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  2. I don't doubt much of the story, but parts seem to be missing. For example, at first there is no food (which ive heard before about PI jails), but then he's getting 3 meals a day. Also, while at first it's impossible to get a Tylenol pill in, he later has a cell phone and 200k in cash? (which the police then take by force). As far as the working, yes, it does actually sound like he was in violation of that. Just because an organization is not-for-profit, doesn't mean those on staff aren't drawing a salary. Sent from my SM-G925V using Tapatalk
  3. My old GS is six years now. I just picked up a GS pup now three months. No break-ins. And a fantastic companion, member of family.
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  5. It wasn't in the news that im aware of. After all it was only 3, 1/2 foreigner families that were robed. The subdivision is not gated with management, it is a new section that was added to brgy. 1 late 60's or early 70's. it was bold to do the b+e's in daylight hours. My best guess is the shabo heads are hurting because of the 6 kilo bust in San Carlos a couple days ago. Must have driven the local prices up. We have repaired and fortified the front gate and are in the process of installing a metal mesh gate on the front door. I'm thankful my wife wasn't hurt, we lost about 700, 000.P all in. Lesson learned, hopefully something good will come out of this. I have been encouraging my wife to get her firearms license for a couple of years now and I hope this will give her some incentive. I told my wife when we got married that a big target is now on her back and she has to be more careful that the scum of the earth don't pursue...
  6. Article is about a year and a half old, but is a good read February 11, 2017 By Timothy Walker Dave Bauer endured six months of hell at a Bureau of Immigration detention centre before being deported from the Philippines — just weeks after the birth of a baby daughter, who he can no longer see. Although nobody told him at the time, the trumped-up charge of “working without a permit” related to a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation that the American had founded. Here he tells the shocking story of how a Filipino with a grudge, and friends in the right places, can destroy a life with impunity: Overcrowding was a huge problem in Bicutan While moving from my condo in Makati in June 2016 I was confronted by my leasing agent, who was pleading with me to stay. I politely told her that I was sorry, but I wanted to move. There was no broken contract and she had a 10,000 peso deposit, which I knew I would never see again. The next day she called and became ‘ugly’, saying I owed her money and that if I didn’t pay, she would call her friend at the Bureau of Immigration. I moved and didn’t think too much about it until six or seven weeks later, while eating breakfast at McDonald’s, I was confronted by four immigration officers. I quietly went with them and was left in handcuffs while they made their ‘case’ against me. Seventeen hours later, with no food or water, I was taken to Bicutan, the Bureau of Immigration’s notorious detention centre in Bicutan, Taguig City, in the south of Manila. The squalor inside the detention centre I was ushered into the back of the jail where three solitary cells were. Forced into one of them I realised there was no cushion or pillow, a 5’2” wooden plank for sitting and sleeping, no electricity and it was open to the elements. When it rained I got wet and the corrugated roofing intensified the heat in the already stifling cell. Rats and mice Large rats and mice came and went day and night, and insects including huge mosquitos, biting roaches and stinging red ants were always present. Nobody even passed by my cell over the next three days, so food and water were out of the question. Once I got the attention of a BI employee and I told them that I needed water and food, I was told I had to buy my own. It was several weeks before I could even make a call, and that was only because another detainee helped me to smuggle in a cell phone. I was constantly told by staff members that they could ‘fix’ my situation for 150 to 300 thousand pesos. They also said I was in “big trouble” both in the Philippines and in America. Of course, I knew these lies were only intended to get me to pay up, so I refused. I went from 220lbs and in great shape to 174lbs due to a substandard diet of bread in the morning and rice with broth twice a day I calculated I was getting about 800 calories per day, well below the 2,100 calorie minimum set by the UN For basic human rights. The immigration detention centre sits in the middle of the Philippine National Police training headquarters and is also home to several other jails. If anybody thinks that being inside a police station at least provides a measure of safety, then think again… Robbed at gunpoint Just before Christmas, we were robbed at gunpoint by the police and their SWAT teams. They stole all cellphones, electronics and cash — all while guns were pointed at our faces. In cash alone, they made off with more than 200,000 pesos. As for health care, it’s just a joke. There is a woman who claims to be a doctor who comes at will, usually once a month, yet never addresses a detainee’s basic needs. I am disabled with titanium in my entire lower back and my cervical area. Pain is always an issue yet getting even a single paracetamol was nearly impossible, which left me bedridden for much of the time. Infections were rampant. As well as the usual MRSA-type problems, there were also issues with spider and rat bites. Even detainees with cancer are left untreated. Despite these conditions, the inmates never complain. It’s made perfectly clear that if any staff member gets pissed off, they will just set you up — all they have to do is claim you have drugs. If they’re really mad, they can throw a sachet of drugs at you, and them shoot you with utter impunity. Lawyers will promise you anything you want to hear and once you pay them, they do absolutely nothing. The trick here is to encourage you to fire them, so they get to keep your retainer fee without having to lift a finger. Trumped-up charge I was never told anything about why I was there until the fifth month of detention. Or maybe it just took them that long to think of a trumped-up charge? My crime, it turned out, was “working without a permit”. I had set up not-for-profit organisation to help protect battered women, exploited children and victims of human trafficking and this charitable endeavour was, apparently, “work”. After about six months, I was suddenly told to buy my own ticket home, that I was being deported and blacklisted from ever coming back… for what? I never even saw a judge or a courtroom! Even having to supply my own ticket for their arbitrary deportation, I was told that I had to fly on the national carrier Philippine Airlines. Bicutan is supposed to be a “temporary” facility, yet there were detainees who had been there for anything up to 14 years — many, like me, without charge. Many people might assume that their embassy would be on hand to help — but in my experience, as an American, that’s not something you can rely on at all. I now find myself blacklisted from the Philippines, where my baby daughter was born just after Christmas day. Unless I can get her over to the States — or overturn a non-existent charge — I will never be able to hold her in my arms again. Just remember, that if the wrong person in the Philippines crosses you, and points their finger, my experience could happen to you. http://philippineslifestyle.com/it-happened-to-me-how-i-was-locked-up-in-hellhole-then-exiled-from-family/
  7. Flakes

