Philippines Untold Truth - What They Don't Want You To Know About

                Philippines Untold Truth

Looks like paradise? You think it's paradise? Think again.... There are many many websites on the internet that depict the Philippines as some tropical paradise filled with welcoming people and beautiful young women that will treat you as a king submitting to your every desire. They paint for you this picture of paradise and utopia. I read every website about the Philippines before I came here and learned as much as I could before I got here, only to find out when I arrived here NONE (and I do mean NONE!!!!) of what I read on these websites was even vaguely true. Well, after spending eight years in the Philippines, I'm telling you that is total BS!!!! I'll tell you here and now the real truth about the Philippines and the reality of what you can expect when you arrive here. So, hold on... beyond the next stop sign, you're about to enter the Philippine Zone.

Now, this is not to say that there's nothing good in the Philippines. There are some beautiful locations. There are some good people, but rare and few and far between. For the most part however, speaking from my own experiences here, the country is corrupt, poverty stricken, no reliable infra-structure, the women are users - players - cheaters - liars - thieves - scammers - pretenders - I can go on but you get the idea. Even most of the Expats are worse then the Filipinos. The locals are pretenders, hypocrites, liars, scammers, users, etc., etc., etc. The country routinely violates your rights and abuses authority. There is absolutely no moral or ethical fiber. They do not trust each other or anyone for that matter. There are armed security guards in every store, mall, building, everywhere - which visualizes the hazards here and distrust. A constant reminder of your lack of safety.

I speak in general as a country and not individually. There are, as with anywhere, good people here. But, the majority sample is as I described. The country is not what it was a decade or so ago. The values, tradition, honor, pride, and moral fiber has dissipated over the years as the new generation comes of age and has the selfish wanting desires of their own pleasure at any cost to themselves or anyone else. They think only of themselves and will do anything to get what they desire. The families do not stay together or have the importance as they did years prior. The new generation wants to leave the family and have their own lives for themselves. Thus, they cheapen themselves to gain things they desire.

As a foreigner, the locals will look at you as their "ATM" machine. They will be nice to you and befriend you to get whatever they can out of you. They will give you this enormous attitude of entitlement. They will tell you that they love you just to get you to give to them. When they bleed you dry they will leave you instantly to find a new prey. They want your money, but they do not want you in their country. That's fact !!

Corruption runs rampant in ALL levels of government and in ALL agencies. So beware of this. The Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Immigration (BI), and Customs are known as the most corrupt government agencies. They're routinely abusing their power and violating your rights. They may even be part of any "scams" done to you. "Surprise, Surprise" as Gomer Pyle would say, these are also the three government agencies that have the most contact with foreigners.

If you happen to get into trouble in the Philippines do not expect a fair trial. Your constitutional rights will be violated and you'll probably be abused in some form or another. Here, you're guilty until proven guilty. Filipinos stick together whether they're right, wrong or otherwise. The Filipinos will lie and fabricate stories. They will believe the Filipino and always side with the Filipino. No one will listen to you. Know this. There is no justice for foreigners.

In your daily life routine you'll also discover that there are two different sets of rules here. One for Filipinos and one for Foreigners, two sets of rules that are very different. For example, you can be buying the exact same item and the Filipino will get a different lower price then you for that identical item. Store clerks who don't want to assist you will tell you "no stock" even if your looking directly at that item. But, they will rush over to assist the Filipino. Taxi drivers will tell you they have no change to try and keep your change. Jeepney drivers will charge you a higher fare then the Filipino pays trying to rob you of a measly few pesos. Filipinos will continually try to cut in front of you in line with their enormous sense of entitlement. I can go on and on with more examples. But, you get the picture of what your daily life routine will be like.

The basic rule to remember is that it will always be in favor of the Filipino... not ever you.

So, in closing, I reiterate "do not believe those websites wonderful stories of a tropical paradise and utopia in the Philippines." That may have been the case years ago. But, those ways and days are no longer part of the present Philippines. It's a new era and a new Philippines - sadly, not for the better.



This is not to say that all Filipinas are bad. Of course, there are exceptions. If you’re lucky enough to find one of the few good ones left, hold on to her, appreciate her and treasure her dearly. Because she will be the best thing that has ever happened to you. The posts here are to open your eyes to the enormous corruption, abuse of power, extortion, stealing, swindling and Filipina scams so you won’t become another one of the numerous statistics of foreigners that have fallen prey to them and have become a victim of the Philippines. All the posts on this blog site are TRUE stories of experiences in the Philippines. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND USE YOUR HEAD (the one on your shoulders)!!!!

