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This practice is supposed to be illegal and the hospital staff can not physically detain you or prevent you leaving. If they try, just warn them they are in for serious resistance in addition to you taking the hospital to court. I assume the staff would back down at that point or face criminal charges. In addition, if you have a friend or relative present, call the police and tell them you are being illegally detained. It would be very helpful if you or someone filmed the interaction, so as to not get into a dispute about what was said.
There is no way the hospital can defend itself in court for breaking the law. Most Filipinos do not know their rights and rot in the hospital until their relatives come up with the ransom, often borrowing money at outrageous interest. The hospitals get away with such egregious criminality because Filipinos do not stand up for their rights. And some foreigners have been caught up in the scam as well.
I decided to sell most of my oversized items and just ship two. I'm keeping my telescope and sausage stuffer. I was able to take both apart so they will (barely) fit in balikbayan boxes. The telescope and tripod are in the boxes dianglely and from top to bottom. The stuffer fit ok after taking it apart. Thanks to all that responded to my post!
That is definitely a cobra. You can tell by the nose and head scale configuration and by the eyes which are close to the nose. If you were bitten, and have not suffered any ill effects, then it was a dry bite in which no venom was injected. Very likely the snake was as surprised as you were and immediately struck out without loading venom. But once the snake was hiding, you can bet it was in full defensive mode and ready to kill if attacked.
Consider yourself an extremely fortunate person. Anytime you see 2 holes together, then most certainly it was a snake bite, and the fact you did not notice it right away was probably due to high Adrenalin running through your body and that cobra fangs are not long and do not penetrate very far. In addition, because of the short fangs, the cobra actually has to chew when biting in order to inject the venom.
Mangkhut” is also expected to boost the southwest monsoon, which will bring occasional moderate to heavy rains in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Siquijor, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Island, Lanao del Sur, Palawan, Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Palawan and Western Visayas.
Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/09/12/1850894/pagasa-warns-heavy-rains-possible-storm-surge-due-mangkhut#AWbbEBx8Izrl1A2H.99
I am curious about which Chicago "burb" you lived in. I lived in Orland Park, IL from '71 - '78. I've been in Madison, WI for the past 5 years, going back to the Philippines next year, probably in June.