    Back Treatment

    Interesting so how long did the injection last?
  8. Irenicus

    Back Treatment

    A Doctor Richard Condor gave me an epidural steroid injection in my L5/S1 about three years ago. He's in Cebu. Worked great and effect was literally immediate. Like you, it was a herniated disk. Check him out - I think it was around 20-25K for the fluoroscope guided injection and the anesthesiologist.
  9. I hate you! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  10. When I got to Cebu in 2004, I noticed the iron bars 5 floors up in downtown Cebu, and wondered if spider man was real here. They come down from the top!
  11. wondersailor

    Coffee Trees Planted

    I love Youtube self proclaimed experts. Lost me when he had to rinse the filter. Yah, ok, one of those.
  12. Cgu

    Camotes Electric

    I hope you are still very young, so that it will happen during your life time. Do not get me wrong, I love the Philippines, but as long as know the Philippines nothing improved in any aspect (infrastructure, crime, cost, poverty, etc.) everthing actually worsened.
  13. A_Simple_Man

    Back Treatment

    Rent 2 caribaou. Tie arms to one. Tie feet to the other one. Make loud noise. Cheap. Only need to do it once.
  14. we heard rumors of a guy who claimed he could climb anything and was going to hit a very tall house in vista .... hummmm but as fate would have it he was shot during a drug raid a few days later so we never got to find out if it was our house side note... we do have a set of qube camera set up and I know camera will never prevent a burglary but then sure narrows down the people your looking for //////////// as to qube we now have a complete set up 8 camera installed cost 45.000 peso plus 20 peso a meter for cable of which we used 177 meters
  15. Flakes

    Back Treatment

    Hmmm yes cause its more weight thanks for ur help. I now traveling and next month be back then i going to decide what decompression device to buy..i read some reviews folks complaining that the strap slips..will go sm mall look at local offers or go for this one i will pm u cheers..
  16. A senior (anybody over 60) arriving with their Filipina wife (any age) can use either the senior line or the Filipino line (depending on which line is shorter). If you aren't entering with a 13A visa, then I would certainly bring your marriage license and ask for a BB stamp when you get to the Immigration Officer. Better yet, have your wife do all of the talking and have her ask. The trick to getting through immigration quickly is to NEVER get into a regular tourist line, if you can avoid it.
  17. Also interested, if they ever start actually running this service. Sent from my SM-G925V using Tapatalk
  18. Enuff

