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)!!!!

Dating / Marrying Filipinas - Real Experiences


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.

Source is available upon request.


Nabbed Over Affair With Minor



Nabbed Over Affair With Minor

Thursday, March 10, 2016
By Oscar C. Pineda

CEBU. Japanese national Yoshio Morino was presented to the media on Thursday, March 10, 2016, following his arrest for having an affair with a minor. (Sun.Star Photo/Amper Campaña)

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested the other day (March 9) a Japanese national for allegedly “sleeping” with a minor inside a motel room here in the city.

Yoshio Morino, 69, from Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, told reporters that he did not know that the girl was a minor and apologized for it.

NBI agents went to Room 406 of Queensland Motel, Arcadio Maxilom St. in Barangay Careta, Cebu City, at 3:30 p.m., and found Morino with the 15-year-old girl.

Agents turned the girl over to the social worker and to her parents in Naga City where the victim lives.

Morino signed a waiver yesterday, freeing the NBI from liability for arbitrary detention as he will be detained at the NBI stockade without charges.

Prosecutor II Mario Ley Gidayawan gave the suspect’s counsel Roberto Arendain to submit a counter-affidavit before or not later than March 21.

Sun.Star Cebu is withholding the girl’s name as she is a minor.

The NBI agent handling the case, lawyer Donaver Inesin, said they are now preparing a case of rape in connection with Child Abuse Law or Republic Act 7610, and violation of Expanded Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 or Republic Act (RA) 10364.


Morino, a retired chef and a widow from Setagaya Ward in Tokyo and who arrived the country one and a half month ago, said the girl stated in profile picture that she was 19 years old.

“She told me that if you buy me a new cellphone I’m gonna be your girlfriend,” Morino remembers the girl telling him when they met.

The Japanese tourist admitted having sex with the girl, believing that she is already 19 years old.

“But I never forced the girl,” said Morino.

Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, who presented the suspect yesterday in a press conference, said Morino befriended the girl through social media and arranged a meeting in Talisay City, Mandaue City and Cebu City.

Inesin said the two first saw each other last Feb. 23 in a mall in Talisay City.

She said the suspect then brought the 15-year-old girl to a motel in Mandaue City, but nothing happened between them that time.

“Pagka-February 25, didto na siya (that was when it happened), forced against her will, consummated gyud, (and) were looking at a rape case,” said Inesin, and this reportedly happened in the suspect’s rented room at City Seascape in Mandaue City.

After their meeting the victim told her parents what happened and they sought the help of the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC), whose co-chair is Magpale.


When the suspect met the victim again last March 9, the victim’s parents alarmed the NBI. When the suspect and victim took a cab, NBI operatives on motorcycle followed them until they checked in a motel.

Inesin gathered from the victim that the suspect created an account “Filipino cupid dot com.”

“So we could assume that her friends (victims) are also using the same website, although we cannot go further nga abuse pud sila,” said Inesin.

The victim said she went with him just for fun.

Magpale said they will visit schools and inform teachers and students on the dangers of visiting suspicious websites.

She admitted an increase in the number of abuse victims.

The PWC, co-chaired by Magpale, is composed of law enforcers from NBI and PNP; prosecutor’s office; medical and psychology professionals and Capitol officials.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 11, 2016.

Why Would Anyone Want To Visit The Philippines?

Why Would Anyone Want To Visit The Philippines?

January 31, 2016

I’m fairly well traveled. I’ve been in the Philippines many years and have experienced it.

Here’s the true take on the Philippines: 
1. Never relaxed or felt safe at all whilst moving around in Manila. Was constantly on edge and waiting for bad things to happen. Was on guard but all the time felt nervous. Going out at night unless by taxi was a big no-no. Even by taxi was a risk. 

2. Went to Clark AFB, a cyclone came in and weather was terrible for about three days.

3. Couldn't eat at McDonald’s without children or women with babes in arms banging on the restaurant windows asking for money. Have never seen as much poverty or as many slums as in Manila and children begging. It had all the sounds of a dysfunctional country.

4. The only positives were the women spoke English and understood better.

5. Was constantly hassled by beggars in the street and really believe Manila to be the worst city ever visited.

6. Food on the streets, was by and large greasy, unhealthy and inedible unless went to lousy fast food joints. 

People being mugged in broad daylight in Manila, gangs of well dressed Filipinos robbing people without shame in Jeepneys working in groups of up to 8, terrible poverty, drugs being placed in peoples drinks knocking them out and getting robbed, credit card scams in restaurants, aggressive and nasty attitudes from Manila taxis threatening and refusing to open meters, cheating and scamming as soon as you get off the plane, police and security with machine guns at shopping malls and ever increasing threats from Muslim insurgents.

