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Americans Living Illegally in the Philippines

Speeding Guimaras Jeepneys Crash; 17 injured

How many Americans are living in the Philippines illegally? After posting a recent article about illegal Filipino aliens in the United States, I thought it would be only fair to explore the issue of Americans residing in the Philippines with current or expired visas. Now in my opinion, if you’re a foreigner staying in  this archipelago of 7,107 islands, and your visa has expired or you have stayed past your original 21 day grace period allowed when first entering this country  and have not filed for a temporary extension,  you are an illegal alien.

Jeepney Photo from Flickr

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Two-Three Million Filipinos Saved From Poverty by Remittances

Two to three million more Filipinos would have fallen below the poverty line if not for remittances received from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs.) That's according to Ernesto Pernia, a former chief economist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Pernia said remittances were able to reduce the country’s poverty incidence by 3 to 4 percentage points, which translates to around 2 million to 3 million Filipinos according to an article from the May 4, 2011 online edition of ABS CBN news.com.  (photo from Flickr)Filipino children

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American Expat Brother Tom’s Farm in Guimaras

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Visited American expat Brother Tom's farm in Guimaras the other afternoon. After a free lunch (who says there's no free lunch?) at the Trappist Monastery where Tom serves as an Oblate in addition to his other duties as chief engineer, graphic arts designer, marketing consultant for all the delicious products made at the monastery factory, … Read moreAmerican Expat Brother Tom’s Farm in Guimaras

The End of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines?

The al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, based in the southern Philippines,  would "disintegrate" now that that terrorist Osama bin Laden is dead, Philippines  National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia said this past Wednesday according to a report on GMA News Online, May 04, 2011 edition.   Garcia said the Abu Sayyaf, which is allegedly receiving money from al-Qaeda, has lost its "leadership, people, and logistics" to carry out terrorist attacks.  (Photo from Flickr)Abu Sayaff

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American Expat “Brother Tom” is Living His Dream in the Philippines

American expats are a rare breed in Guimaras province where I reside with my beautiful asawa, Melinda, and eight other relatives at "The Compound." Been here since July 2009 and have had occasion to only meet one American from Chicago, "Stan the Man," who since has gone to work in Kuwait. We did, however,  recently encounter some Peace Corps volunteers at the 2011 Manggahan Festival, and though I have met foreigners from other countries, I haven't met many Americans until my wife and I noticed a man dancing wildly by himself in front of the stage the evening my asawa and I were listening to (and I was watching) a band that featured two hot Filipina band members at the Manggahan Festival.  DSC

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Bin Laden Unarmed When Shot Dead. So Were the Victims of 9/11

So what if a report just released states that terrorist  Osama bin Laden was unarmed when Navy Seals  shot him dead? Weren't the victims of  9/11 also unarmed? Who cares if the United States goal was to kill and not capture this piece of garbage? Pressed about the so-called "kill mission," White House Spokesman Jay Carney said there had been significant resistance, a "volatile firefight," and insisted: "We were prepared to capture him if that was possible." according to an online article in theage.com.au.  photo from Flickrbin Laden in Hell

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“Willing Willie” Slapped With Suspension By MTRCB

"Willing Willie", hosted by the controversial Willie Revillame,  has been suspended for one month by The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). However, since the MTRCB will count April 11 as the beginning of the suspension since that is when the show voluntarily went off the air, the program will resume airing on May 9. "Willing Willie" will then be on probation on a daily basis for an undetermined amount of time. During the probationary period every episode will be reviewed by the MTRCB and be issued a permit to broadcast on a daily basis.Willie

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Side Benefit of bin Laden’s Death: It Finally Bumps the Royal Couple Out of the News!

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God Bless America! The terrorist, the devil incarnate, Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals while lounging at his mansion 62 miles north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members. Reports that the family was munching on a bucket of Original Recipe KFC chicken while  watching reruns of "The Brady Bunch" cannot be confirmed by this reporter. I was so excited, so jubilant, so proud of President Obama for having the guts to send those Navy Seals to assassinate the piece of human crap called bin Laden, I was beside myself. I wished I could have joined the cheering crowds that I saw on CNN celebrating outside the White House and the streets of New York City. Osama bin Laden is Dead

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