material alterationnot defense against HDC) Material Alteration: any change in the instrument which affects or changes the liability of the parties. Spoliation- A material alteration made by a stranger sec. 125 what constitute material alterations: a. Date b. Sum Payable, either for principal or interest c. Time or place of payment d. Number or relations of the parties e. Medium of currency or which adds a place of payment 2. holder became such before it was overdue, without notice of any previous dishonor

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sec. 53 (instrument payable on demand negotiated after unreasonable length of time: holder is not HDC) sec. 12 (effect antedating/postdating) 3. taken in good faith and for value sec. 24 (presumption of consideration) sec 25 (Value: is any consideration sufficient to support a simple contract) sec. 26 (Holder for value: one who has given a valuable consideration for the instrument issued or negotiated to him ) sec. 27 (When a holder has lien on the instrument, by contract or implication he is deemed a holder for value to the extent of the lien) 4. at time negotiated to him, he had no notice of -a.infirmity in instrument b.defect in title of person negotiating: What defect constitutes (Sec.55) 1. instrument/signature obtained through fraud, etc., illegal consideration/means, or 2. instrument negotiated in breach of faith, or fraudulent circumstances Notice Sec. 54-notice before full amt. paid: deemed HDC only to the extent of the amount paid by him Sec. 56-notice of defect: Actual knowledge necessary RIGHTS OF HOLDER IN DUE COURSE 1. sue thereon in his own name 2. payment to him in due course discharges instrument 3. holds the instrument free from any defect of title of prior parties and free from personal defenses available to parties among themselves 4. may enforce payment of the instrument for the full amount thereof against all parties liable thereon RIGHTS OF PURCHASER FROM HOLDER IN DUE COURSE General Rule: in the hands of any holder other than a HDC, NI is subject to same defenses as if it were non-negotiable. (Sec. 58) Exception: holder who derives title through HDC and who is not himself a party to any fraud or illegality has all rights of such former holder in respect to all parties prior to the latter. WHO DEEMED HDC (Sec. 59) prima facie presumption in favor of holder but when shown that title of any person who has negotiated instrument was defective, presumption is reversed, burden is now with holder to prove but no reversal if party being made liable became bound prior to acquisition of defective title KINDS OF DEFENSES 1. real defense attaches to instrument; on the principle that the right sought to be enforced never existed/there was no contract at all. Available to all parties both immediate and remote including HDC.

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2. personal defense growing out of agreement; renders it inequitable to be enforced against defendant. Available to prior parties among themselves but w/c are not good against a HDC. DEFENSES 1. INCAPACITY: REAL: indorsement/assignment property but corp/infant no liability




2. FORGERY: Real: Definition: the counterfeit-making or fraudulent alteration of any writing, and may consist in the signing of anothers name or the alteration of an instrument in the name, amount, description of the person and the like, with intent thereby to defraud. Bad Forgeryforgery which is apparent or naked to the eye Good Forgeryrequires examination of signature if it was forged Effect when Signature is forged or made without authority of person whose signature it purports to be. General Rule: a. wholly inoperative b. no right to retain instrument, or give discharge, or enforce payment vs. any party, can be acquired through or under such signature (unless forged signature unnecessary to holders title) Exception: unless the party against whom it is sought to enforce such right is precluded from setting up forgery/want of authority Precluded: a. parties who make certain warranties, like a general indorser or acceptor b. estopped/negligent parties 3. MATERIAL ALTERATION Where NI materially altered w/o assent of all parties liable thereon, avoided, except as against 1. party who has himself made, authorized or assented to alteration 2. and subsequent indorsers But when an instrument has been materially altered and is in the hands of a HDC not a party to the alteration, HDC may enforce payment thereof according to orig. tenor *material alteration a personal defense when used to deny liability according to org. tenor of instrument, but real defense when relied on to deny liability according to altered terms. 4. FRAUD a. fraud in execution: real defense (didnt know it was a Negotiable Instrument) b. fraud in inducement: personal defense (knows its Negotiable Instrument but deceived as to value/terms) 5. COMPLETE, UNDELIVERED INSTRUMENT

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Personal defense (sec. 16) If instrument not in possession of party who signed, delivery prima facie presumed If holder is HDC, delivery conclusively presumed

6. INCOMPLETE, UNDELIVERED INSTRUMENT Real defense (sec. 15) Instrument will not, if completed and negotiated without authority, be a valid contract in the hands of any holder, as against any person whose signature was placed thereon before delivery 7. INCOMPLETE, DELIVERED Personal defense (sec. 14) 2 Kinds of Writings: 1. Where instrument is wanting in any material particular: person in possession has prima facie authority to complete it by filing up blanks therein 2. Signature on blank paper delivered by person making the signature in order that the paper may be converted into a NI: prima facie authority to fill up as such for any amount In order that any such instrument, when completed, may be enforced against any person who became a party thereto prior to its completion: 1. must be filled up strictly in accordance w/ authority given 2. within a reasonable time but if any such instrument after completion is negotiated to HDC, it's valid for all purposes in his hands, he may enforce it as if it had been filled up properly
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Real Defenses Material Alteration Want of delivery of incomplete instrument Duress amounting to forgery Fraud in factum or Fraud in esse contractus Minority (available to the minor only) Marriage in the case of a wife Insanity where the insane person has a guardian appointed by the court Ultra Vires acts of corporation Want of authority of agent Execution of instrument b/w public enemies Illegalityif declared void for any purpose Forgery Personal Defenses 1. Absence or failure of consideration whether partial or total 2. Want of delivery of complete instrument 3. Insertion of wrong date in an instrument 4. Filling up of blank contrary to authority given or not w/in reasonable time 5. Fraud in inducement 6. Acquisition of instrument by force, duress or fear 7. Acquisition of instrument by unlawful means 8. Acquisition of the instrument for an illegal consideration 9. Negotiation in breach of faith 10. Negotiation under circumstances that amount to fraud 11. Mistake 12. Intoxication 13. Ultra Vires Acts of corporations where the corporation has the power to issue negotiable paper but the issuance was not authorized for the particular purpose for which it was issued

