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#1 surething1

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 05:17 AM

Would like to know opinions on the safety of a white american male staying a week or two in zamboanga city. anyone have any first hand experiences visiting zamboanga city? let me know. i know the area and the basics, so im looking for 1st hand accounts u could say.



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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:53 PM

It's not a problem at all. Just keep your wits about you and you'll be a ok. Contrary to what some may claim, there are many westerners down in Zamboanga City and none experience any safety issues. Downtown Zamboanga City is safer than the Colon area of Cebu City.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:18 PM

The US State Department has an active travel warning for the Philippines but the narrative points out to use EXTREME caution in the souther part of the country.

Not many places have a travel warning and that alone gets my attention but the narrative about the Philippines leads me to believe the southern Island of Mindanao is very dangerous:


Kidnap for ransom gangs operate in the Philippines . In October 2007, one such gang abducted a visiting U.S. citizen whose whereabouts are unknown at this time. Several other foreigners were also kidnapped for ransom in 2007...

...The central and western areas of Mindanao have also experienced bombings targeting bus terminals and public buildings. While those responsible do not appear to have targeted foreigners, travelers should remain vigilant and avoid congregating in public areas; a recent bombing outside the House of Representatives in Metro Manila resulted in a number of deaths and injuries to bystanders.

U.S. Government employees must seek special permission for travel to Mindanao


http://travel.state....tw/tw_2190.html

Also two Filipina have advised me to stay out. One from the Island of Mindanao. There are terror organizations in that region backed by Al-Qaeda. That means is not like walking down Colon St. There is real danger there and I'm not goiing myself, but I'd like too.


Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. The countries listed below meet those criteria.

Serbia 02/29/2008
Cameroon 02/28/2008
Nepal 02/25/2008
Chad 02/20/2008
Timor-Leste 02/15/2008
Philippines 02/13/2008
Sri Lanka 02/08/2008
Kenya 02/08/2008
Afghanistan 02/06/2008
Colombia 02/05/2008
Eritrea 01/18/2008
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 01/08/2008
Iran 01/03/2008
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:36 AM

Thank u penguin.

Flirtilizer........Abu Sayyef is not back by Al-Queda. Dont believe everything u hear. That is a very loose connection that has been overexploited for political reasons.

If something did happen to me, not just in the phils but anywhere, the last F***ing place i would expect to find help is the us embassy. worthless when u need them, completely worthless.

Anymore input anyone? Besides travel warnings? For god's sake they should have travel warnings on most big american cities. How about an advisory warning americans not to go to detroit.

Anyone else thats been there please advise........

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 05:05 AM

Thank u penguin.

Flirtilizer........Abu Sayyef is not back by Al-Queda. Dont believe everything u hear. That is a very loose connection that has been overexploited for political reasons.

If something did happen to me, not just in the phils but anywhere, the last F***ing place i would expect to find help is the us embassy. worthless when u need them, completely worthless.

Anymore input anyone? Besides travel warnings? For god's sake they should have travel warnings on most big american cities. How about an advisory warning americans not to go to detroit.

Anyone else thats been there please advise........


My wife Daisy and i have been to Zamboanga though it was a few yrs ago . Have expat friends that go there from time to time with no issue . Personally i was impressed with the city during our visit . I found it to be cleaner than many cities and the people polite and helpful . Sticking to the major downtown area and common sense would prevail . Having a filipino excort wouldn't hurt either .

Alan

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:30 AM

I have to agree with retired, I've been to Zamboanga twice, and it's where I married my wife four years ago. I found the people friendly and helpful. There's lots of military presence and guards at just about every store that you go into. They search everyone going in. Safer then the Colon are in Cebu????? I felt safer in Cebu then I did in Zam. and as far as cleaner then other cities???? Have to disagree there. While I was there my father-in-law wouldn't let me go anywhere by myself. If you go.. Latanka Hotel is a good place to stay. It's clean, good service, right on the ocean, and has a clean swimming pool. While I stayed there, every night around 6pm, six Philippine military guys showed up and patroled the grounds all night. There is also armed guards patroling around the grounds during the day, and one at the door at all times. I remember once when the wife and I got in a trycycle to go to Putik, the door guard noted the trycycles number. There is also check points all around the outskirts of the city. Take retireds advice, have a filipino escort with you, keep alert of you surroundings....Shortly after my wife got here in Canada, a bomb went off in a restaurant that we had frequented, and it was just down the street from the police station.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 10:07 AM

We have relatives that live there and places that foreigners frequent get blown up on a regular basis. It is a nice place to visit but I would not want to stay there for extended periods.

Places like Makati, Cebu City and a few others have lots of foreigners, so you just blend in and places like Zamboanga have a few, so you stand out. We all have to make choices in life, but why ask for trouble?

Also, according to news reports, a lot of the white people who have been kidnapped in the Philippines, were in Zamboanga when it happened.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 10:47 AM

While I stayed there, every night around 6pm, six Philippine military guys showed up and patroled the grounds all night. There is also armed guards patroling around the grounds during the day, and one at the door at all times. I remember once when the wife and I got in a trycycle to go to Putik, the door guard noted the trycycles number. There is also check points all around the outskirts of the city. Take retireds advice, have a filipino escort with you, keep alert of you surroundings....Shortly after my wife got here in Canada, a bomb went off in a restaurant that we had frequented, and it was just down the street from the police station.


Oh yeah, this happens in Detroit everyday........ maybe Beverly Hills too.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 11:34 AM

Beverly Hills? Now there is a hotbed of terrorism. Especially those yappy little dogs. :D :rolleyes:

Detroit. Yeah that wouldn't surprise me at all. If God was going to give the earth an ennima that's where he would put the tube. :D :(

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:30 PM

Hey Tom ... I deleted your double post ...... hope your condition didn't cause you to make that mistake ....... you know ...... the "old timers ... thing" ................ :rolleyes: :( :D :D B) :) :lol: :lol:




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