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Unmentioned Dangers in the Philippines

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Postby Jester » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:28 pm

Cornfed wrote:It seems that anywhere you go as a white Western man, certain locals are going to have you by the balls and can squeeze any time they want. This is a major symptom of the decline of the West. There was a time when people had good reason to be afraid of us. It would be great if Western men could become reacquainted with their balls and sense of group solidarity and begin to stand up for each other again. Since there is not much chance of that, about the only way to defend yourself is to become friends with local big-shots. Then when bullshit charges are filed against you, you can just make a phone call and the charges will go away. Of course that puts you in the debt of the big-shots, which, as they are likely to be essentially gangsters, puts you in their pockets.


Solutions. I like solutions.

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Postby ladislav » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:26 am

xiongmao wrote:I don't know about the Philippines but in Thailand everyone and everything is photographed in a police station. Even if you're in an embarrassing situation (e.g: ladyboy steals all your possessions - and your clothes!!!) you'll still end up with your photo all over newspapers and websites.



As long as it is in Thai, who cares? They see some chicken gut-looking letters and your photo. Maybe you are receiving a reward. In the Philippine press, it is all in English and can be looked up with a simple Google search.
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Postby kai1275 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:47 am

Quality post Ladislav. I learned alot from that. Very interesting indeed. Like someone else said, the differences between the Philippines and China is very different indeed! One thing is similar though. Face. I can see that face is still highly important and not to be f***ed with at all!
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Postby celery2010 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:50 am

i was in the PI last year, and i think that everything that ladislav says is true--

HOWEVER-- most issues come from 2 sources-- losing your cool and getting angry and women.

Women in 2 ways-- 1) Beware there are people trying to set you up

2) If you become involved long term-- people (friend& relatives) may try to sponge off of you.

It's best to appear poor-- unless you are in the super upscale areas-- not having large assets

However, if you are used to dealing with rough areas in places in America or Latin America- then the PI is not a big deal.

I went to the sketchiest places and walked at all hours of the night, went to completely local places-- never any issues.

Indeed i met a Korean guy who told me about some of his bad experiences.

But i think this is a similar issue in Latin America-- people get killed there too, just for being a westerner.

Thailand is not that safe either-- but most of it has to do with people there long term-- large amounts of money, a woman or a business deal.
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Postby ladislav » Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:03 am

But i think this is a similar issue in Latin America-- people get killed there too, just for being a westerner.


Latin Americans are Westerners, too. It has to do with looking whiter than the locals.

Granted, all of these warnings are of things that happen, but happen rarely, but still, they might happen, so you need to be on guard. Just like you should be on guard against crime in NYC. Americans know how to protect themselves in the USA, and live good lives here. Japanese, otoh, do not, so they become victims of crime in NYC, LA, SF, etc. Hence, a similar warning to ( white/black)Americans who still don't know all the hidden dangers lurking there.

The Philippines is a great place to live, and most of your days will be full of happy events and very friendly people. Most people have nothing bad happen to them. But bad things exist, and you should be aware of those just in case. What I described above is never mentioned, so I thought I would.
It's best to appear poor-- unless you are in the super upscale areas-- not having large assets


To an average Filipino, the words "white","foreigner", "American" and "Westerner" are synonymous. London is in America. Ukraine is part of America. A Spaniard and an Iranian are " Americanos". And all Americans are rich in their minds. So, you can appear poor, but they won't believe you.

Mguy's response is appreciated, but he's not a white guy (or a black guy,) so he would not be able to see the world/Philippines through our eyes and empathize or give advice. Just like we cannot see America through his eyes. And from my experience with Asian Americans whom I met in Asia, they are not necessarily on your side.

I went to the sketchiest places and walked at all hours of the night, went to completely local places-- never any issues.


No shyt! The anecdotal " I never had any issues" does not mean the issues do not exist. I was in Saudi Arabia for 6 years and never had any issues, but there were terrorist attacks there all the time, and people were dying. On a compound next to ours, 18 people were killed by terrorists. But I never had any issues.
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