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Family Evicted from Apartment for Not Paying Rent Amid COVID-19 Crisis

A family was evicted from their apartment for not paying rent because the head of the family lost his job. But netizens feel angry that the family lost their home, particularly because compassion is needed in this time of difficulty.

Family Evicted in COVID-19 Crisis

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Photo credit: Nicole Ronquillo – taga MONTALBAN kami / Facebook

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, countless people have lost their jobs and found themselves with very little food to eat. With the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) extended until the end of April, many feel scared that they won’t last that long because they no longer have food to last a few more days.

But many netizens were also angry after learning that one family has lost their rented apartment because they failed to pay the rent. According to Nicole Ronquillo in a post on Facebook group “taga MONTALBAN kami”, this family was evicted from their rented apartment because they were not able to pay the rent.

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Photo credit: Nicole Ronquillo – taga MONTALBAN kami / Facebook

Ronquillo did not mention how many months’ worth of rent the family failed to pay but even if it were more than just one, many netizens think that this is not the best time to evict anyone, even with unpaid rent of several months. After all, with so many people losing family members to the virus, it is best for everyone to stay at home.

Where would the family sleep now that they lost their rented apartment?

According to Ronquillo, the family rents a place in Southville 8a, a subdivision in Rodriguez, Rizal. They served the owner’s family well when they were abroad, becoming the caretaker for the meantime but when they lost their job amid the COVID-19 crisis, they were just thrown out of the house.

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Photo credit: Nicole Ronquillo – taga MONTALBAN kami / Facebook

Ronquillo hopes that the family will find justice soon… and a house to stay in, too!

What’s a Caretaker?

A caretaker is a person employed to look after a house or even a public building in the owner’s absence. This is different from a janitor who works there while the owner is around.

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New Batch of 10+ Delivery Riders, Pranked with Fake Orders in Las Piñas

A new batch of 10+ delivery riders were pranked with fake orders delivered to the same address in Las Piñas, angering netizens anew. Many are calling for the government to hasten the national ID system and called for SIM registration so pranks like this won’t happen again.

Delivery Riders Pranked by One Customer

Some weeks ago, netizens were angry to learn about the prank that one customer did to over 10 delivery riders asked to bring food to one address in Las Piñas. But many did not expect that it will happen again in the same area!

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According to the housewife living at the address given by the fake customer in BF Resort Village, Las Piñas, the person who made the order is a certain “Marl dela Cruz”. However, many doubt that this is the prankster’s real name.

The house owner was surprised when several riders arrived at their house asking for “Marl”. She told the riders that there is no one living in their house with that name. But one of the riders even showed her the instruction from “Marl” that an extra Php100 will be given to the delivery rider because the customer was unable to change the pin on their location.

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With more riders arriving at the address, they were shocked to learn that the prank orders amounted to over Php20,000! The housewife took pity on the riders but can’t also pay for these orders. There’s just too many food for them to pay for, even if they wished they could help out these poor guys who fell victim to the prankster.

As of press time, the identity of the prankster remains a mystery but many are hoping that he/she will be apprehended soon!

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House Bill Seeks Jail Time for Bogus Buyers

With so many stories about delivery riders getting pranked by bogus buyers, Ako Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr. filed House Bill No. 6958 or the proposed Food and Grocery Delivery Services Protection Act. This bill aims to protect delivery riders as well as their corresponding service providers from bogus buyers, prank customers, and last-minute cancellations.

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Singer Gets Blocked by Groom Who Wanted Her to Sing 20 Songs for Free at Wedding

A singer gets blocked by a groom who wanted her to sing 20 songs for free at his wedding! The guy told her that she is greedy for asking payment because she is “just going to sing”! Tsk. Tsk.

Singers Gets Blocked by Groom

These days, a lot of singers get exposure from TV and online shows. They gain followers from these shows, allowing them to make a name for themselves and also make money. Since many of them become singers for a living, they do need to earn money from their shows and invitations.

Photo credit: Patricia Joy Peñano / Facebook

Patricia Joy Peñano became part of the “I Can See Your Voice” TV show on ABS CBN as “Secret Songer”. Since her stint on the show, she received a lot of messages from fans, asking her to sing at their wedding or some other special event.

Since she enjoys singing and can also earn from these events, she does not mind guesting in these special occasions.

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But back in May, she had an encounter with a groom who demanded that she sing 20 songs at his wedding – for free! He actually got angry that she wants to be paid for singing 20 songs because he thinks that she should do it for free because “she’s just going to sing”.

Photo credit: Patricia Joy Peñano / Facebook

While singing is easy for singers, of course, doing it as someone’s wedding (especially someone they don’t even know) is a job, not something that one should expect to be free of charge! Tsk. Tsk.

Photo credit: Patricia Joy Peñano / Facebook

The groom name-dropped a Mayor, saying he is their relative and that if Peñano will sing at his wedding, he can help her become popular because he will share their videos for his followers and friends.

Photo credit: Patricia Joy Peñano / Facebook

Peñano politely declined but he got so mad that he said so many hurtful words at her, then blocked her! The singer only posted about the incident recently, saying that this should be a lesson for others, too.

Finding a Wedding Singer

Finding a wedding singer can be tricky but if you know someone who can sing well, you can invite him/her to sing at your wedding. Don’t expect them to do it for free, however, especially if you want them to sing several songs.

Often, wedding coordinators will recommend a good singer or may already offer a package that includes everything, such as the wedding singer and reception emcee.

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British Guy Living in the Streets after Pinay Wife Allegedly Ran Away with His Money

A British guy is left living in the streets after his Pinay wife allegedly ran away with all his money. The foreigner, now 75 years old, relies on the mercy of Filipinos to have food.

This led to many netizens expressing concern on his well-being and wishing that he can go back to his home country where he might have a better life…

British Guy Allegedly Duped by Pinay

A lot of foreigners move to the Philippines after visiting the country and falling in love with its beauty. But there are also many who did so after falling in love with a local.

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Considering that their money has more value in the Philippines, a lot of foreigners are able to buy lots of properties, build plenty of businesses, and own various vehicles. However, this is usually under the name of their Filipino partners because foreigners are not allowed to solely own properties in the country.

This led to many gold-digger Filipinos taking advantage of the law. Apparently, British guy Arthur Ernest is among those who fell under these schemes. According to the locals, he used to own a computer shop at Halang in Canlalay, Biñan in Laguna. However, he was later spotted living in the streets and relying on the kindness of the locals for food.

Many knew that his wife, a certain Elsa Freeman, co-owned the computer shop but they had not seen her since.

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Some think she might have passed on but others said she now lives in Canada and has essentially left Arthur after allegedly running away with his money. Though netizens are not sure what really happened between the two, what’s sure is that the British guy is now so poor that he can’t even afford to buy food or medicines for his diabetes.

Can Foreigners Own Property in the Philippines?

According to the law, foreign nationals are not allowed to have outright ownership of real property but only pertains to private land. The Philippine Condominium Act allows foreigners to buy their own condo units, as long as 60% of the building is owned by Filipinos.

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