Tell it to SunStar: A typical Filipino family?

THIS is a story of three married sisters and a brother. This typical family rose from humble beginnings to a life of wealth, but its happy relationship turned into an unfortunate estrangement.

Prima, the eldest, is married with no children. She has a husband who is educated and stubborn and who always got into trouble and often kicked out. But he is a boot-licker to the father-in-law, and has a small business that supplies raw materials to his wife’s company.

Segunda married to a poor but witty husband who works as the chief mechanic of his father-in-law’s company.

As for Trinidad, same story. She got a minimally educated husband who becomes an office clerk answering phone calls for the company.

Brother Anjun and his wife became the company’s vice president and operations manager, respectively. While the parents were still alive, Anjun already saw how the three brothers-in-law were meddling in the company’s affairs.

Why did this happen? Why did their wives allowed the practice?

Prima’s husband insisted on his conjugal rights and his entitlement. He thinks and believes he is entitled to it. The same thing with husband 2 and 3.

During a corporate family meeting, the issue was raised but the wives favored their husbands. And the brother kept one eye closed to avoid a major conflictt.

When the parents died, the time came to divide the property. A family mediator and lawyer was around to help forge a settlement, and everybody agreed that the brother buys out all the sisters’ share and he retains the handling of the business.

What made it ugly was what happened after a few years. The sisters’ dividends dwindled. They asked for more. Brother Anjun refused to give in. A lawsuit was filed. Their children got involved.

In one unfortunate event, things got nasty. Somebody got killed. Two of the sisters and the first son-in-law were involved, were found guilty and imprisoned for life.

As their lives ended up wasted, people asked why? Is this because of love? Is this a case of “I don’t care as long as I’m in love”? Do women naturally have a weaker spot when it comes to love? Does love cloud the mind?

Are there practical women out there who choose men who with a better background and are financially well-off and educated? Or is this just another typical Filipino family story?--Randy Jugado

Why fully close the flyover?

I am worried about the plan of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to close the Tabunok flyover for two months for repairs.

DPWH wants to close the flyover only at certain points of the day. But the Talisay City Government wants full closure. Ngano man?--Dante Derimas
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