posted on Dec, 25 2007 @ 08:53 PM
Every bank, shopping center, or other business premises has at least one armed guard.
If you enter a shopping center (mall), you and any baggage you have will be searched before allowed entry.
It's not so bad to walk around on your own. I have had to many a time, even in Manila (I really don't like Manila, not a good place IMO).
Everyone will try to take advantage of foreigners. Taxi drivers wont turn the meter on and just ask for 10 or 20 times the actual cost of the ride.
Most things are not priced so you could be told any price.
If you're assisted by someone they'll usually expect a tip (this tipping idea has come from America). I never tip them (I'm British) and they look
confused when they get nothing. Most presume I'm American.
To see people going around their daily lives shows the amount of corrupt authority that is here. Especially with the guards.
Enter a bank and a guard will ask what you want, not the bank staff. I usually ignore any and all guards. My business is none of theirs. They get
confused by that.
There are a lot of masons here. Especially in the police and guard services. You see military on the streets occasionally. The weapons they carry
range from shotguns, M16, AK-47's and 9mm side arms.
I know one Mason from England who visits here often and he's been in trouble here before for carrying some ammunition, but because he is a mason, he
managed to have some influence and charges were dropped, otherwise he would have been in a rather nasty position.
What this radio host used to talk about I don't know (i'm not up on the language) but it seems to me that he was either upsetting someone with his
constant talking or was about to touch on some considerably damning info.
Since WW2, the Philippine presidency has been bought with recovered Japanese gold. There are plenty of web sites relating to that issue.
Now, America has a large influence on the goings on over here. There was an anti terror law recently passed too. CCTV cameras are proposed in Davao,
but there are far more pressing issues, like poverty and corruption.
I learnt that if you ship something to the Philippines and the item is officialy listed, then you gotta go through proper channels, but if an item is
in your shipment and not listed, then just throw a few dollars to the customs officer.
It's a great palce to be, but it does have a rather undesirable side to it too. This could be such a better place if it wasn't so captured by TPB.