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Shortly after the news broke about the two Canadians and the Norwegian being taken off a yacht in Palawan and taken 'express' to  Mindanao by the goon squad for 'processing' something really strange happened locally.

 

A group of people who said 'we are from the Government' came to our place (in an out of the way provincial area of Neg. Oriental.) asking if any foreigners lived here. If so, then please give us all the details so we can register them as living at this address for 'security' reasons.

 

Of course no one in my rather large group of extended filipino family asked for their government ID or anything remotely close to this but at least one of them said 'not living here, just visiting'. Then raced inside to tell me about these mysterious visitors. 

 

Unless someone can tell me otherwise it looks like a scam.

 

Has anyone else been asked by 'government officials' visiting your house to register all foreigners living there?

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Actually that so you dont meet another woman, or give any of your money to anybody but them

I believe some members have said they knew of a requirement to have foreign residents "register" with the barangay. It may very well be that there is some sort of requirement.   I have lived here

Agree.. I think Filipina's have an unwritten rule about foreigners..  "Possession is nine tenths of the law".  

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Its a SCAM

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Casing for a kidnapping maybe... i heard a couple of weeks or so ago that there was some security concern with a kidnapping gang supposed to be in the Dumaguete area ...  I think I read that in the SunStar ... and both the police and army commented regarding received intelligence ...

 

As foreigners we already Register as Aliens don't we... the ARP program ...

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I believe some members have said they knew of a requirement to have foreign residents "register" with the barangay. It may very well be that there is some sort of requirement.

 

I have lived here for many years and have never "registered" with my barangay.

 

Of course, that has little meaning in reality. Every foreigner in this area is well known to the local residents. So it would not take any sort of Sherlock Holmes effort to find the foreigners.

 

As far as being a scam, I don't know what is gained by asking except to target the home for a robbery. That is the most common purpose in our area. It is common for itinerant salespeople to wander through the community, supposedly to sell some sort of stuff. In reality, they are scoping out homes for potential break ins.

 

I have seen NPA "troops" walk by our home and they wave as they pass. I'm pretty sure they can figure out who the foreigners are in the area.

 

Once in a while, some people come around asking to see the gasul tanks. We never show them, thought they have some sort of ID which appears to be official from the nearby city. In fact, they are sales people wanting to sell a device used to prevent gasul leaks. They pretend to be government officials to gain access.

 

We never allow strangers in to the home. Even have had the PNP here sometimes as well as court officials, and none were allowed inside. Out of sight, out of mind.

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Casing for a robbery?

 

Explains why I have to be escorted everywhere by a family member :) apparently I will get mugged, robbed, bashed and worse.....because I am white.

 

In saying this I have never felt unsafe or feared for anything since I have been here. The times I go into town by myself to do shopping, banking etc I take the pedicab express in and express home.

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I believe some members have said they knew of a requirement to have foreign residents "register" with the barangay. It may very well be that there is some sort of requirement.

 

I have lived here for many years and have never "registered" with my barangay.

 

Of course, that has little meaning in reality. Every foreigner in this area is well known to the local residents. So it would not take any sort of Sherlock Holmes effort to find the foreigners.

 

 

The Barangay Captain has his own pedicab and driver. It is an open air pedicab and its always hillarious when it drives past, the only thing missing from the front of the pedicab is a Rolls Royce grill front or a Mercedes Benz badge. It is very vice regal indeed.

 

And your right about everyone knowing where the foreigners are. All the neighbours know us, the whole village knows us. 

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Actually that so you dont meet another woman, or give any of your money to anybody but them

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Exactly, treat the foreigner like a 3 year old incapable of independent decision making. 

 

In my own experience, I told them in the first 15 minutes that I would do as I please. Should have seen the looks.

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First, here the PNP wanted to know all foreigners living here, and provide documentation to them. I believe this had more to do with Yolanda. 'Here' is S. Leyte.

 

Second, it's census time. 

 

Third, a scam is being copied all over with folks scoping out residences for robberies and such. Was on ABS-CBN and GMA7 news recently.

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Exactly, treat the foreigner like a 3 year old incapable of independent decision making. 

 

In my own experience, I told them in the first 15 minutes that I would do as I please. Should have seen the looks.

 

I tried that.... nearly started WW3. 

 

Didn't matter that I had 12 years in the Military including multiple deployments to war zones. I think Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq (Op Telic 1 & 2) were far more dangerous than this place could ever be..... 

 

The excuse I keep getting is "this is the Philippines, its dangerous because your white". This precludes me from doing what I want when I want even if I have the cash to do it.

 

Last time I got that excuse I threatened to go back to Australia and never come back because it is 'that' dangerous. DIdn't work for me either lol

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Actually that so you dont meet another woman, or give any of your money to anybody but them

 

Agree.. I think Filipina's have an unwritten rule about foreigners..  "Possession is nine tenths of the law".  

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Didn't matter that I had 12 years in the Military including multiple deployments to war zones. I think Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq (Op Telic 1 & 2) were far more dangerous than this place could ever be..... 

 

22 years in the USMC, first gf did the same thing, when I finally told them to let me do what I wanted to do, she resorted to having me followed...lasted about eight months...ended badly....advice to OP, find somebody else, they are out there

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I never bother responding to these requests from the local barangauy unless I can hear of one valid reason to do so.

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First, here the PNP wanted to know all foreigners living here, and provide documentation to them. I believe this had more to do with Yolanda. 'Here' is S. Leyte.

 

Second, it's census time. 

 

Third, a scam is being copied all over with folks scoping out residences for robberies and such. Was on ABS-CBN and GMA7 news recently.

The first one is maybe connecting with this. http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2014/06/28/1340018/police-establish-foreigners-network-cebu

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