September 30, 1986
144 SCRA 553
A CREEK is a recess/arm extending from a river and participating in the eb and flow of the sea. It is a property belonging to the public domain. It is not susceptible to appropriation & acquisitive prescription because such is
As a public water, it cannot be registered under the Torrens System in the name of any individual.
Its nature as property of the public domain cannot be modified by the construction of irrigatoon dikes by the National Irrigation Authority, or by its conversion into a fishpond.
Hence, a compromise agreement adjudicating the ownership of such property in favor of an individual is null and void.
The compromise agreement has no legal effect since it is contrary to law and public policy.