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Old 10th May 2019, 10:45 PM
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The Canadian Government has had this warning up for years now. My wife's brothers live in Zambonga and tell me I shouldn't vist there.

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I lived in tagum city just north of Davao city. Very nice place. they even had an expat meeting there once a month. People knew about it. I felt very safe there. Very modern city on the main highway. I never saw anything out of the ordinary. No suspicious people either.

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The Canadian Government has had this warning up for years now. My wife's brothers live in Zambonga and tell me I shouldn't vist there.
That is excellent advice. I used to have to go to Zamboanga City for work a few years ago and my employer wouldnt let us go without armed security. Kidnapping for ransom happens way too much there.
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That is excellent advice. I used to have to go to Zamboanga City for work a few years ago and my employer wouldnt let us go without armed security. Kidnapping for ransom happens way too much there.
Exactly. You know when people from Mindanao tell a white not to go there they know the attitude. Don't tempt fate,thats just stupid.
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Hey guys. Lets look at the law of averages on kidnappings on Mindanao Island. Do you realize how many expats live there? Now put this in perspective to how many kidnappings that take place there. Not very often do you hear of a kidnapping of foreign expats. You would really have to flash around a lot of wealth for that to happen most of the time. I wouldn't move right into a battlefield like Marawi city. Use a little common sense. Mindanao Island is getting a bad rap. Most of the Island is safe. Just stay away from the southern most tip. Like I said don't move into the 'middle of the battlefield.

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Most governments have similar advisories, Pay attention to them but also take them with a grain of salt as the CYA tendency is strong in the consular service.

Pay attention to local conditions, talk to locals about the real dangers and just use some common sense about personal safety and you will do OK.

That said, since i have no particular need to go to Mindanao, I will pass on going there. If I had a reason to go then I would consider it and take appropriate precautions.
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The problem with talking with locals is that they have a totally different threat level to a foreigner and just because they feel safe that doesn't make it safe for a foreigner.
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I have found that locals feel that the familiar is safer and the next barangay is dangerous. Take that into account when talking to them, better to talk to someone with some worldly experience rather tha a local to whom a trip 30 kms to the next city is a major journey.
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The problem with talking with locals is that they have a totally different threat level to a foreigner and just because they feel safe that doesn't make it safe for a foreigner.
Absolutely agree.

We are targets for many different groups and individuals. No way am I going somewhere that my government basically says don't go, and if you do, and get into trouble, we probably aren't going to be able to do anything about it.

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.... No way am I going somewhere that my government basically says don't go, .....
The UK government once advised against going to Edmonton Canada due to the threat of polar bears. All bears will avoid major metropolitan areas and Edmonton is more than a thousand kms from any normal polar bear range.

You would not have been in any danger form polar bears there, if I remember correctly, even the Edmonton Zoo did not have any polar bears at the time.
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