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LIABILITIES OF PARTIES A. PRIMARY PARTIES Person primarily liable: person who by the terms of the instrument is absolutely required to pay the same. 1. a. b. Liability of Maker Promises to pay it according to its tenor admits existence of payee and his then capacity to indorse

2. Status of drawee prior to acceptance or payment sec. 127 (bill not an assignment of funds in hands of drawee) sec. 189 (when check does not operate as assignment until bank certifies or accepts it) 3. a. b. c. d. Liability of Acceptor Promises to pay instrument according to its tenor Admits the following: existence of drawer genuineness of his signature his capacity and authority to draw the instrument existence of payee and his then capacity to indorse

B. SECONDARY PARTIES 1. Liability of Drawer a. Admits existence of payee and his then capacity to endorse b. Engages that on due presentment instrument will be accepted, or paid, or both, according to its tenor and that c. If it be dishonored, and the necessary proceedings on dishonor be duly taken, he will pay the amount thereof to the holder or to an subsequent indorser who may be compelled to pay it drawer may insert in the instrument an express stipulation negativing / limiting his own liability to holder 2. Liability of Indorsers:

Qualified Indorser and one Negotiating by Delivery (Sec 65) a. Instrument genuine, in all respects what it purports to be b. He has good title c. all prior parties had capacity to contract d. he had no knowledge of any fact w/c would impair validity of instrument or render it valueless in case of negotiation by delivery only, warranty only extends in favor of immediate transferee Liability of a General or Unqualified Indorser

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a. instrument genuine, good title, capacity of prior parties b. instrument is at time of indorsement valid and subsisting c. on due presentment, it shall be accepted or paid, or both, according to tenor d. if it be dishonored, and necessary proceedings on dishonor be duly taken, he will pay the amt. To holder, or to any subsequent indorser who may be compelled to pay it Order of Liability among Indorsers 1. among themselves: liable prima facie in the order they indorse, but proof of another agreement admissible 2. but holder may sue any of the indorsers, regardless of order of indorsement 3. joint payees/indorsees deemed to indorse jointly and severally Liability of Accomodation Party Definition: one who signed instrument as maker/drawer/acceptor/ indorser w/o receiving value thereof, for the purpose of lending his name to some other person Accomodation Party liable on the instrument to holder for value even if holder, at time of taking instrument, knew he was only an Accomodation Party Some Terms: Accommodation Bill or Noteone to which the accommodation party has put his name, w/o consideration, for the purpose of accommodating some other party who is to use it and is expected to pay it. Accomodated Partyis one in whose favor a person, w/o receiving value therefore, signs an instrument for the purpose of lending his credit and enabling said party to raise money upon it. Liability of Irregular Indorser Where a person not otherwise a party to an instrument, places thereon his signature in blank before delivery, hes liable as an indorser, in accordance w/ these rules: 1. Instrument payable to order of 3rd person: liable to payee and to all subsequent parties 2. Instrument payable to the order of maker/drawer, or payable to bearer: liable to all parties subsequent to maker/drawer 3. Signs for accommodation of payee, liable to all parties subsequent to payee Liability of an Agent Signature of any party may be made by duly authorized agent, establish as in ordinary agency Where instrument contains or a person adds to his signature words indicating that he signs for or on behalf of a principal, he is not liable on the instrument if he was duly authorized, but the mere addition of words describing him as an agent without disclosing his principal, does not exempt from personal liability. Signature per procuration operates as notice that the agent has but a limited authority to sign, and the principal is bound only in case the agent in so signing acted within the actual limits of his authority Where a broker or agent negotiates an instrument without indorsement, he incurs all liabilities in Sec. 65, unless he discloses name of principal and fact that hes only acting as agent

