While I’ve read some online stories about dim-witted foreigners in the Philippines, this one gave me the bacon with the sizzle. “US Pedophile Nabbed While Applying for Tourist Stay Extension.” Nope, I’m not making this up. While checking for the latest PRESS RELEASE from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, BI, I ran across this gem.
Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents arrested James Edward Booyer III, 36, this past January 24, 2019. Booyer, according to a BI website Press Release on January 31, is alleged to be the ringleader of a pyramiding scam syndicate. “Ex-Bulls” Forward Busted in Davao Pyramiding Scam.” The con artist never played for the Bulls. The NBA reports his status as “undrafted.”
If you’re a speeder in Davao, you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket. The four speed guns provided by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are damaged. No one has been cited for speeding in Davao since December 2016. However, if you’re a sexual predator roaming the streets of Davao, be forewarned. An ordinance punishing any foreigner who will be seen with a Filipino child unaccompanied by a Filipino adult is being proposed. Violators could be imprisoned for at least six months.
“In Spite of Travel Warnings, is it Still Safe to Move to the Philippines? “ Thirty-seven people were killed in a Manila casino this past Friday. A lone masked gunman walked straight into the building, past a lone security guard who panicked when she saw the suspect’s assault rifle. The victims are thought to have died of smoke inhalation. None of them appear to have been shot.
There’s a new sheriff in town: Rodrigo Duterte, the incoming President of the Philippines. Duterte has been called Asia’s Donald Trump. Like Trump, Duterte speaks his mind and doesn’t seem to care who he might offend, even if it’s Pope Francis, who he called a “son of a whore.” Love him or hate him, you have to admit the new guy does have a set of balls.
Don’t rely on Google Maps for directions in Iloilo City. We wasted an hour the other morning in Iloilo looking for a company that provided swimming pool equipment. My asawa and I were shopping in the big city and decided to look for Amici Water Systems Sales and Services, Iloilo. Our crew had begun digging our new swimming pool in the Philippines and Amici was listed as a place to purchase pool supplies.
Is travel to the Philippines safe? Recent kidnappings and the bullet planting scam at the Manila airport might have you reconsidering a visit to the Philippines.
I’ve never visited a Muslim Prayer Room before. In fact, I don’t recall speaking to any Muslims when I lived back in the States and have only engaged a few of them in conversation since moving to the Philippines over five years ago. My knowledge of Islam is only what I get from my American news programs on our Cignal satellite system, the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and Fox News. With all the talk about ISIS filling the airwaves and other Muslim terrorist organizations, I have been akin to adhere to the adage that while all Muslims are not terrorists all terrorist are Muslims. So what in the world possessed me to actually enter a Muslim Prayer Room at Terminal 3 at NAIA and have a thoughtful dialog with them?