Don’t Be a Statistic–Be Alert for Your Own Safety and Security in the Philippines

Don’t Be a Statistic–Be Alert for Your Own Safety and Security in the Philippines

Foreign visitors should have a complete and unbiased knowledge of the Philippines: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  As a visitor, you should know that kidnapping for ransom is a common crime in the Philippines. Kidnappers and a large number of  Filipinos perceive “foreigners” as mobile banking institutions, which means they believe all Westerners or any foreign nationals visiting the Philippines are filthy rich. The criminals do not consider robbing them to be a crime; to them, it is just sharing some of the wealth.

This is a fact of life. It is important that visitors be aware of cases wherein some foreigners visiting the Philippines were kidnapped, mugged, or carjacked by criminals. The more knowledgeable you are about the Philippines, the better off you are. If you are serious about traveling to the Philippines, then you should have true-to-fact,unbiased information and relevant knowledge of the country so your trip can be safe, fun, enjoyable, and memorable.

One of the most relevant questions you may ask yourself is, “Do I want to visit the Philippines as a naïve or a well-informed visitor?”  In response to this question, I say, “What you know may save your life, but what you do not know may be lethal to your soul.”

Perhaps you have already read the horrifying news about Jeffrey Schilling, an American citizen who had gone to the Philippines to marry a woman he met online. Unfortunately, he was kidnapped before he had the opportunity to marry his fiancée over there.

Kidnapping-for-ransom is a lucrative criminal activity in the Philippines. More and more visitors have been victimized by senseless killers and deadly gangs. Here is a partial list of the names of some visitors who were badly beaten, kidnapped and, in some cases, killed. This information is totally true and backed by irrefutable and verifiable facts.

•             Martin and Gracia Burnham, American

•             Guillermo Sobero, American

•             Charlie Reith, Swiss citizen

•             Amir Katayama Mamaito, Japanese

•             Jeffrey Schilling, American

•             Carel Strydom, South African

•             Maryse Burgot, French television reporter

•             Marie Moarbes, Lebanese-born French

•             Werner Wallert, German

WARNING: Not only are there kidnappings to contend with, there are also local individuals who do mix drugs in the drinks they serve the visitors. Once the latter consume these drinks, they fall unconscious in a matter of minutes. As a result, the locals take the opportunity to remove the unconscious visitors’ organs.

Just recently, on February 1, 2012, two foreign nationals and a Filipino were kidnapped in the Philippines. The sad fact is that these crimes against foreign visitors persist in a number of areas in the Philippines.

Some, if not all, of these visitors to the Philippines would be alive today had they been warned about the more dangerous areas of the country. You do not have to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Despite these troubling and disturbing facts, they are not intended to discourage you from traveling to the Philippines. To the contrary, I do believe that you can have fun if you are equipped with the most updated, unbiased, reliable, and relevant information about the Philippines.

Be mindful of the fact that there are great tourist areas where you can enjoy your stay and experience memorable moments with peace of mind, but also you will find some areas that should be off-limits to foreign visitors.

You can find the most sought-after information about specific areas that should be off-limits to foreign visitors in a unique eBook: “The Whole Truths You Should Know Before You Travel to the Philippines.”  This eBook is designed to provide you with life-saving information you won’t find anywhere else on the Philippines. You can get a copy of this valuable eBook by clicking here:


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