NICANOR T. JIMENEZ, ET AL., plaintiffs and appellants

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This is an ordinary civil action, originally instituted in the Court of First Instance of Rizal, for the recovery, by plaintiffs Nicanor T. Jimenez, Carlos J. Albert and Jose L. Lukban, of several sums of money, by way of damages for the publication of an allegedly libelous letter of defendant Bartolome Cabangbang.

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Republic of the PhilippinesSUPREME COURTManilaEN BANCG.R. No. L-15905 August 3, 1966NICANOR T. JIMENEZ, ET AL., plaintiffs and appellants, vs.BARTOLOME CABANGBANG, defendant and appellee.Liwag and Vivo and S. Artiaga, Jr. for plaintiffs and appellants.Jose S. Zafra and Associates and V. M. Fortich Zerda for defendant and appellee.CONCEPCION, C.J.:This is an ordinary civil action, originally instituted in the Court of First Instance of Rizal, for the recovery, by plaintiffs Nicanor T. Jimenez, Carlos J. Albert and Jose L. Lukban, of several sums of money, by way of damages for the publication of an allegedly libelous letter of defendant Bartolome Cabangbang. Upon being summoned, the latter moved to dismiss the complaint upon the ground that the letter in question is not libelous, and that, even if were, said letter is a privileged communication. This motion having been granted by the lower court, plaintiffs interposed the present appeal from the corresponding order of dismissal.The issues before us are: (1) whether the publication in question is a privileged communication; and, if not, (2) whether it is libelous or not.The first issue stems from the

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