By Neal H. Cruz
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.
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.
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).
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 [...]
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).