Martial Law is in place covering all of Mindanao. It went into effect last night (at the time of writing), May 23, at 10 PM. In the past 24 hours, I have received more than 1,400 messages from people asking me what I thought about it, if I was safe, and other such things. Let […]
Safety in the Philippines
When I moved to the Philippines in 2000, the biggest concern that my family and friends expressed to me was about the safety of living in the Philippines. Others who have made the move have told me that they experienced the same concern from their family and friends back home.
The truth is that safety is a concern these days no matter where in the world you may live. Whether it is in the USA, Europe or anywhere else, safety must be considered, and the Philippines is no different.
Read the articles in this archive to learn more about safety issues for those living in the Philippines.
One big problem in the Philippines is the number of scams that will be tried on you if you live here or are just visiting. There are a lot of scammers out there and you must be careful and always keep in mind that the person you are dealing with may be trying to scam you. For more information about Scams in the Philippines, read our archive about Philippine Scams.
Many foreigners who move to the Philippines (primarily Americans) are concerned about wanting to own a Gun for their own protection in the Philippines. Read about gun ownership in the Philippines in our archive about Guns.
I got this warning from the US Embassy earlier today. We have many readers that live and or visit the Visayas region, so I thought it might be good to share it here. Remember also, in the Philippines, all foreigners are usually considered “Americans” so if you are not American but from a Western aligned […]
Today’s Expat Answerman Podcast is a little different. Today we cover several different topics and it is a longer episode than we have been doing. Let me know what you think. Do you like a podcast with several topics, or do you prefer a shorter podcast that focuses on one question and answer per episode? […]
About a week ago, while playing video games with some friends, there was a sudden banging on our door. It was about 11 o’clock at night, so this was really unexpected and gave me quite a scare. The house my Grandma and I live in is on a corner, and has a lot of big […]
Just a quick summary for those who haven’t heard. Almost 2 weeks ago, a bomb went off at the Roxas night market here in Davao, killing 14 people and injuring over 60 more. There were also more bomb threats, targeting malls, churches and even hospitals. Thankfully, there haven’t been any more. I heard that the […]
“My friend did not feel it was safe to give me a ride to Mama’s House, because it is in a poor neighborhood”, my wife explained as she got out of the trike that had returned her from a lunch date with a repatriate friend of ours. We had met this lady in the USA, […]