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PRESENTMENT A. In Promissory Notes Purpose: Not necessary to make the maker liable, but is necessary to make the secondary parties liable. Requisites: For a valid presentment for payment of a promissory note, the following are necessary: a. made within a reasonable time after issue; b. by the holder or his agent; c. to the party liable under it; d. at a reasonable hour on a business day; and e. at the proper place. ***The holder must exhibit the instrument to the debtor and should deliver it to said debtor if the latter pays. When NOT required/excused Presentment is NOT required: 1. when after due diligence presentment cannot be made; 2. when presentment is waived, and 3. when the indorser is an accommodated party. B. In Bills of Exchange Acceptance is the signification by the drawee of his assent to the order of the drawer. How made: - The acceptance may be on the bill, on a separate paper (allonge), and may even be in writing before the bill is drawn. - The drawee, if he wants to dishonor, must do so expressly within twenty-four (24) hours from presentment to him. If he refuses to act, tears the bill, or refuses to return the bill within said period of twenty-four hours, he is deemed to have accepted the bill implied acceptance. - A sight draft (usually accompanying a letter of credit in importations) is payable on demand and needs no acceptance by the drawee. Classes of Acceptance 1. General and Qualified General Acceptance a general acceptance assents without qualification to the order of the drawer. Qualified Acceptance it varies the effect of the bill as drawn. The acceptance is qualified if it is: a. Conditional; b. Partial; c. Local; d. Qualified as to time; e. Accepted by some or more of the drawees but not by all.

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2. Express and Constructive - Acceptance is express if written on the instrument by the drawee; and constructive, if drawee, within twenty four hours from presentment to him of the instrument, destroys the same, or refuses or fails to return the bill accepted or unaccepted. REQUISITES OF ACTUAL ACCEPTANCE: 1. in writing, and 2. signed by the drawee, 3. it must not express that the drawee will perform his promise by another means than the payment of money, and 4. it must be communicated or delivered to the holder. ACCEPTANCE, HOW MADE? - It is usually done by writing across the face of the bill the word ACCEPTED or words of similar import, e.g. HONORED, I WILL PAY THE BILL, SEEN followed by the signature of the drawee. - The drawee must sign because without his signature he would not be bound See Section 18, NIL. - Acceptance by telegram has been held sufficient. N.B. Acceptance is NOT required for CHECKS for the same are payable on demand. EFFECT OF ACCEPTANCE: Upon acceptance, the drawee becomes liable on the bill. The bill becomes in effect a note, the acceptor standing in the place of the maker, and the drawer, in the place of the first indorser. But should the drawee refuse to accept, the payee or the holder has no recourse against him but only against the drawer and indorsers, if any. Is payment equivalent to acceptance? NO, - the payment of a check does not include or imply its acceptance in the sense that this word is used in Section 62, NIL. WHERE BILL MAY BE WRITTEN: - Acceptance may be made 1. on the bill itself, or 2. on a separate paper; and if on a separate paper a. it may be acceptance as to an existing bill; or b. it may be acceptance as to a non-existing bill. If the bill is non-existent, the acceptance on a separate paper must comply with following requirements: i. That the contemplated drawee shall describe the bill to be drawn and promise to accept it.

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ii. That the bill shall be drawn within a reasonable time after such promise is written; and iii. That the holder shall take the bill upon the credit of the promise. Section 136. - The drawee is allowed twenty-four hours after presentment in which to decide whether or not he will accept the bill; the acceptance if given, dates as of the day of presentation. NOTE: The time allowed begins from the time of delivery and not after demand for a return of the bill and the time for returning the bill to the holder does not begin to run from the demand for its return but from the date of its delivery.

- Drawee bank is NOT entitled to 24 hours to decide whether for payment NOT acceptance. But, if the check is presented for certification, this ruling will not apply, as certification is equivalent to acceptance. Constructive Acceptance: - this class of acceptance is NOT in writing. 1. Where the drawee to whom the bill is delivered for acceptance, destroys it; or 2. Where the drawee refuses, within 24 hours after such delivery or within such time as is given him, to return the bill accepted or not accepted. - If the holder should demand its return before twenty-four hours, the drawee would be required to comply on pain of being held as an acceptor; but return within twenty-four hours unaccepted would not be a dishonor. In all the foregoing, the drawee will be deemed to have accepted the bill even if there is NO ACTUAL WRITTEN ACCEPTANCE by him.

Instances when a bill may be accepted: 1. Before the bill has been signed by the drawer; 2. Even when the bill is otherwise incomplete; 3. Even when the bill is overdue; 4. Even after it has been dishonored by non-acceptance or by non-payment. - The holder of the bill has the right to require GENERAL ACCEPTANCE thus he may REFUSE to take qualified acceptance and if he DOES NOT obtain an unqualified acceptance he may treat the bill as dishonored. Effect of taking qualified acceptance: Where a qualified acceptance is taken THE DRAWER and INDORSERS are discharged from liability on the bill unless they have expressly or impliedly authorized the holder to take qualified acceptance or subsequently assents thereto. When the drawer or indorser receives notice of qualified acceptance he must within a REASONABLE TIME express his dissent to the holder or he will be deemed to have assented thereto.

