December 5, 2023

Dear Manang,
My friend has been receiving money from different members from our club and has not been depositing these in the bank. I know that she does not need money because she receives a high salary because she is a manager. However, it is expected that this is properly accounted for in order for the bank deposits to be reconciled with the expenses. I am doubting the next moves on reimbursements that will be made because I have not collected for some money I advanced. What do you think, am I right to feel this distrust?
Emrisa of Gladiola Street, Baguio City

Dear Emrisa,
Sometimes, we get the impression that some people should have all the money to back up other amounts that are entrusted to them. But often, this might not be so because we would never know if they are living beyond their means. Money is evil and the best way to keep trust is to properly account for it. The best way is to keep it in the bank and withdraw it with checks as what is practiced by most.
Remind her,

Dear Manang,
I have made this internal agreement with myself to just keep quiet in case I have a brush against anyone. The silent treatment will spare me from saying something that I will regret having said. However, I feel like my silence is also a root of injustice because I am taking all the verbal abuse. What is best?
Tonton of Crystal Cave, Baguio City

Dear Tonton,
I admire your belief that silence is the best way to avoid saying something unwarranted or hurting that cannot be taken back. However, you are right in saying this brings injustice too. You must speak and say your piece. I suggest that you write it down on paper so that you can choose your words and avoid saying anything wrong or something that you will regret. This way, too, you will have some evidence of what you wrote. Keep your verbal silence but send a letter to explain yourself.
Write it down,