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How I was locked up in hellhole then exiled from family

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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:

Bicutan
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.

Bicutan
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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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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to_dave007

Sounded a bit over dramatized to me.  Plus sounded like he was working illegally.

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TequilaSunset
21 minutes ago, savarity said:

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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Add to this... which left me bedridden for much of the time.

No bed, just a plank and floor. Lots not adding up.

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Lordblacknail

is that what you take away from this story? He never said the P200,000 was his, just that it was taken. You can nit pick anything to death if you want to, but what I brought away from this story is the same thing that this forum tells us all of the time. DON'T PISS OFF A PHILIPPINO. You will not be happy. If it is true or not, to the slightest detail, it is something that could happen to all of us who live in the wonderful RP.

As Yakov used to say, What A Country! 

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smokey
46 minutes ago, savarity said:

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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Sounded to me he said the raid netted them 200 000 not HE PERSONALLY and lets not let commen sence come into the working without a permit

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smokey
25 minutes ago, TequilaSunset said:

Add to this... which left me bedridden for much of the time.

No bed, just a plank and floor. Lots not adding up.

Your right until i see. A picture dated i will assum he was sleeping on a sealey posterpituc matress

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MickyG

I call total horseshit on this

 

Ledesma one of the decent and honest BI chiefs stopped the practice if BI agents picking people up unless it was signed off by him. That must have been at least 6 years ago. The BI will not accept detainee without that sign off. This was precisely to prevent such situations as described form taking place again and again. 

Maybe the timeline as given in this story is perhaps 6 years out of date .

 

As for non profit organisations you may not need a work permit. How many co directors who are foreigners and share holders do not need a work permit as they are on the board, no work permit needed. They do need to be here legally.

 

Sorry, I am not buying this one today. Over 6 years ago, then yes without any doubt or hesitation.

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Irenicus

It actually looks like an ex-gf set him up with human trafficking charges.  Whoa, nasty situation.....

Info on that here:  https://www.ourdailyrevelationsph.com/2017/12/undesirable-aliens-american-detainee.html

Here is his Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dave.bauer.351?fref=mentions

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HTM

Sorry, but this is drama and one side story. 

A "Big" man making a " not-for-profit humanitarian organization" to help women and kids, but can't pay his visa extension.

Estorya heeeeeee!!

 

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easy44
2 hours ago, HTM said:

Sorry, but this is drama and one side story. 

A "Big" man making a " not-for-profit humanitarian organization" to help women and kids, but can't pay his visa extension.

Estorya heeeeeee!!

 

I don't see where the article said he overstayed his Visa.

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HTM
1 minute ago, easy44 said:

I don't see where the article said he overstayed his Visa.

He did, read some more about him and you c.  And that's why the BI got him in the first place.

Some complaint, BI c he overstays and got him. 

 

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MickyG

Ok so now we get the real story, he was not just picked up but did have a detention order issued, even if he did not see it.

Another accusation that would have been dismissed out right if his visa papers were up to date.  There would then not have been any probable cause. He would not have lost his apartment and personal possessions. He may have been on bail waiting for a hearing. yet doubtful .  Keep yourself out of harms way by respecting the legal requirements of your stay.

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SkyMan

Did the overstay occur prior to him being picked up or during his detention?

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Janneo

From the link Irenicus posted :

The guy had overstayed 3 years when he got detained for overstaying and working without work permit, which he calls "2 small matters".

Seems he is blaming everyone but himself. No compassion from me.

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