My God, it makes Pattaya sound like kindergarden!!!

I have made a few friends from the Philippines on Facebook and can assure readers ALL BAR NONE are trying to get out of the Philippines and work elsewhere. Never met one, male or female, that says they love the Philippines and want to stay.  

There you have it… As Paul Harvey would say, “and that’s the real story.”

Why would anyone want to visit the Philippines???

Reader Comments:
Scruffy cities. Boring, unhealthy food. Above all, skip Manila. Worst city in SE Asia by far.
the Philippines way ahead  in the murder stakes.

Many natural disasters (storms, earthquakes, volcanoes)
Much poverty
Food is often bland
Taxation on world-wide income (only of interest to those wishing to live there).

Everything is inferior:
  - The ubiquitous grime
  - The catholic bigotry seems an insult to the intelligence
  - The filthy food where each dish is bursting with fat and sugar
  - Too low roof Jeepneys where it enters and leaves squatting
  - All types of more expensive and less good housing.
  - As stated above beggars, slums, garbage everywhere, misery, rats ...

The Philippines, the banking system there is just shit, they learned from the Americans, the road system is shit and the traffic is unbelievable, the train system does not exist and the ferries are overcrowded and dangerous. Since Marcos every government came in on the promise to do something against corruption and then they just filled up their own pockets and disappeared. So if you don't want to be disappointed make a circle around the Philippines and call it a "No go Zone"

Woman Faces Theft Complaint For ‘Robbing American Boyfriend’

Woman Faces Theft Complaint For ‘Robbing American Boyfriend’


Friday, January 15, 2016
Gerome M. Dalipe

A RETIRED American sued his former girlfriend for allegedly stealing his gold coins and making an unauthorized withdrawal from his bank account amounting to about P100,000 total in 2014.

Lewis Franklin Johnson filed a complaint before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor accusing Cherie Emnace Momongan of theft and violation of Republic Act 8484 (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998).

State Prosecutor Simaco Labata found evidence to charge Momongan with theft and violation of Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 before the Regional Trial Court.

In his affidavit, Johnson said he sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI 7) after he discovered that his gold coins worth $1,200 were lost.

He also found out that his silver coins worth $17 were missing. The American also reported the unauthorized withdrawal from his dollar bank account amounting to $1,148.

Johnson and Momongan went to the bank and reported the unauthorized withdrawal.

The bank manager told them they could provide video footage of those who withdrew from their bank, but it would need clearance from their head office.

Momongan also confessed to Johnson that she was “kidnapped” and was brought to a warehouse.

She claimed she was blindfolded and was kept inside a dark room.

Momongan said she was “lucky” since she escaped from her captors. She later received text messages threatening her. Johnson said they decided to report the incident to the NBI 7 for fear of their lives.

But NBI 7 investigators doubted Momongan’s claim that she was kidnapped.

While she claimed to be from Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Momongan is not familiar with Gen. Maxilom Ave.

The investigators suspected that the respondent stole the gold and silver coins and illegally withdrew money from Johnson’s ATM card.

The American received text messages from someone who posed as Momongan and let her withdraw money from his ATM card.

The NBI 7 investigators then accompanied Johnson to view the CCTV from the bank and confirmed that Momongan made several withdrawals on various dates in October 2014.

“It is clear that the kidnapping story is just a hoax and respondent (Momongan) did unauthorized withdrawals,” said Prosecutor Labata in his resolution.

Labata said Momongan took the ATM card, gold and silver coins from the deposit box.

Momongan also admitted to Johnson that she just wanted his money and wished she could get more from him.

Momongan failed to submit her counter-affidavit, which would have given her the chance to refute the charges lodged against her.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 16, 2016

Beware Of The Filipina Marriage Scam

Beware Of The Filipina Marriage Scam


Posted - January 9, 2016

Filipina marriage scams occur when a woman lures an unsuspecting Western man into her dangerous web with promises of love and devotion. The man who is usually from the United States, United Kingdom, or Australia falls in love with the person the Filipino woman is pretending to be and marries her. Once the deceptive woman gets what she wants out of the marriage she discards her husband. Sometimes the Filipina will trash the husband's reputation in the process, and if there are children involved the situation becomes even more frightening.