    Back Treatment

    No, add bar send total is p13k Sent from my CPH1819 using Tapatalk
  19. Flakes

    Back Treatment

    Hi is that including the pull up bar that needs attached at door?
  20. For some reason, all new Threads in this forum required approval. I've removed the requirement.
  21. Its been a couple of months and still no water bus? Do you still think its not a con job? If its real then tell me where I can buy my ticket.
  22. https://ph.yahoo.com/news/nba-releases-philippines-clarkson-asian-games-081633234--nba.html Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson will suit up for the Philippines at the Asian Games in Indonesia, the country's basketball federation announced Wednesday, just days after the NBA said it would not release him for the event. The National Basketball Association granted a "one-time exception" for the 26-year-old Clarkson and two Chinese players -- Houston Rockets centre Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang -- to represent their countries at the 2018 Asiad. Born in the United States, Clarkson is eligible to play for the Philippines as it is his maternal grandmother's country of origin. "This action of the NBA will no doubt cheer the hearts of Filipinos here and all over the world," the Philippines' national basketball federation said in a statement. The US league had earlier refused Clarkson permission to play in tournament, being held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. The Asian Games are the world's largest multi-sport event after the Olympics, but are not among the competitions NBA players are allowed to participate in under an agreement between the league and FIBA, basketball's world governing body. "My heart is full of gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen. See you all very soon!" Clarkson wrote on Facebook, and posted a photo of himself in a Philippines shirt. A purported NBA announcement confirming the decision was posted on the website of its local broadcast partner, but could not be independently verified. The league's representatives in Manila could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. Clarkson joined the NBA in 2014 and has a career average of 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists, most of them during a spell at the Los Angeles Lakers. He played two games off the bench in the 2018 NBA finals against eventual champions Golden State Warriors. The Philippines had originally withdrawn from the Asian Games men's basketball tournament after 10 of their first-team players and two coaches were hit with suspensions and fines after an on-court brawl with Australia at a World Cup qualifier last month. The decision was later reversed after an intervention by the office of President Rodrigo Duterte. Winners of four Asiad basketball golds -- but none after 1962 -- the Philippines are in a tough group this year, which includes favourites China. What a ridiculous rule...."maternal grandmother's country of origin."
  23. NigelandMJ

    Camotes Electric

    Further on this subject, I found an article that stated "the total available capacity in the island at 4.155 MW which is sufficient in meeting the peak demand of 2.469 MW." This is dated as 30th October 2017. ( https://www.napocor.gov.ph/index.php/news/archived-news/135-npc-inaugurates-new-gensets-in-camotes-island-cebu ). So, I am still at a loss, as to why there are constant blackouts just about every single day. Quite often 5 or 6 each day. Recently 3 or 4 blackouts between midnight and 6 or 7 am, each lasting 30 minutes to an hour, with the power back on for 5 or 10 minutes between each blackout. If the reason for these blackouts is load shedding, then who or what is using all this power for 6 hours after midnight? In addition there are blackouts during the day, quite often mid-morning and early evening. If the peak demand is is a little over half the stated capacity, surely there would be no need for load shedding. It would indicate to me that in excess of half the capacity is inoperable due to breakdown, lack of maintenance etc. I do not understand how they can let this get into such a messed up state and for quite a few years now. I did read somewhere else (cant find the article right now). The Mayors had stated "it was starting to affect tourism". From what I have seen, it has been affecting tourism for a long time now. But more importantly it has been affecting local business, and the general population on the islands for years. It just seems to me that it is high time that something is done to sort out the problems.
  24. Not much I can add to the previous posters responses on the senior issue except to say that when arriving with my wife (who is not a senior) we have usually used the Filipino citizen line at Arrivals Immigration but on departure (from the old terminal) we did use the senior line a couple of times. No problems.
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    • savarity
      I don't doubt much of the story, but parts seem to be missing. For example, at first there is no food (which ive heard before about PI jails), but then he's getting 3 meals a day. Also, while at first it's impossible to get a Tylenol pill in, he later has a cell phone and 200k in cash? (which the police then take by force).

      As far as the working, yes, it does actually sound like he was in violation of that. Just because an organization is not-for-profit, doesn't mean those on staff aren't drawing a salary.