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Presentment for Acceptance

Definition: It is the production or exhibition of a bill of exchange to the drawee for his acceptance. GENERAL RULE: Presentment for acceptance is NOT NECESSARY to render any party to the bill liable. EXCEPTIONS: 1. Where the bill is payable after sight, or in any other case, where presentment for acceptance is necessary in order to fix the maturity of the instrument; or 2. Where the bill is expressly stipulates that it shall be presented for acceptance; or 3. Where the bill is drawn payable elsewhere than at the residence or place of business of the drawee. NOTE: In those instances found in Section 143 it is NECESSARY in order to charge persons secondarily liable (Section 144): i. to make presentment for acceptance or ii. to negotiate the bill within a reasonable time. Presentment, how made: -Presentment MUST be made by or on behalf of the holder: Requisites: 1. It must be presented at a reasonable hour; 2. It must be presented on a business day; and 3. It must be presented before the bill is overdue. To WHOM will it be presented? 1. To the DRAWEE or some person authorized to ACCEPT or REFUSE ACCEPTANCE on his BEHALF; and 2. Where a bill is addressed to two or more drawees who are not partners; presentment must be made to them all unless one has authority to accept or refuse acceptance for all, in which case presentment may be made to him only; 3. Where the drawee is dead presentment may be made to his personal representative; 4. Where the drawee has been adjudged a bankrupt or an insolvent or has made an assignment for the benefit of creditors, presentment may be made to him or to his trustee or assignee. Days when presentment may be made:

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A bill may be presented for acceptance on ANY DAY on which negotiable instruments may be presented for payment. When SATURDAY is NOT OTHER WISE A HOLIDAY presentment for ACCEPTANCE may be made before twelve oclock noon on that day. Note: The only difference between Section 72 and 85 is that under Section 146 there is no distinction between the instruments payable at a fixed or determinable future time and instruments payable on demand. Where the holder of a bill drawn payable elsewhere other than the place of business or the residence of the drawee has no time, with the exercise of reasonable diligence to present the bill for acceptance before presenting it for payment on that day it falls due THE DELAY CAUSED BY PRESENTING THE BILL FOR ACCEPTANCE BEFORE PRESENTING IT FOR PAYMENT IS EXCUSED AND DOES NOT DISCHARGE THE DRAWERS AND INDORSERS. Instances when PRESENTMENT FOR ACCEPTANCE IS EXCUSED and A BILL MAY BE TREATED AS DISHONORED BY NON-ACCEPTANCE: 1. Where the drawee is dead, or has absconded, or is a fictitious person or a person not having capacity to contract by bill; 2. Where, after the exercise of reasonable diligence, presentment can not be made; 3. Where, although presentment has been irregular, acceptance has been refused on some other ground. Duty of the holder where bill is not accepted. Where a bill is duly presented for acceptance and is not accepted within the prescribed time, the person presenting it must treat the bill as dishonored by nonacceptance or he loses the right of recourse against the drawer and indorsers. HOW? By giving NOTICE OF DISHONOR or by making a PROTEST when required. Presentment For Payment Of Accepted Bill Purpose: The purpose of presentment for payment of an accepted bill is to collect from the acceptor; and if refused, to collect from the secondary parties. Requisites: 1. The accepted bill must be presented for payment within a reasonable time from the last negotiation by the holder or his agent 2. to the acceptor or his agent 3. at a reasonable hour on a business day 4. at the proper place as defined. The bill must be exhibited to the acceptor and surrendered to him when he pays. When Presentment for payment is excused; a. when after due diligence, it cannot be made b. when the drawee is a fictitious person c. where there is a waiver of presentment.

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DISHONOR 1 .In PROMISSORY NOTE - In a promissory note, dishonor by non-payment takes place when it is duly presented for payment and payment is refused or cannot be obtained; or if presentment is excused, the instrument is overdue and unpaid. Effect: There is an immediate right of recourse by the holder against persons secondarily liable, which requires notice of dishonor (Sec. 84) 2. In BILLS OF EXCHANGE - In bills of exchange, where the bill is presented for acceptance and is returned dishonored, or within twenty four hours from presentment, is not returned accepted or unaccepted, or when presentment for acceptance is excused and the bill is not accepted there is a dishonor by non-acceptance. -There is a dishonor by non-payment if the bill, after it has been accepted is not paid when presented for payment, or presentment being excused, is not paid on the date of maturity. Effect of Dishonor by Non-acceptance: An immediate right of recourse against the drawer and indorsers accrues to the holder and NO PRESENTMENT for payment is necessary. (Sec. 151) Note: Same effect in Dishonor by Non-payment is Promissory Note NOTICE OF DISHONOR --bringing either verbally or by writing, to the knowledge of the drawer or indorser of an instrument, the fact that a specified negotiable instrument, upon proper proceedings taken, has not been accepted or has not been paid and that the party notified is expected to pay it. REQUISITES: 1. Given by a holder or his agent(SPA necessary), or by any party who may be compelled by the holder to pay. (Sec. 90) 2. Given to a secondarily liable party or his agentSec. 97) -Notice to one partner is notice to all even though there has been dissolution -Notice to persons jointly liable who are not partners must be given to each of them unless one of them has authority to receive such notice for others -Notice to bankrupt may be given to his trustee or assignee 3. Given as soon as the instrument is dishonored and within the periods provided by law. (Sec. 102) 4. Given at the proper place (Secs. 103 & 104) TO WHOM GIVEN a. Non-acceptance(bill)to persons secondarily liable, namely, the drawer and indorsers as the case may be b. Non-payment (bill and note)indorsers BY whom Given

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a. The holder b. Another, on behalf of the holder c. Any party to the instrument who may be compelled to pay it to the holder, and who would have a right of reimbursement from the party to whom notice is given