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

By Manuel Mogato and Roli Ng


By Manuel Mogato and Roli Ng

MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader.

Politicians, indigenous people, priests, businessmen, and left-wing activists held marches and church masses accusing Duterte of authoritarianism and protesting at policies including a ferocious war on drugs that has killed thousands.

Signs saying "Stop The Killings" and "No To Martial Rule" reflected fears that Duterte would one day deliver on his threat to declare nationwide military rule like that imposed by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The rallies marked the 45th anniversary of the start of that era, remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive.

Effigies of Duterte were burned, including one which bore both his face and that of late Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

A protester with a toy gun played dead on the ground in a reenactment of one of a spree of drug-related killings that activists say are executions staged by police. Police reject those allegations.

Anti-Duterte Senator Risa Hontiveros said democracy was under threat by a "Dutertatorship" with a "policy of killing".

Vice President Leni Robredo, who was not Duterte's running mate, said Filipinos should recognize signs of "rising tyranny".

"It's sad that we seemed to have not learned our lessons," Robredro said. "There's a culture of violence around us."

Marcos declared martial law in 1972 and held power for 14 years until his removal in a bloodless, army-backed "people's power" uprising. He abolished democratic institutions and was accused of killing, torturing and "disappearing" thousands of opponents.


Duterte has expressed admiration for Marcos. His critics are alarmed by his autocratic rhetoric and a vicious disdain for his detractors.

But he won last year's election by a big margin and has maintained one of the highest public approval ratings of a Philippines president.

Several thousand turned out on Thursday to show their support for Duterte at a rival rally that entertained crowds with live music, dancing and food.

"This is to tell the people that 'here we are, we are the majority who are happy with the government and not those few who are just griping'," said rally organizer Benny Antiporda, a former journalist.

Millions of Filipinos admire Duterte's down-to-earth style, his decisiveness and even his imperfections.

His supporters at home and among the diaspora see him as a champion of ordinary people and the best hope for change that presidents from the political elite failed to bring.

The anti-Duterte demonstrators criticized his pro-China stance and the destruction in southern Marawi City by military air strikes targeting Islamist militants.

Others decried what they see as his cozy relationship with the still-powerful Marcos family.

"It seems that what we fought for in 1972, is again back. The total disrespect for human life, dignity, human rights. And that was how we started," said Rene Saguisag, a former senator and human rights lawyer.

"In some ways, it may be worse."

(Additional reporting by Dondi Tawatao, Romeo Ranoco, Enrique de Castro and Ronn Bautista; Writing by Manuel Mogato and Martin Petty; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Gangs Control Bilibid Prison - Philippine Politics - Duterte Administration

Gangs Control Bilibid Prison - Philippine Politics - Duterte Administration





Report: Philippines has fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific



Report: Philippines has fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific

PhilStar Global
August 1, 2017 

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has become the country with the fastest growing human immunodeficiency virus epidemic in the Asia Pacific region, according to a report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS or UNAIDS.

The UNAIDS report showed a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections in the Philippines for the past six years from an estimated 4,300 in 2010 to around 10,500 in 2016.

The Philippines has become one of the eight countries accounting for more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific. The number of new infections in the country, however, is not as high as several countries in the region which have tens of thousands of new infections every year.

Eamonn Murphy, Director of UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia-Pacific, said that the Philippines has a "small window of opportunity" to act on the epidemic.

"If HIV programming is re-directed to focus on the people most at risk and where they are located, I'm sure the country can not only return to a stable situation but even end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030," Murphy said.

In 2016, 83 percent of new HIV cases occurred among males who have sex with males (MSM) and transgender women who have sex with males (TGW). Majority of these infections were reported among 15- to 24-year-old MSM and TGW, according to Philippine data.

Data also showed that condom use among MSM and TGW jumped from 36 percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2015.

Only 35 percent of MSM and TGW aged 15 to 24 had correct knowledge on HIV transmission and prevention. Meanwhile, the number of MSM and TGW who were aware of their HIV status by getting tested increased from 5 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2015, which is still relatively low.

UNAIDS noted that the Philippine government has retooled its program to expand HIV services for MSM and TGW, focusing in 117 cities where 80 percent of new infections have been reported.

The government has increased funding for the HIV program between 2013 and 2015. The Department of Health is now providing free antiretroviral medicine to anyone who tests positive for HIV and other out-patient services to a maximum of P30,000 per person annually.

