Some Filipino just don’t get it. Well, honestly some humans just don’t get it and sometimes all of us don’t get it.
Recently, a family that lives near me had their lights turned off because their bill was past due. A few couple of days later, their lights were back on. Then the owner came by and told them to get out within two days. Seems the tenant had not paid his bill in eight months!
Wow, how did the family get away with that! I’m wondering if the tenant may have paid by depositing money directly into the land owners bank account. Sometimes transactions are completed that way in the Philippines. Though, I think it is uncommon with rental situations. I don’t really know but can only speculate. Perhaps the owner was just going easy on them.
I’m also speculating, but my guess is the power company notified the owner that the power had been cut off and that was her final straw. Its possible the owner paid the bill and realized that he was now paying the renter to live there and that did it.
The owner told the guy to get out in two days or he would make him pay all the back rent. Surprisingly, the family did not move out by the deadline. The owner then brought the authorities with him to the home.
A couple of hours later, all their belongings were out under the carport and the family was taking their things away, one tricycle ride at a time!
Strange situation all the way around. It is unlikely that I’ll ever know if the owner will take the renter to court. Seems a bit pointless, I doubt the renter will have the money to pay him any time soon.
The monthly rental was only P1500 a month but that can be a lot of money for a Filipino family trying to make ends meet. Its only about $31 at the time of this story. The husband of the family owns his own business and the wife works at a local super market. Perhaps the business is loosing money and depleting their cash.
I felt sorry for them. There was nothing I could do to help them. I don’t have my own transportation but they needed a truck. I was surprised, none of his neighbors came to their aid with a small truck. I hope the family is able to recover. Filipino tend to be rather resilient though and I suspect they will. They have two lovely children.
Rusty Ferguson is an American Expat living in Bogo, Cebu.