WHEN NOTICE OF DISHONOR IS DISPENSED WITH: 1. When the party to be notified knows about the dishonor, actually or constructively 2. If waived (either before the time of giving notice has arrived or after the omission to give due notice) (Sec. 109) --If waiver embodied in instrument itself it binds all parties, but if written above the signature of an indorser, the latter is only bound 3. When after due diligence, it cannot be given (Sec. 112) WHEN NOTICE OF DISHONOR NEED NOT BE GIVEN TO DRAWER 1. Drawer and drawee are the same person 2. Drawee is a fictitious person or a person not having capacity to contract 3. Drawer is the person to whom the instrument is presented for payment 4. Drawer has no right to expect or require that the drawee or acceptor will honor the instrument; 5. Drawer has countermanded payment. WHEN NOTICE OF DISHONOR NEED NOT BE GIVEN TO INDORSER (a) When the drawee is a fictitious person or person not having capacity to contract, and the indorser was aware of that fact at the time he indorsed the instrument (b) Where the indorser is the person to whom the instrument is presented for payment (c) Where the instrument was made or accepted for his accommodation MATURITY OF NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT: 1. Every negotiable instrument is payable at the time fixed therein without grace. 2. When the day of maturity falls on a Sunday or a Holiday, the instrument is payable on the next succeeding business day. 3. Instruments falling due or payable on a Saturday are also to be presented for payment on the next succeeding business day, except when the instrument is payable on demand where it may be the option of the holder to present the instrument for payment before 12:00 noon on Saturday when the entire day is not a holiday. (Sec. 85) REQUISITES OF PAYMENT IN DUE COURSE 1. Made at of after maturity. 2. Made to the holder. 3. In good faith and without notice that the holders title is defective. (Sec. 88) Good faith refers to the maker or acceptor and not to the holder. DISCHARGE OF NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT - A release of all the parties liable from obligations arising thereunder. It renders the instrument without force and effect and, consequently, it can no longer be negotiated.

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Payment in Due Course. Requisites a. Payment must be made at or after maturity b. Payment must be made to the holder c. Payment must be made in good faith and w/o notice that the holders title is defective By Whom Made: a. By maker or acceptor b. Surety, if a primary party or c. By an agent on behalf of the principal 2. Payment by accommodated party 3. Intentional cancellation by the holder 4. By any act which will discharge a simple contract for the payment of money. 5. When the principal debtor becomes the holder of the instrument at or after maturity in his own right. WHEN PERSONS SECONDARILY LIABLE DISCHARGED (a) By any act which discharges the instrument (b) By the intentional cancellation of his signature by the holder (c) By the discharge of a prior party (d) By a valid tender or payment made by a prior party (e) By a release of the principal debtor unless the holder's right of recourse against the party secondarily liable is expressly reserved (f) By any agreement binding upon the holder to extend the time of payment or to postpone the holder's right to enforce the instrument unless made with the assent of the party secondarily liable or unless the right of recourse against such party is expressly reserved. Cancellation: it includes the act of tearing, erasing, obliterating or burning. It is not limited by writing the word cancelled or paid or drawing criss-cross lines across the instrument. It may be made by any other means by w/c the intention to cancel the instrument may be evident. Renunciation (Sec. 122)-The act of surrendering a right or claim w/o recompense, but it can be applied w/ equal propriety to the relinquishing of a demand upon an agreement supported by a consideration > Holder may expressly renounces his rights against any party to the instrument before, at or after its maturity. > If renunciation is absolute and unconditional in favor of the principal debtor, instrument is discharged > Notice is required to affect rights of HDC > Renunciation must be in writing unless instrument is delivered up to the person primarily liable thereon.

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PROTEST It is a formal statement in writing made by a notary under his seal of office at the request of the holder of a bill or note, in which it is declared that the same was on a certain day presented for payment (or acceptance as the case may be), and such payment (or acceptance) was refused, whereupon the notary protests against all parties to such instrument and declares that they will be held responsible for all loss or damage arising from its dishonor. It means all the steps or acts accompanying the dishonor of a bill or note necessary to charge an indorser, Necessity of Protest: Protest is required only for FOREIGN BILLS, but not for inland bills or notes. HOWEVER, they may also be protested if desired. OMISSION OF PROTEST, where protest is required, will DISCHARGE the DRAWER and the INDORSERS. Instances when protest is required: 1. Where the foreign bill is dishonored by non-acceptance; 2. Where the foreign bill is dishonored by non-payment, it not having been dishonored by non-acceptance; 3. Where the bill has been accepted for honor, it must be protested for nonpayment to the acceptor for honor; or 4. Where the bill contains a referee in case of need, it must be protested for nonpayment before it is presented for payment to the referee in case of need. Protest, how made: The protest must be annexed to the bill or must contain a copy thereof, and must be under the HAND AND SEAL of the NOTARY making it and must specify: 1. The time and place of presentment; 2. The fact that presentment was made and the manner thereof; 3. The cause or reason for protesting the bill; 4. The demand made and the manner given, it any, or the fact that the drawee or acceptor could not be found. Reason for requiring protest: 1. for uniformity in international transactions because most countries require it and 2. in order to furnish authentic and satisfactory evidence of the dishonor to the drawer who, from his residence abroad, may experience difficulty in verifying the matter and may be forced to rely on the representation of the holder. Protest may be made by a. A notary public or b. By any respectable resident of the place where the bill is dishonored, in the presence of two or more credible witnesses. Protest, when made: * Protest MUST be made on the day of its dishonor UNLESS delay is excused. * When a bill has been DULY NOTED the protest may be subsequently extended as of the date of the noting.