The DOH has three HIV treatment hubs in Metro Manila—Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, San Lazaro Hospital and Makati Medical Center. A UNAIDS report showed that the number of new HIV infections in the Philippines increased from 4,300 in 2010 to 10,500 in 2016. STAR/Miguel De Guzman, file 

The report also noted that local governments have provided and implemented innovative HIV prevention services such as which provide HIV testing and counseling.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said that HIV is one of the top health priorities for the government.

"The Department of Health, together with the Philippine National AIDS Council, other government agencies, local government units, and partner civil society groups is determined and committed to halt the increase in the number of cases and start reversing the trend of the epidemic in five years," she said. — Patricia Lourdes Viray


Bato dela Rosa confirms threat in Central Visayas

Bato dela Rosa confirms threat in Central Visayas

April 11, 2017
GMA News

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Monday confirmed receiving information that terrorist groups may attempt to conduct kidnappings in Central Visayas.

“I am giving assurance to the people na ‘yung ating mga pulis sa Central Visayas ay ready kaya huwag kayong matakot pumunta sa mga lugar na ‘yan. Although may advisory sila, that’s their role to advise their citizens. But for me, sa atin dito e…kahit kayo siguro hindi kayo takot pumunta ng Cebu, Bohol,” he said, referring to the advisory of US Embassy.

The US Embassy on Sunday advised its citizens in Central Visayas against possible abductions by members of extremist groups. 

"US citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as you make your travel plans, and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times," the travel advisory added.


Watch: “When a President Says, ‘I’ll Kill You.’”

Watch: “When a President Says, ‘I’ll Kill You.’”


We sent a film crew to the Philippines, where death, grief and fear fill the streets. Watch: “When a President Says, ‘I’ll Kill You.’”

New York Times

Sunday, March 26, 2017 9:00 AM EDT



On the streets of Manila, the body count rises daily as journalists document the crusade of President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Read Michael Moore's Full 'Trumpland' Explanation for How Trump Won

Read Michael Moore's Full 'Trumpland' Explanation for How Trump Won


Entertainment Weekly

      Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images; Karwai Tang/WireImage

In the film, which Moore filmed over two days in Ohio in September, the Oscar-winning director explains how voters in swing states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin -- all states won by Trump on Election Day -- could put the GOP nominee into power. (Moore called those states "Brexit states.") Moore's remarks in the video, which echoed comments he wrote on his website earlier this year, were even picked up by Trump himself, who tweeted out an edited video of the Michael Moore in Trumpland segment, and said he agreed with Moore. (Moore later slammed Trump for promoting the edited video.)

In the wake of Trump's victory, Moore tweeted, "The American Brexit. In June, Britain voted to leave Europe. Yesterday, America voted to leave America." Below, read Moore's full comments from Michael Moore in Trumpland, which provide further context to his post-election tweet.

Donald Trump came to the Detroit Economic Club, and stood there in front of the Ford Motor executives, and said, 'If you close these factories as you're planning to do in Detroit and build them in Mexico, I'm going to put a 35 percent tariff on those cars when you send them back, and nobody is going to buy them.' It was an amazing thing to see. No politician, Republican or Democrat, had ever said anything like that to these executives. And it was music to the ears of people in Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Brexit states. ... Whether Trump means it or not is kind of irrelevant because he's saying the things to people who are hurting. And it's why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten working stiff, who used to be part of what was called the middle class, loves Trump. He is the human Molotov cocktail that they've been waiting for. The human hand grenade that they can legally throw into the system that stole their lives from them. And on Nov. 8, Election Day, although they've lost their jobs, although they've been foreclosed on by the bank, next came the divorce and now the wife and kids are gone, the car's been repo'd, they haven't had a real vacation in years, they're stuck with the sh--ty Obamacare bronze plan, where you can't even get a f---ing Percocet. They've essentially lost everything they had, except one thing. The one thing that doesn't cost them a cent and is guaranteed to them by the American Constitution: the right to vote. They might be penniless, they might be homeless, they might be f---ed over and f---ed up, it doesn't matter. Because it's equalized on that day: a millionaire has the same number of votes as the person without a job, one. And there's more of the former middle class than there are in the millionaire class.

    AP Photo/David Goldman Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump gives thumbs up to supporters    during a primary night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. 

So on Nov. 8, the dispossessed will walk into the voting booth, be handed a ballot, close the curtain, and take that lever or felt pen or touch screen and put a big f---ing 'X' in the box by the name of the man who has threatened to upend and overturn the very system that has ruined their lives: Donald J. Trump.

