February 9, 2023

Dear Manang,
I recently noticed someone who was able to barge into a convention without registering and paying for it. It seems like she is using people to make her business progress. She may not be noticed for now but I wonder if it will catch up on her soon. Do I tell her?
Maganda of Happy Glen Loop, Baguio City

Dear Maganda,
Sometimes people are lonely and suddenly get the urge to socialize and mix with people. I wouldn’t worry too much about them because we are curious fellows and nothing goes unnoticed. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that no one is duped into some money deal that will expose her. Be friendly whenever you run into her. Who knows, she might just need a friend.
Make friends,
Manang

Dear Manang,
I am having some difficulty with a request for a statement for a friend. She wants me to witness for her in a court case. I am aware of how she treated her stepchildren because the children used to tell me how she would scream and shout at them. I also know how terrible she could get when something isn’t to her liking. Do I give in to the lies or share the truth or just shut up?
Cari of Sto. Nino, Baguio City

Dear Cari,
I am of the belief that what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Contributing to a bad situation does more harm than good. Therefore, I suggest you avoid doing harm to either side. The truth doesn’t always set people free even for the purest intentions. If you can make a sorry excuse for being busy or forgetting, do it. But if not saying anything will lead to more harm to others, like setting free a serial killer, then speak the truth.
Hold your truth for now,
Manang