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DULY NOTED means that a notary public jots down on a note on the bill or an paper attached thereto, or in his registry book, consisting of his initials or signature and those matters required to be stated in Section 153. Protest where made: GENERALLY the protest must be made at the place where the instrument is dishonored. EXCEPTION: - where that when the bill drawn payable at the place of business or residence of some person other than the drawee has been dishonored by nonacceptance IT MUST BE PROTESTED FOR NON-PAYMENT AT THE PLACE WHERE IT IS EXPRESSED TO BE PAYABLE, AND NO FURTHER PRESENTMENT FOR PAYMENT TO, OR DEMADNN ON, THE DRAWEE IS NECESSARY. A bill MAY BE PROTESTED BEFORE MATURITY aka PROTEST FOR BETTER SECURITY Requisites for Protest for better security: - A protest for better security must be made: a. After acceptance; b. But before the date of maturity; and c. When the acceptor has been adjudged bankrupt and insolvent or has made an assignment for the benefit of creditors. NOTE: Protest is dispensed with by any circumstances which would dispense with notice of dishonor. When a - PROTEST MAY BE MADE ON A COPY OR WRITTEN PARTICULARS THEREOF. 1. bill is lost or destroyed ; or 2. is wrongfully detained from the person entitled to hold it ACCEPTANCE FOR HONOR Acceptance of a bill made by a stranger to it before maturity, where the drawee of the bill refused to accept it, and the bill has been protested for non-acceptance or where the bill has been protested for better security. Purpose for acceptance for honor: An acceptance for honor is done to save the credit of the parties to the instrument or some party to it, as the drawer, drawee, or indorser, or somebody else. Requisites for acceptance for honor: 1. The bill must have been previously protested (a) for non-acceptance or (b) for better security; 2. The bill is not overdue at the time of the acceptance for honor; 3. The acceptor for honor must be a stranger to the bill. 4. The holder must give his consent. Acceptance for honor: - acceptance supra protest how made:

Negotiable Instruments Law 1. It must be in writing; 2. It must indicate that it is an acceptance for honor; and 3. It must be signed by the acceptor for honor.


NOTE: It is necessary that the acceptor for honor MUST APPEAR before a notary public and declare that he accepts the protested bill in honor of the drawer or indorser, as the case may be, and that he will pay it at the appointed time. The LIABILITY OF THE ACCEPTOR FOR HONOR is SECONDARY NOT primary or absolute. ACCEPTOR FOR HONOR agrees to pay if: 1. presentment for payment has been made; 2. the drawee does not pay; 3. the bill is protested for non-payment; and 4. notice of dishonor is given to him. MATURITY OF A BILL PAYABLE AFTER SIGHT which has been accepted for honor: Maturity is calculated from the date of NOTING of the NON-ACCEPTANCE and NOT from the date of the acceptance for honor. Bills which MUST BE PROTESTED FOR NON-PAYMENT before it will be presented for payment: 1. Where a dishonored bill has been accepted for honor supra protest; or 2. Where a dishonored bill contains a referee in case of need. Presentment for payment to acceptor for honor, how made: 1. It must be presented in the place where the protest for non-payment was made it must be presented NOT LATER than the day following its maturity; 2. If it is to be presented in some other place other than the place where it was protested, then it must be forwarded within the time specified in Section 104. Note: Delay in making presentment is excused when the delay was caused by events which are BEYOND HIS CONTROL and NOT IMPUTABLE TO DEFAULT, MISCONDUCT or NEGLIGENCE. When a bill is DISHONORED by the ACCEPTOR FOR HONOR it must be protested for non-payment by him. Reason: In order to fix the liability of the indorsers. PAYMENT FOR HONOR Requisites for payment for honor: 1. The bill has been protested for non-payment; 2. ANY PERSON, even a party thereto may pay supra protest. NOTE: As distinguished from acceptance for honor the acceptor for honor MUST BE A STRANGER. In payment for honor the PAYOR SUPRA PROTEST may even be a PARTY to the instrument.

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Form for payment for honor: 1. The payment must be attested by notarial act appended to the protest, or form an extension to it; and 2. The notarial act must be based in a declaration by the payer for honor.

