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Legislators question QC business district project

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How did Ayala Land manage to have a joint venture agreement (JVA) with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to develop the North Triangle area into a business district? That’s government property, and the law mandates the conduct of a public bidding before it can be assigned to a private developer. Was such a bidding held? If it was an unsolicited proposal by Ayala, was it subjected to a Swiss challenge by other developers, as the law requires? The task of the NHA is to provide housing for the poor. Why has it entered into a deal to construct expensive commercial, residential, and business buildings for the rich in the remaining open space in Metro Manila?

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why QC government is grabbing MSBF gardens

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I have received many queries about the land-grabbing by the Quezon City government of the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF) Environment Center on Quezon Avenue. The most asked question was: Can City Hall really do that when the legal facts are against it? What are our courts doing?

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

QC gov’t oppressing MSBF and its tenants

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Land-grabbing in Quezon City is getting worse. The biggest land-grabber of all is the Quezon City government itself, which should be protecting the properties of taxpayers from land-grabbers like squatters.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

NHA: Kidney Center lot ours

Allow us to clarify issues raised by Neal Cruz, which could mislead the public about the legal position of the National Housing Authority (NHA) with respect to its properties occupied by the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF) and National Kidney and Transplant Institute, or NKTI (Inquirer, 11/30/12).

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

NHA-QC Hall-SMDC gang grabs NKTI property

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THE GOVERNMENT landgrabbers in Quezon City have struck again. It is not only squatters that are grabbing properties but also, in the unkindest cut of all, the government which is mandated to protect property rights. This time the victim is the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). The National Housing Authority has sold to the [...]

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Business district in North Triangle a bad idea

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Here is the latest chapter in the fight over the nurseries of Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF) on Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

MSBF site owned by NHA, improvements by QC

This is in response to Neal Cruz’s columns about the alleged inaction of the National Housing Authority (NHA), which led to the auction of the property occupied by the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF) and the takeover by the local government of Quezon City. NHA is the owner of the 7-hectare property located at the [...]

Posted: September 20th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

QC, NHA officials face raps over MSBF row

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As a result of the forcible takeover by the Quezon City government, gestapo style, of the 7-hectare lot on Quezon Avenue granted by law under usufruct to the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF), Mayor Herbert Bautista, City Administrator Victor Endriga and six other city officials, as well as Chito M. Cruz, general manager of the National Housing Authority (NHA), are now facing criminal and administrative charges for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and of the New Civil Code.

Posted: September 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

QC needs parks, not a business district

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The press relations officer of the Quezon City government, one Greg Banacia, sent a letter reacting to our Aug. 20 column on the takeover by City Hall of the Manila Seedling Bank gardens on Quezon Avenue. It was published in yesterday’s “Letters” page. It said that the auction sale of the property was sanctioned by the Supreme Court.

Posted: August 28th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why LRTA is losing too much money

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Scandals in government continue even as President Benigno Aquino III has made the fight against corruption the cornerstone of his administration. This one is worth P500 million and concerns the Land Rail Transit Authority’s (LRTA) extension to Cavite.

Posted: May 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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