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  2. 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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  4. 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/
  5. Flakes

    Back Treatment

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

    Coffee Trees Planted

    I love Youtube self proclaimed experts. Lost me when he had to rinse the filter. Yah, ok, one of those.
  9. 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.
  10. Also interested, if they ever start actually running this service. Sent from my SM-G925V using Tapatalk
  11. 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."
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    Nurses having to cover missing stock?

    Wow, you make a good point. I'd never believe that would happen to a motherboard.(testing). Without your post.. I've messed around with computers a bit and i know that to get a motherboard to fire up you need so many other peripherals. Ill risk getting into trouble for saying this but i wonder what's happens when you buy "condoms" TESTING SIR................ [emoji33] Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
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    MMDA Soft Drinks

    I don't believe any of those vehicles were parked on both sides.
  15. I don't think I have a notarized copy of my divorce decree, only a photocopy which is what I used for the ALLCM. Also, as Dafey noted, if you just say you've never been married, they have no way to dispute. Of course, it is possible it might bite you in the arse if you later decide to get your wife a visa to the US and they want to see your wedding papers. Even then though, if you and your wife just stick to your never having been married before story, you're ok unless they also want tax records and you filed jointly. I'm certain my wife did not join me at the Consulate when I got the ALLCM. She is not mentioned on the form at least at that time. You can get one even not being engaged yet. You could say you're meeting your gf in the province and if things go well you'll ask her and don't want to have to return to Cebu to get the form then. It's only a letter saying you swore you were legal to marry.
  16. Many pharmacies set their own prices which will vary from place to place, as will availability of the product you are looking for. As a guideline, I buy Losartan 100 mg for 9 pesos per pill at Generika Drug Store. The 50 mg pill is available for about half that price. There is no discount for quantity buying.
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    Soup's Music Videos

    Thanks @Salty Dog, love this channel.
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    Don't call it Cancer

    Yep I remember it it was not nice I can not believe he told me most people don't get knocked out lol yep my blood pressure was higher than usual as well hope you're doing fine
  20. i am now 7 weeks and counting - when i call the PRA in cebu - STILL PROCESSING!!!!
  21. TequilaSunset

    The Wood spider on drugs

    Oldie but goodie!
  22. This is why recreational watercraft have weight limits...
  23. Ol lol, I usually cook it myself throw in rice, egg, bacon and the vegesbyou want.
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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. 
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      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...
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      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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      Interesting so how long did the injection last?
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