How Do Filipina Women Meet Western Men
A prominent way a woman living in the Philippines will meet a Western man is over the internet. She will post an attractive picture of herself online at various dating and social networking sites. She will quickly tell a man who has shown interest in her how much she loves him and how much she wants to be with him. Sometimes she will be professing love to more than one man at a time. She will appear virtuous and come off as the perfect woman and excellent wife material. Sometimes she will tell of hardships and ask for money before marriage, other times she will wait until she is in the U.S., Australia, or U.K. to begin taking money from her husband. Before continuing with this article it needs to be said that not all women in the Philippines are scammers. Unfortunately it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between an honest woman and a migration scammer until a marriage has taken on a darker component and eventually dissolves.

The Cleaner Scam
The cleaner scam occurs when a Filipina woman marries a man who has the intention of moving to the Philippines to live with her. Usually he will have to return to his home country for a period of time to make arrangements. His Filipina wife convinces him to add her name to all of his bank accounts. After he does this she empties the accounts and he never sees her again.

Scams to Get Into the States
Many Fililpina women will scam men so that they can move to the U.S., U.K., or Australia where life is better and money is more abundant. Often they will wait until the allotted time after which the husband cannot say the marriage is a fraud, and then divorce the man. Sometimes a woman is already married and will ask for her brother or cousin to come live with her and her husband. When this is the case, the "brother" or "cousin" is really her first husband.

The Dump Truck Scam
-Tampo Phase

The dump truck scam is form of marriage fraud that can last for a number of years. A man from the U.S., U.K. or Australia will marry a Filipina woman who has made him fall in love with her with pretty words and verbal caresses. The husband will bring his new wife back to his home country, only to discover she is not the person he thought she was. She will begin to act distant, unhappy, and snappish.

- Distracted Phase
In this phase of the scam the filipina wife will stop listening to and being attentive to her husband. She will act distracted when speaking to him, or "doodle" on paper during important conversations. She will ask for money for things she doesn't need, stop taking care of the house, or doing anything to contribute to the marriage.

- Falsely Reporting Abuse
A filipina woman may call the police and say she is being abused by her husband during this phase when she really is not. According to the Mail Order Bride blog, "...female perpetrators of immigration fraud are highly familiar with U.S. Domestic violence laws and understand a false claim of abuse not only insures free legal assistance but also invokes new federal laws prohibiting their removal from the United States" . Not only does this harm the reputation and legal status of the accused husband, it takes valuable time and resources away from women who really are being abused.

-Using Children
Sometimes a filipina woman will have children with her husband while still in the midst of a migration scam. She may do this with her husband's knowledge or she may trick him into impregnating her. Once children are born it makes it much easier for a marriage scammer to get what she wants. When children are in the home a husband is asked to leave if she cries abuse. She will often file for a restraining order, file for welfare benefits, ask for a divorce for which she will receive free legal aid, and get most if not all of the marital assets. In some cases the father will be cut completely out of the child's life and the marriage scammer will use legal means to achieve this, even though her husband is a natural born citizen.

Everyone Suffers from Marriage Scams
Marriage scams happen more often than people realize and when a marriage scam is successful a number of people suffer.

One marriage scammer was married to her American husband for years and had three children with him. She cried abuse and ended up getting sole custody of her children and all of the marital assets. The victim of the filipina migration scam was ordered to pay more in child support than he made and was not even allowed to keep enough money to pay for his life sustaining medication. This filipina's ex-husband is now living in the Philippines with his new wife. The ex-husband is a pastor whose passport was taken from him by the United States Embassy because of the actions of his ex-wife and he cannot return to the United States because of telephone threats on his life made by the police of his hometown. This victim of a migration scam cannot come back to the U.S. to see or protect his kids right now, though he is fighting to change that.

Another marriage scammer actually married her husband in the United States, though she was only there on a Visa. After the marriage her personality changed completely. After the marriage fall apart the husband found out he was not even legally married to the Filipina woman because she already had a husband in the Philippines. He then found out his "wife" had stolen money from a local V.A. Hospital and was filtering it through an account in his name. The woman was never seen again even though the U.S. government has searched for her for over a decade.

