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Section: General News - The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed an earlier ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) ordering manning firms, Wallem Maritime Services, Inc. and Scandic Shipmanagement Limited, to pay an ailing seaman USD60,000 in disability benefits.
The SC Second Division, in a ruling penned by Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales, stressed that the perfection of appeals in the manner and within the period permitted by law is not only mandatory but jurisdictional and must, therefore, be strictly observed.
It also said that both agencies lost its right to assail the CA decision for its filing a late appeal.
Associate Justices Consuelo …