They see that the elites, who ruined their lives, hate Trump. Corporate America hates Trump. Wall Street hates Trump. The career politicians hate Trump. The media hates Trump -- after they loved him, and created him, and now hate him. Thank you, media. The enemy of my enemy is who I'm voting for on Nov. 8. Yes, on Nov. 8, you: Joe Blow, Steve Blow, Bob Blow, Billy Blow, Billy Bob Blow, all the Blows get to go and blow up the whole goddamn system, because it's your right. Trump's election is going to be the biggest 'f--- you' ever recorded in human history. And it will feel good. For a day. Maybe a week. Possibly a month. And then? Like the Brits, who wanted to send a message, so they voted to leave Europe. Only to find out, that if you voted to leave Europe, you actually have to leave Europe. And now they regret it. All the Ohioans, Pennsylvanians, Michiganders, and Wisconsinites of Middle England, right? They all voted to leave, and now they regret it -- and over 4 million of them have signed a petition to have a do-over. They want another election. It ain't going to happen. Because you used the ballot as an anger-management tool. And now you're f---ed. And the rest of Europe? They're like, 'Bye, Felicia.'

So when the rightfully angry people of Ohio and Michigan and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin find out after a few months in office that President Trump wasn't going to do a damn thing for them, it'll be too late for them to do anything about it. But I get it. You wanted to send a message. You had righteous anger, and justifiable anger. Well, message sent. Good night, America. You just elected the last President of the United States.

Michael Moore On Donald Trump: "They're Being Manipulated By A Con Artist"






August 16, 2016

1. The tsinelas at all times
Tsinelas are traditional Filipino slippers, and must always be worn inside the house. If you go to another Filipino’s home, you’ll find various pairs already waiting for you at the entrance: flips flops, straw sandals, or slip-on house shoes. Now, wearing slippers isn’t really my thing. But as soon as I take off my shoes, I can see Grandma glaring at my awkward tsinelas-less feet as they walk away.

2. The hoarding
There’s something about Filipinos and keeping every napkin, take-out utensil, to-go container, and hotel soap we can find. It’s as if the apocalypse were to happen tomorrow. We always tend to take more than necessary — you just never know when you are going to need a packet of ketchup–and I always thought this was quite ridiculous until the day I unconsciously found myself doing the same. One day, I was in need of a napkin after a spilling a drink on myself, and guess who had about five buried at the bottom of her purse? This girl. Step aside, Tide To Go.

3. The balikbayan box
Turns out, we even hoard when traveling. A few months ago, while abroad, I accidentally found myself assembling a balikbyan box. I thought I could separate myself from that stereotype, but no. When a Filipino travels to another country (say, to visit the homeland before returning to Canada), they more than likely will return with a balikbayan box, like coming home with souvenirs for your family and friends — except Filipinos take it to the next level: while everyone else at the airport is waiting for a suitcase or two at the luggage pickup, Filipinos are waiting for a box filled with nothing but trinkets. I mailed mine home. No shame.

4. The karaoke lifestyle
If you so much as dare breathe the words “karaoke” to a Filipino, you will find yourself in a never ending musical trap. The average Canadian family may rarely sing a tune in front of one another just for fun. My family and extended family will turn it into a show, complete with little prizes or gifts at the end. I’m never surprised to come home and find my mother practicing her new favorite Barbra Streisand tune on the karaoke machine. It’s not a joke or silly past time, but a way of life.

5. The foreign items
Tucked away in the corner of my kitchen is a stick with a bundle of straws tied to the bottom of it. It’s our broom. This may be the only item we have in our house to clean up messes in the kitchen. It’s literally the only item we’ve ever had. We live in Canada — people are using a Swiffer WetJet like it’s nothing. My family is using a bundle of straws.

6. The “Filipino” time
For whatever reason, Filipinos always tend to run up to three hours behind. If we say to one another “See you at 4 o’clock, ‘Filipino time,’ ” we can safely assume that no one will actually be there until 6:30. If we’re lucky. I was born into this, and I am always that one friend that makes you late for everything. “Oh, dinner was at 6:00…ish?” I say as I awkwardly walk into a room full of all my friends who have already eaten. I think my Canadian friends have finally understood, and now if they want me somewhere by 7, they’ll tell me it’s at 5. And I still show up at 7:15.

