Cutting the Deal

This is a good story on the inside workings of the Filipino Real Estate Industry, seen from the eyes of an influential industry player…

It is, like Everything Else, really a Game of Hard Ball…

And there were the endless meetings with The Family…


And there were the endless meetings with The Politicians…

“Good morning, Mayor.”

“Good morning, Ma’am, Sir.  Please have a seat.”

“How many families do you have, Mayor???”  She asked coolly. 

The Mayor nearly fell off his chair.

“Ma’am, that question is uncalled for.”  The Mayor replied, still trying to be charming.

“Not at all.  Very basic actually.  We want to know because that is the number of people you have to support… in style.”

The Mayor paused.  Then he answered:  “If you must know, I have left my wife but I continue to support her.  We have eight children:  four are married and I want to set up businesses for them.  I also have sixteen other children from other relationships.  Satisfied???” 

“Let’s get down to business, Mayor.  How much [ commission ] do you want???”  She asked frankly.

“I want Php 40.00 per square meter of The Development.” The Mayor answered squarely.

“Php 40.00 per square meter.  The Development is 1,000 hectares.  One hectare is 10,000 square meters.  1,000 hectares is 10,000,000 square meters.  You are asking for Php 400 million.  Impossible.”  She glared at him.

“Well, No Pay, No Signature, No Permit.  Simple as that!!!”  The Mayor declared.  “Think it over, Ma’am, Sir…  I am offering you a fair deal.  Your company will make a great deal of money, much more than Php 400 million, from this development.”

The minute They had left the Mayor’s Office, They called their investigators and tasked them to dig up Everything they could about The Mayor.

The minute They had left His Office, He called his goons and tasked them to follow The Team Everywhere They went in town, and to find out Everything they could about The Team.     


And there were the endless meetings with The Insurgents… 



  1. chong mo said,

    July 1, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Hello Toto:

    Still hanging around and enjoying your stories. My wife calls it “an addiction” actually. All is well here in this side of the woods.

    You’re right. Some people I know and some people I know about have not been actually hit by CARP. It’s all about having great lawyers I guess.


    Chong mo

  2. July 1, 2007 at 5:18 am


    You’re absolutely right.

    Land Reform is a Sham and a Failure. Only The Stupid [ like My Family ] were caught in The Scam. All in the name of Social Justice which never even happened.

    Toto Gonzalez

  3. July 1, 2007 at 5:16 am

    chong mo:

    Great to see you here!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  4. yoyet said,

    June 29, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Just to comment, thousands of hectares are still “owned” by individuals/families/corporations all over the country, even in laguna

  5. chong mo said,

    June 29, 2007 at 5:57 am

    hmmm. With CARP and all, I wonder who still has a thousand hectares of land in that area?

    chong mo

  6. June 29, 2007 at 5:10 am


    Fiction??? Not at all. 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. zippo said,

    June 28, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Somewhere in Laguna?

    Z 🙂

  8. Anton Sy said,

    June 28, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Hmmmm…a very interesting (fictional???) story……….please continue the novela…….:-)

  9. June 26, 2007 at 6:23 pm


    Great to see you here!!! How’s Everything???

    Warmest regards to Chuck.

    Toto Gonzalez

  10. Mike said,

    June 25, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Toto! 🙂

    Great blog! I’m looking forward to reading this particular story.

    God bless!


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