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SM Land vs Ayala Land

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The rivalry between land developers SM Land and Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) is becoming bitter with Ayala emerging as the villain.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why not compromise on controversial hotel sale?

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Here IS the latest on the controversy over the sale of the long-abandoned McAdore Hotel in Dagupan City:

Posted: July 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Battle royale’ was never fought

I write in reaction to an item in Bizz Buzz “titled Ongpin-Ashmore battle royale” (Inquirer, 7/15/13). In fairness to the Ashmore Group and myself, I believe it is incumbent upon me to correct and put into perspective the comments made by Inquirer reporter Daxim Lucas.   In the article, which is generally accurate in most [...]

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The truly marginalized and underrepresented

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Only A few days before the elections, the Quezon City government exempted squatters in the National Government Center near the Batasang Pambansa from paying real estate taxes on their homes and stores. The government lots will be sold to them at very minimal prices. How lucky can squatters get. That is why Quezon City is called the paradise of squatters. And that is why squatters congregate there.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | 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 »

Important

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One, frankly, I couldn’t understand why no one asked if only Renato Corona’s unit in Bellagio was damaged by the typhoon. Serge Osmeña asked about the severity of the damage, Jinggoy Estrada asked about the severity of the typhoon, and the prosecutors and some senator-judges asked if it was normal for Megaworld to sell damaged units.

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Embarrassment of riches

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One, before the trial resumed last Monday, several senators again reminded the world about the impropriety of the prosecution bringing its case before the media, particularly in the form of press conferences. The prosecution had been warned, they said. If they didn’t comply they could be cited for contempt.

Posted: January 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Agonizing days

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Wilfredo S. Torres’ attempts to seize a portion of Maria Montessori School in Quezon City, backed by a local court and police, were agonizing for school president-directress Maritza Tecson.

Posted: October 2nd, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

SC should revisit judicial fees

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This is a true-to-life story. Two brothers inherited a parcel of raw real estate in Laguna then worth P30 million and became co-owners thereof with the title registered in their names since 1988. Relying on the government-backed security and reliability of their Torrens title, they never imagined their property would be gone without their knowing [...]

Posted: August 22nd, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Don’t let politicians change our Constitution

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THREE SENATORS and a congressman were the panelists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday: Senate President Protempore Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sen. Antonio Trillanes, and Rep. Amado Bagatsing of Manila. Senator Lacson explained the various corruption cases being investigated by the Senate, starting with the second-hand helicopters allegedly passed [...]

Posted: August 16th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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