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Luck—or influence?

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The Ayala Group of Companies is either very lucky or very influential and persuasive. In less than a week, it has bagged two billion-peso projects—the unified ticketing system for LRT 1, LRT 2, and MRT 3, and the development of the 7.7-hectare prime property of the Negros Occidental provincial government in Bacolod, adjacent to the provincial capitol. And only last January, the Quezon City government and the National Housing Authority broke laws to eject the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation from a 7-hectare property on Quezon Avenue, over which the MSBF has a 50-year usufruct which will be in effect for 14 more years, in order to hand it over to Ayala Land.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Prime land

In every administration’s desire to generate additional revenues, the idea of selling land occupied by units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines always arises.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Setting the record straight on Picar, Amali projects

We write in behalf of Picar Development Inc. and AMA Land Inc. (Amali) to set the record straight on the developments related to their projects that Conrad Banal wrote about in his column titled “Law and ordeal” (Inquirer, 4/11/13).

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Love’s definitions don’t match marriage reality

After I wrote a love letter as my “Theme No. 1” in our Grade 2 class in 1937, our lady teacher eloped with her boyfriend. That was more than seven decades ago. Since then, I’ve come to realize that love’s definitions in the dictionary do not match with married life’s actual realities. While it is [...]

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | 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 »

Gotesco has new victim: Evercrest Golf Club

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Remember Gotesco Investments (Gotesco), the company that was able to have a 22,585.80-square-meter Caloocan City-owned lot worth more than P182 million titled to its name without paying Caloocan a single centavo and there built the first Ever-Gotesco shopping mall, which was gutted by fire recently; the same company that grabbed the Gotesco Tower in Manila from its new owners (As I See It, 11/9/12), the same company that took over the property of Joey de Jesus in Marikina City on the same day that it grabbed Gotesco Tower? It has struck again, this time at the Evercrest Golf Club and Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

QC gov’t not being fair to property owners

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If you have been reading the business pages, then you must have read about Calata Corp. and the investigations being conducted by the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Posted: October 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Taxation without protection

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Like many government employees with fixed incomes and meager savings, my wife Karina and I have worried about not being able to help our children when they start searching for a permanent home of their own. Our situation is not very different from that of lower-middle-class employees in the private sector who hope to own a house at some point. Unless they work for a company with a housing plan, they usually end up renting apartments all their lives. Responding to this need, Hasik, the nongovernment organization that Karina headed in the 1990s, conceived of a housing collective for its staff that could serve as a model for young people who are just starting to save for a house.

Posted: September 8th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The truth behind the Seedling Bank takeover

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Quezon City administrator Vic Endriga sent a letter reacting to this column of July 11, 2012 about the takeover by the city government of the lot owned by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and leased to the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF). He said the city government gave the NHA and MSBF all the opportunities to settle the real estate tax delinquency on the property before selling it in a public auction.

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Relocation need not be forced

It is very evident that the current approach of the government to relocating informal settlers has failed miserably because it is done without an understanding of the various social aspects of the problem sought to be solved. The settlers claim that where they are is where they have their livelihood, the schools where their children go, etc.

Posted: May 7th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Definition of terms

Affinity—relationship of a husband to the blood relatives of his wife, or of a wife to the blood relatives of her husband.

Posted: February 25th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Dream property acquired at dream price

AS A concerned citizen, I follow religiously the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona. The Jan. 30 trial, I must say, was an eye-opener for me. As part of the country’s labor force and coming from a hardworking family, I feel strongly about this impeachment trial. I feel abused by a public official, [...]

Posted: February 7th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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