BAES V. CA
224 SCRA 562
A parcel of land was dug by the government for the construction of a canal to streamline the river. Baes eventually bought the land, which was subdivided into 3 parcels. The middle parcel covered the canal. The government gave him another equivalent parcel as compensation. After resurvey, it was discovered that there were errors. New TCT’s were issued to represent the enlargements. Government opposed as the lots were allegedly unlawfully enlarged. Baes averred that he should own dried up land as the creek was discovered to the canal in his property.
If the riparian owner is entitled to compensation for the damage to or loss of his property due to natural causes, all the more reason to compensate him when the change in the course of river is effected through artificial means.