Some women will divorce their husbands as soon as they can legally stay in the United States. Others will exhort large amounts of money before doing so. Some Filipina migration scammers will get their husbands to buy them a house, car, pay for their education, and have babies with them before they toss them aside. In the end the husband is left hurting, kept away from his children, and has to rebuild life from scratch.

Caregiver Dupes Disabled American of PhP915K

This American did not know lending means giving in the Philippines?

Yet another American duped. The only part that confuses me is how it took him that long to realize he was being cheated. 

Caregiver Dupes Disabled American of PhP915K

Staff Report Published: December 23, 2015

MANILA: A disabled American has accused his Filipina caregiver of allegedly duping him of PhP915,000 and filed estafa charges against her, media reports said.

Since being hired, Leah Caparida, 33, borrowed money from him for 21 times. He said he gave her cash in 20 out of the 21 instances she asked for a loan, Marvin Hensel, 57, was quoted as saying by Inquirer.

In an affidavit submitted to the Manila Police District general assignment section, Hensel reportedly said he was filing 20 counts of estafa against her.

He was quoted as saying that Caparida started borrowing money in May 2015.

She often claimed that she needed the cash for hospitalization, the report said.

Since then, almost every week, Hensel would lend Caparida money, sometimes in dollars, sometimes in peso.

On Monday afternoon, Caparida attempted to borrow PhP27,000 to pay her bills in a Bulacan hospital.

“I refused (to give her the money) after I confirmed with the hospital…that there is no such patient in her name ,” Hensel was quoted as saying by Inquirer.

Woman Faces Charges For Duping Belgian Guy

Woman Faces Charges For Duping Belgian Guy


Woman Faces Charges For Duping Belgian Guy


Sun Star
Saturday, November 28, 2015

A WOMAN from Cebu City is facing criminal charges in court for allegedly duping a Belgian national into sending her money by pretending that she applied for work abroad and undergoing medical treatment in 2013.
The Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor has indicted Alamarie Mabasa for estafa, which is a violation of Art. 315 of the Revised Penal Code.
It would appear that the intention of respondent (Mabasa) in telling fabricated tales was to take advantage of complainant’s trust and brotherly affection,” the resolution penned by Assistant City Prosecutor Naruzen Delfin-Lorete.
Bail is set at P60,000.
Alexander Schick filed the estafa case against Mabasa, whom he met in April 11, 2013 via software application Skype. The accused worked as a sales agent for Schick’s online ticketing business.
When Schick visited the country in May 2013, he and Mabasa met and became good friends. Mabasa confessed to Schick about her problems with her family, health, personal and financial problems.
The accused asked money from Schick, who then sent her via money transfer.
Mabasa also asked Schick to send her money for the processing fee for her application for Taiwan and her medical treatment. The
Belgian national sent her $3,620, or P155, 660 (at P43 to the dollar).
But last January 2014, Schick became suspicious of Mabasa’s motive, prompting him to verify from Mabasa’s friend about her condition.
Schick later discovered that Mabasa never really left the country for Taiwan nor underwent medical treatment.
Schick said he was “deeply aggrieved” by Mabasa’s deceitful misinterpretation” and ‘false medical condition.”
Schick sent Mabasa a letter, demanding from her to return the money, but to no avail.
A certification from the Bureau of Immigration in Manila confirmed that Mabasa never left the Philippines for Taiwan.
Mabasa’s former friend, Marissa Paner-Alferez, also executed an affidavit stating that the accused also collected payments from her clients without her authority.

Mabasa ran errands for Alferez’s wedding planning venture.
In the resolution, Prosecutor Lorete said Mabasa duped Schick into giving her money by pretending to have worked in Taiwan and undergoing medical treatment.
It was a scheme to extract money from him (Schick), who unfortunately parted with his money,” said Lorete.

Vacationing American National Arrested – Dies in Jail in Cebu City

Vacationing American National Arrested – Dies in Jail in Cebu City






Vacationing American National Arrested – Dies in Jail in Cebu City

Posted - November 25, 2015

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A vacationing American national who was in Cebu City visiting a friend has died in jail after telling police he could not breathe.
51-year-old was arrested and later died in a Cebu City jail with a seedy past from earlier this year.

Cebu City police say that Pikl’s death had no foul play involved – an autopsy has yet to be conducted.
Pikl’s familyl disputes the Philippines media reports that he went “wild” and “berserk” before dying.

Skip Pikl, Mark’s brother, said the reports are “troubling.”

