Sometimes it boggles even my thick, fat kano skull. Though my Filipina wife and I moved to the Philippines over eight years ago, some news still astonishes me. Take it from the crusty old expat, I’ve seen a lot, I’ve heard a lot, I’ve experienced a lot. But the following news report: “Trike Driver Could Get 8 Years in Jail for Using Chainsaw” completely baffles me.
This is old news, frankly, but I found it fascinating nonetheless. “Sexist Philippines Premature Marriage Law Repealed.” It doesn’t take much to amuse me.
I apologize to anyone who might be offended by the graphic picture shown courtesy of Panay News. While the American expat motorcyclist from Texas was struck by a jeepney, I don’t see any signs of the victim wearing a helmet.
Both the Senate and House chambers of the Philippines on April 1st, 2015, have unilaterally passed Republic Act 10989 which will allow the Philippine government to execute all fixers. Anyone found guilty of taking bribes or payments to “facilitate” or “fix” government transactions, such as business permits, for economic and other gains will be executed within six months upon their conviction with no appeals allowed.
Pretty pinays were on parade at the 20th Annual Manggahan Festival held in Guimaras last month. Escorted by a posse from the Philippine National Police, PNP, I withstood the early morning heat from my unshaded vantage point to snap the following photographs. This American expat living in the Philippines stood out like Al-Qaeda at a bar mitzvah.
The cost of sinning is going up in the Philippines this coming January 1, 2013. I’m not talking about “bar fines” at some strip joint in Angeles City. I’m referring to the the price of smokes and booze.