The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. - Sun Tzu
A good friend of mine bought a house in Cavite, in a subdivision managed by a real estate company owned by a very rich lawmaker. When they were first shown the site map, a creek exist a few hundred meters away from their prospected house. They signed the necessary documents and finished paying the last installment in 2006.
Lately, they received news that the creek has changed course and now eating vacant lots a few meters away from their backyard. Anak nang tinapa, hinde pa nga na titirhan yung bahay kakainin na nang ilog. Alarmed, they e-mailed the subdivision management about the situation. They must have sent 5 letters for the past weeks without any response from the recipient. Finally in desperation, they e-mailed their final letter, threatening that if no action is done, they will dissipate their story in the internet. After two days, they received a letter from the management, stating that they are preparing a site inspection to build riff-raffs along the banks of the creek.
I surmise that since the target clients of this subdivision are OFWs, as shown by their commercial ads on TV, a negative story dispersed as chain letter in the internet is disastrous to their business. Afraid of another “Malu Fernandez” scandal, they have no option but to abide to home-owners’ will.
Some business deals are sealed by trust and a handshake. Some, you have to break the other person’s arm to fulfill his part of the bargain. Gone are the days when a person’s word and integrity are enough to gain another person’s confidence. In a dog-eat-dog society like ours, one should be shrewd when dealing with strangers, friends or even relatives. One should always read the fine prints and what’s between the lines.