The Ginebra saga in the Philippines has spilled into 2004. The appeal court yesterday upheld an order stopping Tanduay Distillers from manufacturing and selling Ginebra Kapitan gin, which its rival, Ginebra San Miguel Inc. claims infringes on its trademark.

In August last year, Ginebra San Miguel had asked the court to stop Tanduay from producing and selling its brand of gin. In November, Tanduay was given a 60-day reprieve allowing it to continue production and selling of Ginebra Kapitan.

The Court of Appeals ruled, in a 36-page decision, that the original injunction issued by a judge of the Mandaluyong regional trial court against Tanduay Distillers is justified. The appeal court's decision means that the Mandaluyong court can resume hearings on the case filed by Ginebra San Miguel.