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The persistent professor and burial barongs AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 02/28/2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The persistent professor and burial barongs

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
02/28/2012
As oxymoronic as this might strike the ear, there are probably honest property developers in Metro Manila, but someone of my acquaintance — let’s call him The Professor — reckons there are several of the other kind as well. Along with fellow unit-owners in the condo tower where he resides, he has complaints about the developer and its contractor, and arising from this he, in his words, “without even trying have been made aware of five other cases where there have been serious complaints/legal actions by residents who did not get what they thought they signed up for.”

Those complaints range from “what appear to be shady or questionable practices (misrepresentation) in selling to customers, to illegal practices and the ignoring of the law regarding building plans, environmental issues, worker health and safety, lack of transparency and accountability, etc.”

In his own case the problems started when the developer announced that a third tower would arise on a site where residents were under the impression when they bought their units that there would be only two. A group of them put together a campaign, some members of which were then hit with a libel suit brought by the developer which, in due course, was thrown out by the prosecutor..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

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