Pikle, an American veteran and retired correctional officer, “would not have acted that way,” his brother Brian said.

Family members said their brother walked in pain and was due to have surgery to correct the problem.

Richard Woodling, consul general at the Philippine Consulate General of Portland, said the circumstances around Pikl’s death sound “rather suspicious.”

A report on the incident said that Pikle was arrested on Wednesday after “getting wild” near a hotel in Fuente Osmeña.

Pikl reportedly complained to police officers that he could not breathe while being detained inside his holding cell.

Cebu City Police reiterated that “We assure the public that there was no foul play.”
The cause of Pikl’s death is still under investigation.

Brian Pikl said the family is working with the State Department and the American Consular  

Agency to conduct an autopsy and return Pikl’s body to the State of Oregon – Mark Pikl is originally from Salem, Oregon.

Locals suspect foul play when hearing of the death of the American national as the jail where Pikl died was also the subject of media attention when earlier this year an 11-year-old died after she was beaten and electrocuted while being detained.

Officers at that jail are facing murder charges for the incident with the young girl – now the family of Pikl may be faced with the same consequences in the death of their brother.



This is a true story happening in the Philippines now. It was published in The Seattle Times - 

SCAMMED - Swiss National Working As Street Vendor In Cebu

SCAMMED - Swiss National Working As Street Vendor In Cebu


Yet another example of why to buy your stuff in your name only.


September 30, 2015

[quote] Earning P150 a day, Ulrich Notter said he doesn’t have money to go back to Switzerland.
A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Notter worked as a painter in a private firm there and married his first wife, a Filipina.
They stayed in Zurich for seven years and then settled in Surigao province for four years.
Notter said they built a house in Surigao but their relationship deteriorated into a series of quarrels about money.
My ex-wife tricked me by saying the house cost only P1 million but I learned it was P3.5 million so I depleted my pension paying for it,” he said. He had no house to come home to, farmland and rice field were reportedly sold by his wife. Notter used up whatever remained of his proceeds to apply for work until it dried up.

He met a Filipina which he courted and they lived in one apartment. She taught him how to make Chocolate marshmallow, "biko", which they then made as business. Later on, he realized that the woman is a gambler and that she always asks for money. The woman left taking his last P50,000 with her, leaving without a trace.

Now he's alone, trying to make a living here in the streets of Cebu selling anything he can get (fish crackers, marshmallow chocolate). He makes so little to feed himself, luckily he has his church to feed him, but he has this apartment that he mentioned he's renting at 1,500.
I sell the whole day, in Carbon, in Colon, in Labangon and every Sunday I go to Tabunok to sell them,” Notter said. [quote]

Source: The Victim Himself - Ulrich Notter



12:30 AM | Saturday, April 25th, 2015

NOEMI Mirabiles, who earns a living by begging on the streets of Cebu City, clings to the coffin bearing the body of her daughter, Chastity, 11, also a beggar, who was killed after physical abuses suffered allegedly in the hands of Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu and his men.

Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu

CEBU CITY—Life on the streets as a beggar ended in a violent death for an 11-year-old girl and possible criminal charges for the policeman who had been accused of beating the girl and her companion up after the children were rounded up as part of the city government’s campaign to keep street children away from crimes.

The two girls, both 11-year-olds, were picked up by police on April 5. The next day, one of the girls, 11-year-old Chastity Mirabiles, who had been begging in the streets, collapsed. She was brought to the city hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

The Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) officials became suspicious and started investigating.

The other 11-year-old girl, also a beggar and who had kept Chastity company, told DSWS officials how they were beaten up and subjected to electric shock by Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu, head of the Fuente police station, and his subordinates.

Tiu is now facing investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation and DSWS for manhandling the street children. Tiu, who is on leave since April 20, denied beating the girls up. “Why should I hurt children when they are just victims of their parents?” he said.

NBI Assistant Director Augusto Isidoro said they decided to intervene because the accusations were “too serious to be ignored.” “The victim here is a child, a girl at that,” he said on Thursday.

According to the other 11-year-old girl, Chastity was sleeping on the pavement outside a convenience store near Fuente Osmeña Rotunda around 2 a.m. on April 5 when a policeman arrived and kicked her on the face. The witness said the policeman “threw” Mirabiles into a police car and brought Mirabiles and the other girl to Fuente police station.

