Effect of dismissal for failure to prosecute

Once a case is dismissed for failure to prosecute, such has an effect of adjudication on the merits and is understood to be with prejudice to the filing of another action unless otherwise provided for in the order of dismissal. (De Knecht vs. CA) Dismissal for failure to prosecute is an adjudication on the merits. Therefore, such dismissal should be challenged by appeal within the reglementary period. (G.R. No. 186175)