Procedure for payment for honor: 1. The payer or his agent goes to a notary public and declares his intention to pay the bill and for whose honor he pays. 2. The notary then records the declaration in the protest or in a separate paper attached to it. 3. The payor then notifies the person for whose honor he pays within reasonable time. Purpose of payment for honor: Instead of simple negotiation to the person desiring to pay, payment for honor may be availed of when the holder does not want to indorse the bill and thereby incur the liabilities of an indorser or of one negotiating by mere delivery. Preference of parties offering to pay for honor: - The person WHOSE PAYMENT will DISCHARGE MOST PARTIES to the bill is to be given the preference. Effects on subsequent parties where bill is paid for honor: 1. All parties subsequent to the party for whose honor it is paid are discharged. 2. The payer for honor is subrogated for and succeeds to both the rights and duties of the holder as regards the party for whose honor he pays and all parties liable to the latter. Effect if the holder REFUSES to receive payment supra protest? He loses his right of recourse against any party who would have been discharged by such payment. Rights of payer for honor: 1. He acquires the rights of the holder under Section 175; and 2. He has also the right to receive both the bill and the protest. BILLS IN SET Bills in set one composed of various parts, each part being numbered and containing a reference to the other parts, all of which parts constitute but one bill. Purpose of bill in set: In order to increase the probability of the bill reaching its destination, and to avoid the difficulties which would arise in case of loss or miscarriage on the way of the bill. Right of holders where different parts are negotiated:

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Where two or more parts are negotiated to different HOLDERS IN DUE COURSE the HOLDER whose title FIRST ACCRUES AS BETWEEN SUCH HOLDERS is the TRUE OWNER of the bill. Liability of holder who indorses two or more parts of a set to different persons: - He is liable on EVERY SUC H PART; and - EVERY INDORSER SUBSEQUENT to him is LIABLE on the part he has himself indorsed AS IF SUCH PARTS WERE SEPARATE BILLS. Acceptance of bills in set: - The acceptance may be written on any part and it must be written on ONE PART only. Effect if the drawee accepts more than one part: - If the drawee ACCEPTS MORE THAN ONE PART and such accepted parts are negotiated to different holders in due course he is liable on every part as if it were a separate bill. Payment by acceptor of bills drawn in sets: - When the acceptor of a bill drawn in a set pays it without requiring the part bearing his acceptance to be delivered up to him, and the part at maturity is outstanding in the hands of a holder in due course he is liable to the holder thereof. Effect of discharging one of a set: - Where ONE PART OF A BILL DRAWN in a set is discharged by payment or otherwise THE WHOLE BILL is DISCHARGED except as otherwise provided. PROMISSORY NOTES AND CHECKS Promissory Note is an unconditional promise in writing made by one person to another, signed by the maker, engaging to pay on demand, or at a fixed or determinable future time, a sum certain in money to order or bearer. NOTE: Where a note is drawn to the makers own order, it is NOT complete until indorsed by him. Special types of promissory notes: 1. Certificate of deposit - is a written acknowledgment by a bank of the receipt of money on deposit which the bank promises to pay to the depositor, bearer, or to some other person or order. - It is NOT ipso facto negotiable it must first comply with the requirements provided under Section 1, NIL. 2. Bonds - A promise, under seal, to pay money. - The bond certifies that the issuing company is indebted to the bondholder for the amount specified on the face of the bond, and contains an agreement of the company to pay the sum at a specified time in the future, and meanwhile to pay a

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specified interest on the principal amount at regular intervals, generally six months apart. They are negotiable if it the requisites in Section 1, NIL are complied with. Classes of Bonds: 1. Mortgage bonds 6. Income bonds 2. Equipment Bonds 7. Convertible bonds 3. Collateral trust bonds 8. Redeemable Bonds 4. Guaranteed bonds 9. Registered Bonds 5. Debentures 10. Coupon Bonds those which are attached a sheet of dated, numbered and similarly printed coupons which the bondholder may cut off when due or thereafter. Such coupons may be served and deposited in a bank, negotiated before the maturity of the interest they represent, and transferred just like any commercial paper. They are negotiable if it the requisites in Section 1, NIL are complied with. 11. Bank Notes - Are promissory notes of the issuing bank payable to bearer on demand and intended to circulate as money. They are regarded as cash and pass from hand to hand without any evidence of titled in the holder than that which arises form possession. However, they are not money. 12. Due Bills - is an instrument whereby one person acknowledges his indebtedness to another. CHECK is a bill of exchange drawn on a bank payable on demand. It is a written order on a bank, purporting to be drawn against a deposit of funds for the payment of all events, of a sum of money to a certain person therein named or to his order or to cash and payable on demand. NOTE: - Acceptance is NOT required for checks for the same are PAYABLE ON DEMAND. Check is not Legal Tender, but produces the effect of payment when: a. The check was encashed. (Encashment is not limited to physical encashment over the counter of the drawee bank. A check can be considered encashed through the clearing house, or when the check had been credited to the account of the creditor) b. When through the fault of the creditor the check is impaired c. In case of redemption Kinds of checks: 1. Ordinary CheckThe most common check issued by a bank to a client who opens a checking account 2. Cashiers check it is a check drawn by the cashier of a bank in the name of the bank against the bank itself payable to a third person or order.

