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Mall and large gathering area's or crowded spots are all opportunist area's for bombs or stealing the wallet, purse.
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Mall and large gathering area's or crowded spots are all opportunist area's for bombs or stealing the wallet, purse.
Very true and it is this kind of event on international news that emboldens these mindless dweebs to try the same thing here. Considering the lack of any credible security in most places it is quite concerning.
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Apparently, if you're Punjabi, not very!

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Really does make a guy wonder about personal safety living here. There are many unsafe places to live in the US as well as other countries-but it is getting a bit concerning with all the crap going all over this country. Maybe when going from place to place we need to invest in a car like Pres Obama uses they call "The Beast" shown below. At least we'd have a safe place to duck into if needed. That is if we can trust the local driver we hire. Hahaha...

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Personally when I'm there I'm more worried about a cop needing lunch money and trumping up some fake charge for me to bribe him to let me go than anything. I think I'm more likely to get whacked in a mall here in the US since we have crackpots, they've been more deadly than any terrorist.

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To put a bit of perspective on safety. The US is barely below the ROP in the numbers as far as deaths per 100,000, the US rate is 4._ and the ROP is just over 5.2. Both these countries are well down over 100 other countries where the numbers go as high as 25 per 100,000. I have always felt good most anywhere I have been in the ROP, but have not been nor have any thoughts of going more south than the southern end of Cebu Island. Of course, I always try to maintain my circle of safety and be aware of circumstances about my immediate area along with trying to not be a target for any nondescript happenings,

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Are we as foreign visitors and expats actually safe anywhere in this country?
This article seems to give rise to the question and makes one wonder if this is Nazi Germany or the tropical paradise we have come to think it is...

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October 4, 2013



THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU.



Demonstrations Update/New Bureau of Immigration (BI) Policy

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens of the risks involved with demonstrations. In recent weeks a number of demonstrations protesting alleged government corruption have taken place across the country. The Embassy has received information that another rally is planned in Manila for Friday, October 4, in the Makati area. While this demonstration is planned as a peaceful protest, there is always the possibility that the demonstration could turn violent. U.S. citizens are therefore reminded to avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. The Embassy also wishes to remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances, and monitor local news sources for updates.



The Embassy would also like to advise U.S. citizens about a recent statement by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) regarding the participation of foreigners in demonstrations in the Philippines. According to the September 16, 2013, statement, the Bureau of Immigration warns foreigners against participating in public protests or political rallies. Foreign nationals who participate in these activities may be detained and deported for violating Philippine immigration laws. For a complete text of the statement, please visit the BI website. The statement can be found in the “News” section of the BI website. U.S. citizens are urged to consider the consequences of participating in demonstrations and to avoid remaining in the general area where demonstrations are occurring.



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We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Philippines enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at Welcome to Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for the Philippines, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for (Name of Country). For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website

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Just read in today's local paper of a Norwegan expat, in Victorias City, who has run afoul of Philippine law. The story says he was arrested and c charged with concubinage and violence against women. Last time I saw those it was a case of a guy being caught by his wife with a mistress!
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Just read in today's local paper of a Norwegan expat, in Victorias City, who has run afoul of Philippine law. The story says he was arrested and c charged with concubinage and violence against women. Last time I saw those it was a case of a guy being caught by his wife with a mistress!
I was going to say what double standards... but this is a standard here and your going to be deported for straying from your spouse, lose it all and nobody will even flinch.

Two expats in my Municipality had been living here for at least a decade but were taken out by the maids, having relations with the staff ... one man was German the other from Britain, I'm the only expat in the municipality now.
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I was going to say what double standards... but this is a standard here and your going to be deported for straying from your spouse, lose it all and nobody will even flinch.

Two expats in my Municipality had been living here for at least a decade but were taken out by the maids, having relations with the staff ... one man was German the other from Britain, I'm the only expat in the municipality now.
Really amazing isn't it? There are laws here to cover just about anything-just as there is in our home countries. Difference is that here it is selective enforcement. Kinda makes ya realize how a deer in the forest feels on opening day of deer season!!

The country in general wants to bring the tourists and expats in for the $$$ they bring with them to spend. Same goes for their efforts to lure large corporations into building and investing here. Yet almost everything they do is counter productive to that end. I wonder if they will ever learn one day ???
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