The other girl claimed that she and Mirabiles were given electric shock inside the police station. The two girls were released from police custody around 7 a.m. of April 6. Since Mirabiles was too weak to walk, her companion had to carry her in her back while they headed to Fuente Osmeña.

On April 5, Mirabiles was able to go home in Barangay Sambag II here. The following day, she returned to Fuente Osmeña to beg. At noon, she collapsed. Bystanders called an ambulance and rushed Mirabiles to the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), where the girl was declared dead.

Tests made at the CCMC said the cause of the girl’s death could have been dengue or heatstroke. But Dr. Rene Cam, NBI medico-legal officer who conducted an autopsy on Mirabiles, said he couldn’t support the hospital findings because no lab tests were conducted.

Cam, however, said he found four injuries caused by being hit with a blunt object on the girl’s body and which could have caused her death. The injuries, Cam said, were too much for a girl in Mirabiles’ age to bear. “At her age, those injuries were very painful, really very painful,” said Cam. “If one can’t bear the pain, he or she will go into shock,” he said.

The injuries were found on her left and right chest, right lower abdomen and right elbow, and could have been caused by being hit with either a fist, wood or any object that could cause hematoma. Cam could not confirm if the girl was given electric shock since he could not find any signs of it.

Noemi Mirabiles, 42, who walks with the help of a cane and also begs for a living, said she hoped justice would be served for her daughter. “I dreamt of her the other day. She was crying. She was asking me to help her. And I promised that I will not stop until justice is served,” she said.

‘Rubout’ victim was set up, witness says

‘Rubout’ victim was set up, witness says 

The Philippine Star - July 20, 2015

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The suspected robber who was killed in a “rubout” was set up and the Manila policemen involved hatched the plan two days prior to the murder, a witness said yesterday.

“Dagul,” 21, surfaced at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) over the weekend and said Senior Inspector Rommel Salazar wanted to arrest Robin Villarosa for robbing people around University of Santo Tomas (UST).

“Once, a student was also stabbed so the policemen wanted to get Robin,” he said.

Salazar allegedly planted the gun, hatched the plan, and even provided the shabu that Villarosa wanted before staging a heist, Dagul said.

He also said barangay councilman Steven de Leon, whom Villarosa allegedly robbed, knew about the plot and was a “planted” victim.

Dagul claimed he did not know the Gulod policemen, which is under the supervision of Sampaloc police station, would kill Villarosa.

“They told me they would just arrest him so I agreed. I was apprehensive at first but they promised to give me P20,000,” he said.

The police officers discussed the plan on July 12. Dagul was playing cards in front of his house when Salazar called him up. The police captain asked if he knew a driver who uses an “orange tricycle” to rob people around UST. Dagul said yes since Villarosa was a friend of his brother’s so Salazar told him to go to his office the next day.

Dagul arrived at the precinct at around 5 p.m. on July 13. He went straight to Salazar’s office, where he allegedly saw Police Officer 3 Ferdinand Valera and Police Officers 1 Ronald Dipacina, Domar Landoy, and Rohel Landrito.

Dipacina and Landoy being his friends, Dagul said he sat with them for an hour as Salazar briefed them on how to set up Villarosa.

The plan went like this: Dagul was to encourage Villarosa to rob people with him near Santol street. Dagul will be the gunman, while Villarosa will be the driver.

Once they arrive at the scene, a fake victim planted by Gulod police in the area will give Dagul a pouch. After that, Dagul will fire his gun, run back to Villarosa and encourage him to drive toward where the policemen were waiting.

From there, Dagul will alight from the tricycle and the policemen will arrest Villarosa.

When the plan didn’t push through on July 13, Salazar allegedly instructed Dagul to do it the next day.

On July 14, Dagul informed Salazar that Villarosa wanted to take shabu “to give him confidence” before staging a robbery. The police chief instructed Dagul to get the “item” in his office.

After getting a sachet of shabu, Dagul met up with Villarosa so the latter could get his fix. Then, Dagul pushed through with the plan. Everything, he said, followed the plan until gunshots rang.

 “I was surprised by the gunshots because they were not part of the plan,” Dagul said, adding he was hiding in Salazar’s car when gunshots were fired.

Salazar returned to his car and was allegedly surprised to see Dagul inside it. Salazar told him to duck because there was a surveillance camera near the area and Dagul obliged. 

A closed-circuit television camera caught Dagul running away and Villarosa stopping the tricycle and kneeling on the pavement in surrender before  one of the policemen shot him twice in the head.