It all started off last month when an Canadian expat living in Cebu went on a shooting spree at a courthouse in Cebu, killing several people. I later found out that the fellow was talking about me just before he started the killings. I wrote about that a couple of weeks ago in my article Some Shocking News.
This morning while browsing the local news on the Internet, I saw an article about a Canadian tourist who was visiting Davao and allegedly hijacked a taxi. He allegedly claimed to be a suicide bomber and told the taxi driver to take him to a nearby Karaoke Bar where he intended to blow it up! The Canadian tourist, Cameron Richard Harley, is now sitting in a jail cell here in Davao. As far as I know, I never met or saw Mr. Harley, but this incident happened very near my residence, so I was kind of surprised that I had not heard about it until I saw it in the paper.
So, what’s going on with Canadians in the Philippines lately? Quite a shock, don’t you think?
Seriously, though, I don’t mean to demean Canadians, it just happens that these two recent incidents each involved Canadians. But, I also know Citizens of many other countries break laws in the Philippines or get involved in things which they should avoid. I have seen it many times over the years.
Over the years since I started publishing this site, I have received countless e-mails from people who have been concerned about the safety in the Philippines. Is it safe to travel there? Will I get killed? How about kidnapping? I get these kinds of questions from people 7 days per week. You know what, though, how many of these people who ask such questions would suspect that it may be the other foreigners in the Philippines who may be out to cause them harm? There have been many such incidents over the years.
Some time back, a couple of years ago, I wrote an article about having received some threats against myself and my family. Those threats came from a foreigner too. I have had incidents where I had to involve the Philippine National Police when I have received such threats. One such incident even involved me having to go to court and testify regarding the threats made. But, in all of my years here, I can’t recall a single time when I felt a threat of violence from a Filipino. So, if it is dangerous here, where is the threat coming from?
Oh, I know that there are Filipinos who are criminals. There are bad things that happen here. There are killings and kidnappings. But, we have to remember that those things happen in every country in the world! How many people have been killed in Chicago along since the start of the new year? Probably more than in the entire country of the Philippines.
Anyway, when I saw that article about the taxi hijacking and talk of suicide bombing this morning, it really caught my attention. What do you guys think?