7. The Tagalish
Everybody knows Spanglish. Filipino families have Tagalish. My mother will often say a few things to me in Tagalog, and being a Canadian born child, I’ll respond back in English. Family conversations, jokes, anything is usually just a mix of languages. I never really understood how weird it may be, until a friend of mine listened in with a puzzled look on her face, trying to piece it all together. Maybe the guys over in Quebec will understand.

8. The naming protocol
In Tagalog, to show respect for your elders, you must precede their name with either manong or kuya. In my life, I have only once referred to my brother as simply Peter, instead of Manong Peter. He wasn’t even there, and it was awkward. I guess some things you just can’t detach yourself from.

9. The superstitions
The majority of my Canadian friends think of demons and spirits as myths or silly stories. But to my family, they are very real. To this day, I can’t step out into a dense forest without worrying about disturbing and upsetting bad spirits. My parents taught me to always say “tabi po” when crossing paths with untouched Earth or immensely tall trees. We say this because we believe spirits — good or bad — live in these parts of the forest. If you don’t say “tabi po” to protect yourself from them, they will cause you harm. You may get sick, or fall and break a bone. To the normal Canadian folk, this is as just an accident on the trail or altitude sickness, but my familiy and I know better. Today when I go on hikes, I still tend to find myself whispering these words to small ferns and tall evergreens without even realizing it; you never know when a bad spirit is waiting around the riverbend.

10. The tight-knit community
One day, my mother called me while I was waiting in line at the Tim Horton’s Drive-Thru. I told her to hold on as I ordered from the kind, old Filipino woman at the window. Noticing my obvious visual Filipino characteristics, the woman started asking me if I was born in Canada, if I’ve ever been to the Philippines, where my parents are from. Then of course, my mother decides to chime in. “Anak, who is that?” Since my cell-phone and car speakers are connected, the lady at the window heard her too. Next thing I knew, there was a line of cars stalled behind me because of a conversation my mom was having with the worker, talking as if they were long lost best friends. Even at Tim Horton’s, when all I want is a coffee, I can’t escape from the Filipino culture.


Trump / Duterte

Trump / Duterte

August 6, 2016

Trump names Philippines as terrorist nation, implies Filipinos are 'animals'


This is the first thing Trump has said that I agree with!!!!


The Philippines Response To Trump's Comment:

 August 9, 2016

House reso seeks to ban Trump from entering PHL

A resolution filed at the House of Representatives seeks to ban US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Sr. from entering the Philippines for supposedly “being inimical to the national interest.”
House Resolution 143 was filed by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda following Trump’s mention of immigrants from the Philippines who may pose threats to the United States.
"We are letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn't be allowed because you can't vet them," Trump earlier said.
Salceda said Trump has no basis nor justification to the labeling of Filipinos coming from a terrorist state.
He said such “ugliness of utterances, largely unprompted and undeserved” are in contrast to the hospitality shown by Filipinos towards Trump when he launched a property in Makati City called Trump Tower.
“Trump has clearly generated impressions not conducive to public good and has shown disrespect or makes offensive utterances to the Filipino people,” Salceda said in the resolution.
“Be it resolved, as it is hereby resolved, that the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation permanently refused Donald J. Trump entry into the Philippines,” the resolution added.
Malacañang had earlier taken offense over Trump’s remarks, and reminded him how he once described the Philippines as a “special place.”
“Mr. Trump has even professed his love for the Philippines during the launch of his 57-storey luxury apartment in Makati," Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said. —Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/KBK, GMA News

Bitter truth: Do we deserve to be called a 'terrorist nation' by Trump? 

