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smokey

Ya mean like the German fellow who was killed in MacDonalds?  I read that he ran away in an attempt to not be confrontational and he surely did not go to MacDonalds to show how wealthy he was so those two rules just give a false sense of security.  But if it makes ya feel better then feel free to do what you want.

what happened are your rose colored glasses out for repair ?

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Fly to the Philippines. Buy a lot .Build a 3 meter tall fence , top it with broken glass and razor wire. Build a concrete bunker inside the walls ,make sure all Windows are covered in steel bars with

There are more rules than that. I don't have the time or inclination to make a comprehensive list, but here are a few of the biggies off the top of my head:   1. Don't get involved in politics, or a

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smokey

I would think 4:20 a.m. would not be so safe at many places around the world... I've been to that Macdo once... during the day time... not a good area, I don't think...

So what to do practice like every day is purge night lock the doors when it gets dark ?

Number 4 is 1,2 and 3 rolled into one.

see nothing say nothing do nothing   protect your own and you will be fine 

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angbumabasa

Don't pee in public like all the local guys do. Be a bit more discrete. Buy a drink with a twist top, open, save top, poor out contents, pee. Close it. Throw in nearest rash pile. Or, take it home and give it the least liked relative., 

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smokey

Just build a high wall round your house, put some broken glass on the top and don't go out. Simple.

did you see that in a retirement video ?

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Bill H

I avoid Fiesta's as they are full of drunks.  That seems to work well.

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Most of the rules for staying safe in the Philippines are just common sense and apply to any tourist anywhere in the world.

 

If you flash large amounts of money around in public, particularly if out drinking and wandering around by yourself, you're setting yourself up as an easy target.

 

Learn what the laws are, and don't break them. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.  It's no defence to say, "But everone else is doing it!"

 

Learn about the local culture before visiting. We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. What might get you a bloody nose in one country could get you killed in another.  

 

Read up on the scams so that you are aware of them before you visit. Stay away from rigged card games, be careful of friendly strangers, don't get involved in investments with "guaranteed" huge returns, be aware that you can be scammed by an expat as well as by a local, etc, etc.

 

If you lie down with dogs, don't be surprised if you wake up with fleas.

 

Arrogance can get you into serious trouble, as can publicly humiliating a person.

 

Often a smile or joke can defuse an uncomfortable situation. 

 

If you are the victim of an armed robbery, before arguing the toss, seriously consider whether your life is really worth less than the items being stolen.  You can always replace a stolen camera or wallet. Having said that, I've never been robbed in the Philippines (that I'm aware of).

 

Be aware of your surroundings.  There are some areas in Sydney I would't wander around by myself late at night, same in the Philippines. I'm comfortable wandering around the Colon area by myself, but know some people aren't. You have to make your own call, depending on your own comfort levels.

 

So far these rules have worked for me, as a tourist. Only once have I been in a situation where I had a real safety concern, and that turned out to be a non-event.

 

Different rules obviously apply to people living there, people running a business or getting involved in local politics, meeting people through the internet, etc. 

 

 

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BossHog

don't underestimate the value of having

 

a bunch of volatile local drunks in your corner;

 

it can come in real handy.

 

i always buy a few rounds for our local piss-head stand-by's

 

when i pass the sari2x and have a few before strollling down the road.

 

what's with all the anti-drunkard discrimination?

 

they're people, too, after all.

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I always mind my own business, be a "nice" guy and never get into arguments or interfere with anyone. And I am constantly aware of what is happening around me. My wife's place is pretty cool as everyone knows me and they also respect the in-laws - it helps that most of the neighbors are relatives in one way or another too. Whenever there is a birthday or fiesta, the in-law's place is an open house for the whole barangay, whether we are there or not. 

 

I like to sit outside the local sari-sari store and have a drink in the evenings and "sponsor" a bottle or two for the boys on the weekends, joining them on occasion. I've also been banned from carrying too much money by the wife - she handles the purse strings and gives me an allowance for booze and cigarettes and also a valid excuse if someone asks for money. If a drunk comes down the road, immediately a gang of guys form around me (most of them are frat members), ready to head off trouble. So far so good... 

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- Exceedingly polite when dealing with government officials.

 

- Mind own business in all things.

 

- Keep mouth shut.

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Never allow Filipino males into your house/yard. If you really do need to let them in, make sure you have backup in case they turn out to have a nasty plan. Two of the recent killings in Angeles were from situations like this.

 

At the very least, take pictures of them with your smart phone and send the pictures to someone else so at least they can be identified...

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Semper paratus

Keep your whereabouts and personal information off of things like Facebook.

Avoid being a creature of habit.

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Never allow Filipino males into your house/yard

 

 

 

i reckon it's more dangerous to be aloof and give off a snooty vibe 

 

than it is too offer a passing farmer a seat and a cold beer

 

and hab a friendly chat in your front yard.

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InternetTough

Just build a high wall round your house, put some broken glass on the top and don't go out. Simple.

I follow that prescription at night time. If I am not already out after dark, I don't go out. 

 

One has to be realistic about going out to bars. Is it really worth it to one?

 

Going to derbies---where there is combined drinking and gambling---is highly adventurous.

 

Having anything to do with drugs, drug dealers, or drug users is dangerous.

 

Remember that money is scarce here. Any dispute about money will almost certainly be taken as a much more major thing by the Filipino.

 

The only time I was subjected to some serious insulting bad attitude here was when I was in the area around National Bookstore near Fuente Osmena. That kind of area is filled with Filipinos who have low regard for the foreigners there.

 

If you give up on some things, you can eliminate most of the risk. 

 

But if you are like BossHog, you don't need my advice!

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Kabisay-an gid

Ya mean like the German fellow who was killed in MacDonalds?  I read that he ran away in an attempt to not be confrontational and he surely did not go to MacDonalds to show how wealthy he was so those two rules just give a false sense of security.  But if it makes ya feel better then feel free to do what you want.

The version of events I've heard was that the German (unarmed) was standing outside the front door of Mickey D's when three motorcycles with six Filipinos pulled up outside. At least three men with guns dismounted and at least one of them shot the German right there. The German then fled inside to a storage room, where he was chased down by one of the shooters and finished off with several close range shots.

 

I know one thing for sure, if I'm unarmed and attacked by armed hoodlums shooting at me, I'm gonna make like horses**t and hit the trail. However, I would've run away from the building rather than into it. Still might not survive, but definitely have a better chance on the street than cornered in a storeroom. If you want to get "confrontational" with armed assailants shooting at you, go for it. :)

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