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3. Managers Check a drawn by the manager of a bank in the name of the bank against the bank itself payable to a third person. It is similar to the cashiers check as to effect and use. 4. Gift Check-Similar to a cashiers or managers check and may be signed either by the cashier or manager. It is indicated as a Gift Check, so as to be used as a gift for birthdays, weddings, graduations and similar occasions. 5. Memorandum Checks a check on which is written the word memorandum, memo, and mem, signifying that the drawer engages to pay the bona fide holder absolutely and not upon a condition to pay upon presentment and non-payment. - If it bounces the drawer can be charged for violation of BP 22. 6. Certified Checks a check on which the drawee bank has written an agreement whereby it undertakes to pay the check at any future time when presented for payment, such as, by stamping on the check the word certified or Good For Payment and underneath it is written the signature of the cashier. 7. Travelers Check- one issued by a bank to a holder, usually a traveller, who must put his signature upon purchase of the check and countersign with the same signature on the space indicated on its face or back when using the check as a mode of payment in his travel. When these checks are lost or stolen, the purchaser can notify the agent of the seller anywhere in the world and prevent the use of the lost or stolen travellers check. 8. Crossed check One which has two parallel lines, usually on the upper left hand corner. How is crossing of check done: -it is usually done by drawing two parallel lines transversally on the face of the check. A check may be crossed (1) specially or (2) generally. Crossing specially a check is crossed specially when the name of a particular banker or a company is written between the parallel lines drawn transversally on the face of the check. Here, the drawer is instructing the drawee bank not to honor the check unless the payee is identified by another bank Crossing generally a check is crossed generally when only the words and company are written between the parallel lines, or when nothing is written at all between the parallel lines. Here, the drawer is instructing the drawee bank not to honor the check unless the payee is identified by the particular bank named in between the two parallel lines. NOTES: 1. Under crossed check the payee has the duty to ascertain the holders title to checks. 2. Drawee should not encash a crossed check but merely the same for deposit. 3. Where other than payee of crossed checks presented it for payment, there is no proper presentment and drawer is not liable thereon. Effects of Crossing a check 1. The check may not be encashed but only deposited in the bank 2. The check may be negotiated only once to one who has an account with a bank 3. The act of crossing the check serves as a warning to the holder that the check has been issued for a definite purpose so that he must inquire if he has secured the check pursuant to that purpose.

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Advantages of crossing check: - it is a good precaution when it is to be forwarded by mail or when it is entrusted to an agent and the drawer wants to be sure that it will be paid to the rightful owner.

Features of the Check I. Face. 1. Date 2. Payee 3. Amount in figures 4. Amount in words 5. Drawer (Account Name) 6. Drawee-Bank 7. Account Number 8. Check Number 9. Magnetic Ink Character Recognition Code (MICR)a code designed to facilitate the clearing of checks among banks. 10. Space for signature of the drawer II. Dorsal Side/Back of the Check 1. Space for indorsement (signature & address of the indorser) Check when should it be presented for payment: A check MUST be presented for payment within a reasonable time after its issue or the drawer will be discharged from liability thereon to the extent of the loss caused by the delay. must be presented within six (6) months otherwise it will become stale. - a check under BP 22 must be presented for payment to the bank within 90 days from date so that the holder will enjoy the benefit of the prima facie presumption that the maker, drawer, or issuer knows at the time of issue that he does not have sufficient funds in or credit with the drawee bank for payment of such check. A check is a bill of exchange payable on demand is intended for immediate use and not to circulate as a promissory note. Effect if the check was allowed to become stale? (Stale when not encashed w/in 6 months) - the drawer is discharged but only to the extent of the loss caused by the delay. Hence, if no loss or injury is shown, the drawer is not discharged. Certification of check is an agreement whereby the bank against whom a check is drawn, undertakes to pay it at any future time when presented for payment. A bank is not obliged to the depositor to certify checks.

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The certification of a check is EQUIVALENT to an ACCEPTANCE.

Form of certification: - No particular form is required BUT IT MUST BE IN WRITING. The letters O.K., with the initials of the cashier of a bank do not constitute a sufficient certification under modern banking practice.

Effect of Certification: 1. It is equivalent to acceptance and is the operative act that makes the drawee bank liable; 2. It operates as an assignment of the funds of the drawer in the hands of the drawee bank; and 3. If obtained by the holder, it discharges persons secondarily liable thereon. Effect where the holder of check procures it to be certified. - Where the holder of a check procures it to be accepted or certified, the drawer and all indorsers are discharged from liability thereon. Indorsers subsequent to the certification are not discharged.

When check operates as an assignment. A check of itself does not operate as assignment of any part of the funds to the credit of the drawer with the bank, and the bank is not liable to the holder unless and until it accepts or certifies the check. Stop Payment Orderan instruction by the drawer addressed to the drawee bank directing the latter not to honor or pay the check. A drawer may stop payment of the check before the same is accepted, certified or paid by the drawee bank. Requisites for Stop Payment Order 1. It must describe the check with reasonable accuracy 2. It must be given to an authorized officer or employee of the drawee bank 3. It must be positive and unqualified 4. It must give the bank sufficient time prior to acceptance, certification or payment to enable the bank, in the exercise of reasonable diligence to stop payment. Iron-Clad Rule: Prohibits the countermanding of payment of certified checks. Cases when Bank May Refuse Payment 1. The bank is insolvent 2. The drawers deposit is insufficient or he has no account with the bank or said account had been closed or garnished 3. The drawer is insolvent and proper notice is received by the bank 4. The drawer dies and proper notice is received by the bank 5. The drawer has countermanded payment 6. The holder refuses to identify himself 7. The bank has reason to believe that the check is forgery.

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