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    • RR3
      My old GS is six years now. I just picked up a GS pup now three months. No break-ins. And a fantastic companion, member of family. 
    • bkb1
      It wasn't in the news that im aware of. After all it was only 3, 1/2  foreigner families that were robed. The subdivision is not gated with management, it is a new section that was added to brgy. 1 late 60's or early  70's. it was bold to do the b+e's in daylight hours. My best guess is the shabo heads are hurting because of the 6 kilo bust in San Carlos a couple days ago. Must have driven the local prices up. We have repaired and fortified the front gate and are in the process of installing a metal mesh gate on the front door. I'm thankful my wife wasn't hurt, we lost about 700, 000.P all in. Lesson learned, hopefully something good will come out of this. I have been encouraging my wife to get her firearms license for a couple of years now and I hope this will give her some incentive. I told my wife when we got married that a big target is now on her back and she has to be more careful that the scum of the earth don't pursue...
    • softail
      Article is about a year and a half old, but is a good read February 11, 2017 By Timothy Walker Dave Bauer endured six months of hell at a Bureau of Immigration detention centre before being deported from the Philippines — just weeks after the birth of a baby daughter, who he can no longer see. Although nobody told him at the time, the trumped-up charge of “working without a permit” related to a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation that the American had founded. Here he tells the shocking story of how a Filipino with a grudge, and friends in the right places, can destroy a life with impunity:
      Overcrowding was a huge problem in Bicutan While moving from my condo in Makati in June 2016 I was confronted by my leasing agent, who was pleading with me to stay. I politely told her that I was sorry, but I wanted to move. There was no broken contract and she had a 10,000 peso deposit, which I knew I would never see again. The next day she called and became ‘ugly’, saying I owed her money and that if I didn’t pay, she would call her friend at the Bureau of Immigration. I moved and didn’t think too much about it until six or seven weeks later, while eating breakfast at McDonald’s, I was confronted by four immigration officers. I quietly went with them and was left in handcuffs while they made their ‘case’ against me. Seventeen hours later, with no food or water, I was taken to Bicutan, the Bureau of Immigration’s notorious detention centre in Bicutan, Taguig City, in the south of Manila.
      The squalor inside the detention centre I was ushered into the back of the jail where three solitary cells were. Forced into one of them I realised there was no cushion or pillow, a 5’2” wooden plank for sitting and sleeping, no electricity and it was open to the elements. When it rained I got wet and the corrugated roofing intensified the heat in the already stifling cell. Rats and mice Large rats and mice came and went day and night, and insects including huge mosquitos, biting roaches and stinging red ants were always present. Nobody even passed by my cell over the next three days, so food and water were out of the question. Once I got the attention of a BI employee and I told them that I needed water and food, I was told I had to buy my own. It was several weeks before I could even make a call, and that was only because another detainee helped me to smuggle in a cell phone. I was constantly told by staff members that they could ‘fix’ my situation for 150 to 300 thousand pesos. They also said I was in “big trouble” both in the Philippines and in America. Of course, I knew these lies were only intended to get me to pay up, so I refused. I went from 220lbs and in great shape to 174lbs due to a substandard diet of bread in the morning and rice with broth twice a day I calculated I was getting about 800 calories per day, well below the 2,100 calorie minimum set by the UN For basic human rights. The immigration detention centre sits in the middle of the Philippine National Police training headquarters and is also home to several other jails. If anybody thinks that being inside a police station at least provides a measure of safety, then think again… Robbed at gunpoint Just before Christmas, we were robbed at gunpoint by the police and their SWAT teams. They stole all cellphones, electronics and cash — all while guns were pointed at our faces. In cash alone, they made off with more than 200,000 pesos. As for health care, it’s just a joke. There is a woman who claims to be a doctor who comes at will, usually once a month, yet never addresses a detainee’s basic needs. I am disabled with titanium in my entire lower back and my cervical area. Pain is always an issue yet getting even a single paracetamol was nearly impossible, which left me bedridden for much of the time. Infections were rampant. As well as the usual MRSA-type problems, there were also issues with spider and rat bites. Even detainees with cancer are left untreated. Despite these conditions, the inmates never complain. It’s made perfectly clear that if any staff member gets pissed off, they will just set you up — all they have to do is claim you have drugs. If they’re really mad, they can throw a sachet of drugs at you, and them shoot you with utter impunity. Lawyers will promise you anything you want to hear and once you pay them, they do absolutely nothing. The trick here is to encourage you to fire them, so they get to keep your retainer fee without having to lift a finger. Trumped-up charge I was never told anything about why I was there until the fifth month of detention. Or maybe it just took them that long to think of a trumped-up charge? My crime, it turned out, was “working without a permit”. I had set up not-for-profit organisation to help protect battered women, exploited children and victims of human trafficking and this charitable endeavour was, apparently, “work”. After about six months, I was suddenly told to buy my own ticket home, that I was being deported and blacklisted from ever coming back… for what? I never even saw a judge or a courtroom! Even having to supply my own ticket for their arbitrary deportation, I was told that I had to fly on the national carrier Philippine Airlines. Bicutan is supposed to be a “temporary” facility, yet there were detainees who had been there for anything up to 14 years — many, like me, without charge. Many people might assume that their embassy would be on hand to help — but in my experience, as an American, that’s not something you can rely on at all.  I now find myself blacklisted from the Philippines, where my baby daughter was born just after Christmas day. Unless I can get her over to the States — or overturn a non-existent charge — I will never be able to hold her in my arms again. Just remember, that if the wrong person in the Philippines crosses you, and points their finger, my experience could happen to you. http://philippineslifestyle.com/it-happened-to-me-how-i-was-locked-up-in-hellhole-then-exiled-from-family/
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