|Don't Visit the Philippines
If you are a foreigner visiting and traveling in the Philippines, you have a
big target painted on your front side and back side because no matter where
you go in the Philippines, many Filipino men, women, and children will
target you to take your money (and sometimes even your life) in so many
ways. Here is only a partial list of the risks to your money and to your
life if you visit the Philippines---
1. Beggars. Many beggars will touch your body, try unrelentingly to
beg money from you, and distract your attention (e.g., many beggar children
surrounding you) for pick pocketing of your wallet, purse, cell hone,
jewelry, and laptop computer. Beggars are often recruited, trained,
and supervised by gang leaders.
pocketing, theft, and armed robbery. No matter how carefully you
try to protect against pick pocketing and theft, YOU WILL BE A CRIME VICTIM
during your visit to the Philippines. American Phillip Fry has been a
pick pocket victim three times in the Philippines. Your best defense is a
money belt that you wear UNDERNEATH your shirt or jacket. Filipino
thieves are very talented, experienced, and aggressive. For example, they
can use a knife to cut quickly the shoulder strap of women's purses, money
belts worn outside of your shirt, computer bags, etc. Items that you
have in your suitcase are frequently stolen by workers handling baggage for
airlines, ferries, and bus companies. Hotel rooms are frequently
burglarized. Armed robbery of foreigners is common-place.
Read the U.S. State Department's
Crime and Safety Report, issued on Feb. 20, 2012.
3. Constant, unrelenting harassment by street vendors who try to sell
you fake and dangerous Viagara and Cialis pills, sex with a Filipina whore,
and/or fake counterfeit merchandise of all types.
4. Dangerous travel via buses and ferries.
Traveling by plane is the ONLY safe way to travel in the Philippines.
Otherwise, your life is often in danger by poorly-maintained buses and
ferries and from reckless operation of buses and ferries. Many ferries
sink on a frequent basis in the Philippines. One ferry sinking in Manila Bay
killed approximately 6,000 passengers.
5. Cheating and dishonest Filipina women.
Although there are many good and wholesome Filipina ladies interested in
meeting and marrying foreigners for true love, many are con artists and
schemers. It is common for a bad Filipina to seek a foreigner for marriage
at the same time that she already has one or more Filipino boyfriends, who
continues on as her boyfriend(s) even after her engagement and marriage to a
foreigner. Don't ever send money to a Filipina whom you have never
met, no matter what hard luck story she tells you---e.g., she needs money
for her school tuition or a review course to prepare for an exam like
nursing certification, burial of a relative, medical problems of a parent,
etc. Filipinas will tell you anything to get your money and/or to get you to
marry them so that they can have an immigration visa to the U.S. or
elsewhere. It is common for Filipina wives to divorce their foreigner
husbands after they get their permanent immigration card (green card in USA)
so that they can get their husband's money in a divorce and so that they can
marry a younger man in the States or elsewhere. One Filipina murdered
(and got away with it) her American husband to inherit his million dollar
estate so that she could live in luxury with her Filipino boyfriend in the
6. Weather storms, flooding, landslides, earthquakes, & more!
Your life can be put into jeopardy by one of the frequent Philippine
typhoons (hurricanes), floods, earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, etc. The
Philippines is in the direct path of many frequent typhoons that cause
massive flooding, landslides, and loss of life. In addition, because the
Philippines is in the Pacific area "ring of fire", frequent earthquakes and
volcano eruptions also endanger lives in the Philippines.