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Old 22nd November 2014, 11:48 PM
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This statement is more false than any other I've ever read.

I've been all over Philippines, the problem is that they let TOO MANY in their home. It is not odd to see the entire barangay outside your house sharing your television through open windows.

It is very common for Filipinos to walk right up to someone's window and look in.

Which is how westerners get caught unexpectingly by intruders or robbers. Complacency to the common environment is number one way to become a victim.

My wife is still laughing at the statment Filipinos don't let anyone in their home. Maybe in quezon city.... but outside of Cebu and Manila I've seen that the opposite is true; they are naively welcoming.
I don't blame the wife for laughing, I sometimes laugh at the in-law and visitor antics and at first it's funny but having to buy items over and over again for decades it takes it's toll on the pension.

Provincial living is a wake up call and a different living from the city area's (apartment/condo's/gated community). If a family is dirt poor, in the province (most are) their gonna allow anyone into their homes because basically the visitors are gonna help pay for things but those that live here and with some wealth and stocked goods will have various outside patio area's for talking, drinking, short events.

If for some reason the family does come into the home (works as maids, or a short visit from the city) they will come into the home but many of the pilfer-able items are locked up in another room, fridge with lock on it, not at my home but I've seen this.

It's no joke in my area, you allow guests, in-laws to come into your home, once again I want to reiterate (the province has so many dirt poor people), you'll lose light bulbs, coffee, cream, sugar, rice, oil, soap, detergent, I could go on, they all tuck away plastic bags in their pockets, it's not enough you share your food and drink with them they'll steal, pick your bones dry and smile as they leave.

I na´vely for decades allowed family, unaccompanied visitors to come into the home and everybody sings cumbia but that doesn't work very well for a guy on a pension, finally got my wife on board when I pointed out how badly we were getting taken advantage of, a good chunk of our change was buying things again needlessly it can add up. When we are invited to an event everybody is outside the home on the side of the house in a shaded or patio area, not in the house and it also usually turns out we have to buy food and drink, I've learned to accept as it is and try to work with it by doing what everybody does here, sit out in the patio area's when guests arrive.
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I don't blame the wife for laughing, I sometimes laugh at the in-law and visitor antics and at first it's funny but having to buy items over and over again for decades it takes it's toll on the pension.

Provincial living is a wake up call and a different living from the city area's (apartment/condo's/gated community). If a family is dirt poor, in the province (most are) their gonna allow anyone into their homes because basically the visitors are gonna help pay for things but those that live here and with some wealth and stocked goods will have various outside patio area's for talking, drinking, short events.

If for some reason the family does come into the home (works as maids, or a short visit from the city) they will come into the home but many of the pilfer-able items are locked up in another room, fridge with lock on it, not at my home but I've seen this.

It's no joke in my area, you allow guests, in-laws to come into your home, once again I want to reiterate (the province has so many dirt poor people), you'll lose light bulbs, coffee, cream, sugar, rice, oil, soap, detergent, I could go on, they all tuck away plastic bags in their pockets, it's not enough you share your food and drink with them they'll steal, pick your bones dry and smile as they leave.

I na´vely for decades allowed family, unaccompanied visitors to come into the home and everybody sings cumbia but that doesn't work very well for a guy on a pension, finally got my wife on board when I pointed out how badly we were getting taken advantage of, a good chunk of our change was buying things again needlessly it can add up. When we are invited to an event everybody is outside the home on the side of the house in a shaded or patio area, not in the house and it also usually turns out we have to buy food and drink, I've learned to accept as it is and try to work with it by doing what everybody does here, sit out in the patio area's when guests arrive.
They carry that mentality elsewhere....in Japan I'd be sitting in my apartment and they'd walk in, always swore I was going to start being nude in the house to surprise them. Still don't have a full set of Corelleware because of that haha.
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My wife told me, when she was a kid and they could not afford a tv, it was common to watch through the neighbors window. In our store, we put a small tv so it faces outside and all the kids and some of the adults watch it from the street...
As a general rule we do not allow people inside the house that we don't know. We do however have the Brgy Police, PNP, and Philippine Army patrols that will stop by our place maybe twice a week. Usually at 2:00 or 3:00am while on night patrol. They knock on the gate or text us and we get up and have a house full. We've done this for years as we have served on the PNP here ourselves. Loads of fun and my wife cooks hot soup or something good for snacks. One thing is for sure, we have a great police force and army detachment here and NO ONE tries to get in our house. Hahaha.
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As a general rule we do not allow people inside the house that we don't know. We do however have the Brgy Police, PNP, and Philippine Army patrols that will stop by our place maybe twice a week. Usually at 2:00 or 3:00am while on night patrol. They knock on the gate or text us and we get up and have a house full. We've done this for years as we have served on the PNP here ourselves. Loads of fun and my wife cooks hot soup or something good for snacks. One thing is for sure, we have a great police force and army detachment here and NO ONE tries to get in our house. Hahaha.

Thats exactly what we do here, It pays to know the local people, have a hard time trying to explain that to most expats...
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As a general rule we do not allow people inside the house that we don't know. We do however have the Brgy Police, PNP, and Philippine Army patrols that will stop by our place maybe twice a week. Usually at 2:00 or 3:00am while on night patrol. They knock on the gate or text us and we get up and have a house full. We've done this for years as we have served on the PNP here ourselves. Loads of fun and my wife cooks hot soup or something good for snacks. One thing is for sure, we have a great police force and army detachment here and NO ONE tries to get in our house. Hahaha.

Good idea, our inlaw-cousin is a barangay supervisor forgot his actual title but we invite him all the time and he's fun to talk with also, he has many barangay stories and we keep up to date on chismis.
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Thats exactly what we do here, It pays to know the local people, have a hard time trying to explain that to most expats...
Very true, only thing to use caution with is when new PNP officers transfer in. In our location we're lucky as the "bad eggs" are quickly transferred out.
Both my wife and I have served 7yrs on Brgy Police and 6yrs on PNP/PDEA anti-drug units. There is no salary but spending days at the local govt/mayors offices and PNP training seminars at Camp Crame, Manila great experience as well as fun.
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Well that's suspicious....
Not at all

A normal day in Philippines

As I said in another post, Crimes don't get investigated until a family member files charges and presses for investigation

And until something happens from the family, the crime is sort of never happened.

And enough slashing/stabbing etc get 'settled'

I was in a far off island, and the island boasts nearly zero crimes.

And when I was in the hospital I saw more than a dozen stabbing victims, road rages and all, but none were recorded as the victims refused to press charges

You are welcome, in believing the official statistics !!
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first, thank you for this thread. I Live in Calif. USA, with my Pinay GF. She wants to return to her home in Davao (she owns house) in 3 years and i come along of course. We will spend two weeks there this June. I have medical issues which are not discernible to casual observer and health care is part of my evaluation. As important as that is, I seem to be leaning toward personal safety and the overall crime I read about. Her house is in So Davao, and she has property on one of the Islands SE of Davao. Scale of 1 to 10 how much is safety a consideration? I notice strict gun laws related to foreigners. THanks in advance

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