August 9, 2016

Last week Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican Party's presidential candidate for the upcoming polls, was at a rally in Portland, Maine, where he reiterated his stand against taking in immigrants from what he referred to as "terrorist nations.""We are letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn't be allowed because you can't vet them. You have no idea who they are. This could be the great Trojan horse of all time," he said. “Terrorists, including members of the Islamic State extremist group, will sneak into the U.S. as refugees.”Reports noted that Trump then went on to list several countries that he felt the U.S. should be wary of: Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.These countries, he said, had immigrants who were arrested for conducting or threatening to carry out violent attacks, teaching bomb-making to recruits, and otherwise supporting terror groups.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report observed that the countries enumerated by Trump were "mostly Muslim-majority nations." The Philippines, of course, is not counted as a Muslim-majority country, as it is identified as predominantly Catholic. Also, most Filipinos who migrate to the US are not Muslims but Catholics.Trump may have gone overboard in calling the Philippines (which, by the way, has allowed a Trump Tower to be built) a "terrorist nation" but his accusation isn’t entirely baseless.In April this year, local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf — who are supposedly fighting for autonomy in Mindanao but whose members have been known more for kidnapping for ransom — beheaded Canadian national John Ridsdel.Ridsdel, along with fellow Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, and Filipina Marithes Flor, were kidnapped from the Holiday Oceanview Samal Resort on Samal Island on Sep 21, 2015, by the extremist group.They initially demanded a ransom of PHP1 billion (or around US$21,306,060) for each hostage. The amount was brought down to PHP300 million (or around US$6.4 million). The ransom was never paid.Two months after Ridsdel's beheading, they also executed Hall.Since the Abu Sayyaf Group was formed in the 1990s, the Philippine government has not stopped its efforrts against them, but, so far, it has failed to wipe out its members.ASG has been described as a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a rebel faction that wants greater Muslim autonomy in Mindanao, the island located in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago.The Washington Post recalled: "ASG kidnapped 20 people from a resort in 2001, including three Americans, one of whom was beheaded. In 2004, Abu Sayyaf carried out the worst terrorist attack in the history of the Philippines, targeting a ferry in Manila Bay, leaving 116 people dead. The following year, its militants carried out bombings across the country."Although the Abu Sayyaf has been considered as "largely subdued" at the moment, it's reported ties with al-Qaeda and, subsequently, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is definitely cause for alarm.An April 2016 TIME feature noted that "Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon — now styled Sheik Mujahid Abu Abdullah al-Filipini — has been appointed ISIS’s leader in the Philippines."Rohan Gunaratna, an international terrorism expert at S. Rajaratnam School of Security Studies in Singapore, told TIME that "it’s very likely that [Abu Sayyaf] will declare a satellite of the caliphate in the coming year. Once that is done, it will be much more difficult to dismantle these groups."By "groups," Gunaratna is referring to other extremist outfits who have hosted training sessions with foreign terrorist operatives.It may be recalled that in January 2015, Zulkifli bin Hir — a Malaysian described as a key facilitator between Indonesian and Filipino extremist groups — was cornered and killed in Mamasapano in central Mindanao.The government paid a heavy price for that encounter. Forty-four members of the Philippine National Police's Special Action Force were killed. The event stalled President Benigno Aquino III’s administration's peace negotiations with the Moro separatists.Decades before Mamasapano, the Philippines was also used as a launching pad for the Bojinka Plot, which was funded by none other than Osama bin Laden and Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin (also known as Hambali).It turns out that Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, bin Laden’s brother-in-law, had moved to the Philippines sometime in the late 1980s to set up numerous financial fronts to benefit al-Qaeda.The Bojinka plot was a three-pronged attack by Islamists Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for Jan 1995.They planned to assassinate Pope John Paul II who was in the Philippines for the World Youth Day celebrations, blow up 11 airliners in flight from Asia to the United States to shut down air travel around the world, and crash a plane into the headquarters of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Fairfax County, Virginia.The Bojinka Plot was disrupted after a chemical fire started at the apartment where the Yousef and his group were staying.Cops later descended on Room 603 of Doña Josefa Apartment along Quirino Avenue in Malate, Manila. While Yousef and his other companions fled from the scene, a man named Abdul Hakim Murad was caught and later interrogated.Yousef and Mohammed were unable to stage any of the three attacks.The only fatality resulted from a test bomb planted by Yousef on Philippine Airlines Flight 434 which killed one person and injured 10 others in Dec 1994.They had also planted other test bombs in various locations. These tests didn't have any casualties.While Yousef was later arrested in Pakistan, Mohammed went on to become the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.With that said, we ask: Is the Philippines a terrorist nation?For now, there is no clear answer. What we know is that there is a definite terrorist threat in the country that seems to be gaining strength. For people like Trump, that's enough to get a country branded as a terrorist nation.


Filipinos are so thin skinned. They can criticize and insult others, but God forbid somebody should tell the truth about them.... Pathetic Filipinos... 


 August 6, 2016

Duterte calls US ambassador 'bakla' over campaign comments

 It looks like President Rodrigo remains at odds with United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg despite having met a few times after the elections.

In a speech delivered late Friday night at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City, Duterte called Goldberg “bakla” or “gay” for comments the envoy made during the campaign.


Duterte insults U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines... Biting the hand that feeds him, so to speak... Yet another genius move by a Filipino...


