Keep Your Mouth Shut and Your Ears Open

Excerpted from: http://liveinthephilippines.com/

Political junkies, take note… You have no “Freedom of Speech” in the Philippines.

Take a moment and let that thought sink in, and sink in well.

You are not in your home country. The laws of the United States or elsewhere do not apply here. You “rights” disappeared as soon as you stepped aboard that airplane. Do you have rights? Most certainly. However, they are the rights guaranteed to you under the Philippine Constitution, and they differ from your rights back home.

The Bureau of Immigration has wide-ranging powers that are separate from the Justice Department in the Philippines. In effect, under powers granted to the BI by R.A. 144, immigration officers have the authority to be judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to foreigners and Philippine law. In other words, a foreigner is in a highly vulnerable position here, and shooting your mouth off to the wrong person can get you a jail sentence and a one-way ticket home very quickly, regardless of whatever visa you may hold. (As a side note: The BI has the power to arrest any foreigner, at any time, for any reason, no warrant required.)   Continue…

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Note:  This is good advice to consider for all Expats living or visiting the Philippines. Recently I was at a restaurant, I think it was a Greenwich in Cebu City back in May 2011, there was an American talking to the clerk taking orders and he was yelling profanities at here scolding her for getting his order wrong. My wife commented about it stating I don’t like the way that guy acts and I agreed with her, his behavior was pretty bad. He kept going back to his seat and getting back up and walking over to yell more profanities at her. A guy like that is going to anger the wrong person one day and get booted out of this country. I have known people like this in the past and I refuse to associate with them no matter who they are or think they are.

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