U.S. Response To Duterte's Comment:

US summons PH envoy over Duterte’s ‘bakla’ tag on Goldberg

August 9, 2016
MANILA — The US has summoned Philippine Charge d’Affaires to Washington D.C., Patrick Chuasoto, to clarify “inappropriate comments” made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.
“We’ve seen those inappropriate comments made about (U.S.) Ambassador (Philip) Goldberg. He’s a multi-time ambassador, one of our most senior diplomats,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told a news briefing.
Trudeau, however, declined to disclose the meeting between US officials and Philippine CDA Patrick Chuasoto.

“I’m not going to read out that detailed conversation, but it was specifically on those remarks,” said Trudeau.
Mr. Duterte last week detailed the meeting last week between he had with  US Department of State Secretary John Kerry, who visited the Philippines from July 26-27. Ambassador Goldberg was also present at the meeting.
Duterte, known for his foul mouthed manner, belittled the US $32-million fund donation announced by Kerry and has called ambassador Goldberg “bakla” or “gay ambassador” and “son of a bitch” during the recent meeting with soldiers in Davao City.
“I am pissed with him” (referring to ambassador Goldberg).  He meddled during the election, giving statements here and there. He was not supposed to do that,” Duterte told the audience of soldiers.
Goldberg has earned the ire of Mr. Duterte after he criticized the President’s joke during the campaign about the rape and murder of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill in 1989.
Meanwhile, the US government has raised deep concern on rising number of vigilante style killings of people linked to drugs in the country, reaching more than 400. It called on the Duterte administration to uphold rule of law in implementing war on drugs.
Elizabeth Trudeau, spokesperson of the US Department of State, said the US would continue to call on Philippine officials “to emphasize the importance of this fundamental democratic principle.”
“We strongly urge the Philippines to ensure its law enforcement efforts comply with its human rights obligations,” said Trudeau in a press briefing at the US State Department on August 8.
She said the US-Philippines partnership has beenbased on respect for rule of law. “We believe in due process. We believe in respect for universal human rights. We believe fundamentally that those aspects ensure and promote long-term security.”
Legal experts have warned Duterte that he could face charges of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.  SFM


Duterte Response:

Duterte won't apologize for calling US ambassador 'bakla' 

August 13, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte maintained he was not going to apologize to United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg, saying it is the envoy who needs to apologize to him first.
"Hindi nga siya nag-apologize sa akin, why would I apologize to him? Siya mismo ang nag-una," he said in an ambush interview after a speech made in Camp Teodolfo Baustista in Jolo, Sulu.
In a speech last week, Duterte called Goldberg "bakla" over the envoy's comments during the campaign period. That resulted in the US Depart of State summoning the Philippines envoy in Washington to explain Duterte's comments.
The rift between Duterte and Goldberg started after the former Davao City mayor made a controversial remark over the rape of an Australian missionary in 1989.
Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely reacted saying rape and murder should never be trivialized.
Goldberg, in a television interview, supported Gorely's position.
Duterte said he was hurt by Goldberg's statement during the campaign.
"Talagang nasaktan ako kasi election time eh. Ngayon, medyo okay na ako. Sino ba ang hindi magalit, election time tapos magbitaw ka ng salita na ganoon?" he said.
Washington summoned Filipino charge d'affaires Patrick Chuasato to explain Duterte's remarks, which the US called  "inappropriate and unacceptable."
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Thursday that explanations have already been made to the State Department, while defending the comments as not meant for the public. Duterte himself expressed confidence that US-Philippine ties remain strong. —JST, GMA News

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Rusty Kolp says:
July 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm
I would like to leave just a comment regarding online dating mostly the phillipine dating sites but this pewrtains to many more also.
For three years I have been seeking to bring girl here to USA for marriage in this time I have met so many fake girls using fake pictures different names and so on ,yes so many not have computers but to use the cyber cafes they must make the most of there time , this means logging onto as many sites as possible all at the same time,chatting to as many guys as possible all at the same time and lieing to as many guys as possible all at the same time,granted not all do this but 75% are taking your money under false pretense I have never heard so many excuses and so many problems that anyone person can have.
I think when a another guy contacted me and told me truth abut this certain pinay he said it best (They learn from a very young age what to say and how to say it in order to get money out of your pocket ) and I agree it seems the spread what things to say because so many use the very same problem excuses over and over , the dating sites are full of girls using others pics and using god name to make you believe what they say. I still hope I find a real pinay to marry but now I m much wiser after loosing $14,000.00 dollars in three years of searching

mike says:
May 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Yes… it is lots of fake people online and off…. This is how the world is. But learn how to be more professional in spotting them.
1. If every picture is always too perfect, this is you first sign but still talk to them.
2. Quickly say, I want to see you. And ask them how can I see you? If they ask you to send money for a cam, you are almost there. Then try to send them a cheep cam….. no money but try to send cam.
3. Ask for some all things in their pics. Peace sign, feet, anything that is not a normal thing.
And I though if these on my own so I know you can thing of some things.

Andy says:
April 6, 2016 at 10:53 am
Just to make you feel better. I courted a filipina, visited her 5 times, then she tells me she needs to get away from her family. I just found out she came to USA already! Getting ready to marry another American.!!! Wtf!

Tyrone Davis says:
October 9, 2014 at 1:58 am
Well I met this young pinay through a relative already living in the USA she introduced us I looked her up on Facebook we got to know each other I flew to her country and married her and boy that was a big mistake when she CE to the USA she changed completely found out it was a scam and now she is living with someone else I took care of her and her family for four years o flew there three times and this is what o got in return some pinays are honest some are not you just got to be careful because some will use you just to get out of the country.
I got scam and it was marriage fraud but one day I will findy true Asian queen.

David says:
October 31, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Just stay away from thais and filipinas. It´s all about money. Try Vietnamese or Korean, where you find the most honest and beautiful women!

jonalyn fulgueras says:
November 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm
hi im a filipina but i agree with you manu of the girls who joining a dating website just want to get out of their country but i think when someone already trusted you and love you its enough to love him back and give what he deserve many filipina is a user just try not to get fooled.

winter says:
December 26, 2015 at 11:43 am
Not all.. Some Filipina are nice and not after of the money. Of course you have to consider someone with breeding and the kind of person she is. If you are dating someone who is a bitch on the street then I will not argue on that. Most of them are likely like that. But if it is professional and well educated, I don’t think they are like that.

April says:
December 28, 2014 at 2:28 am
Mine is very different. Ive been to college in the philippines, lived in europe for a while (my husband stalked me on facebook for a while ,wooed me then married me. He is in the military and stationed in europe). I followed him there, reached 2 years mark of being married, went back to the states for another duty station and christmas time comes this 2014.. He tricked me into sending me back to philippines for a supposed visit to my family christmas and just message me recently he wont buy me a return ticket to the u.s . Im a permanent residence. I felt so stupid. I was emotionally depressed because he never help me adjust to foreign life when i was there. I was in depressed mode and he used it against me after i return here why he wants me to stay here for a while when in fact if he did not emotionally buffed me hen i was there i would be okay.
I never join any dating site, im educated in my country. I even work inside the base in germany to help off set the cost. It breaks my heart to pathom that the harsh reality is, people looked down to us filipinas because of the reasons stated above but there are other stories like mine. My husband was my first foreign friend ,boyfriend and i married him. I never looked for one but he showed up in my doorstep, swept me off my feet and threw me like im just a thing. I guess mine is a different story.

April 16, 2016
Well as some of you guys may remember I had a thread on hear awhile go about my now ex handing a baby over to her to keep as the mother could not afford for her food. I never could get the real answer what ever happened to it or if really even existed but I did not hear much of it after a few weeks. Anyways I was with her since June 2011 and I really grew tired of her games and alot of people telling me that she was so lucky to have me mainly by Filipino guys who assumed my condo or even 2 taxi drivers I never asked why they said it but I just shrugged it off,
I really gave the relationship my best but it was fruitless and a waste of time to continue, I also had a message in my facebook from another guy saying that he had met with her a few times but had never done anything and that he wanted to marry with her. When i confronted her about it at first she denied it then he gave me more specifics and I was able to tell it was a genuine message and I confronted her with it again and she told me that they were just friends. This girl is from a broken but nice family and was also working in a mall when I first met her long hours, I really did my best to support her by sending her an allowance every month, flagship smart phone's and nice designer brand watches etc she also stayed with her sister and sister in-law and her niece in one of the condos, Her brother already found a new girl but they still wanted to help her and the baby. Her brother is working in another city. She also had a nice trip in Australia and we spent a few weeks on the Gold Coast so why she wanted to play games is beyond me.
Anyway enough is enough I could not tolerate it as I had for around 4.5 years so I just told her it's over I can't live like this anymore. She already transferred to some rough boarding house as she did not want to return to her mothers and sister room.
So I tried using Date In Asia but really not much luck there. Too many liars and players. Many fakes.

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