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I know that some people will consider this topic to be controversial. But, if you comment and have not watched the video you might not sound very smart! Watch the video and see what I actually have to say, then feel free to leave your comments, whatever it is that you wish.

I call ’em as I see ’em. If my opinion is different than yours, I have no problem with that. Maybe you do, but we are all free to decide what we think is right.

49 Ways to Make a Living in the Philippines

After my monologue about safety, we go to a viewer question. This week, I heard from Bobby. Bobby is asking about travel to the Philippines and whether he is required by law to have an ongoing ticket, or whether he can make this particular trip with only a one-way ticket. I am able to help Bobby out with an accurate answer to this question. Hopefully, other viewers will benefit as well.

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Bob New York

I am under the impression that many who comment that Mindanao is totally unsafe are people that have never been there. In my 12 visits to Iligan City, Mindanao over the past 10 consecutive years I have never had any problems. A little apprehensive before my first visit but that quickly faded away. I had such a great time I have kept going back year after year since then. I have commented many times that if you think Mindanao is not safe, just follow a New York City news website for a few weeks. People get killed in New York… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Hi Bob – Nice to hear from you. I can’t argue with a thing you say. Your commentary is both experience based and sensible.

Most of the people who chime on about danger in Mindanao have never been here! Yet, many of them tell me that I am wrong about safety issues.. let’s see, they have never been here, I have lived here for nearly 18 years (and visited countless times before that) – yet I am wrong! LOL It is almost comedic!

Enjoy your next trip to Iligan, Bob!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Bob (Both)
I get a monthly notice from the Embassy in Manila that I soon will be killed, I have noticed during this new administration the doom and gloom has lessened but it is still there. OH…Well!

Marcelino Zabal
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I listened to your whole cast. Nice, clear and concise. Is the weekly occurrences?

Bob Martin
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Thank you Mars. I usually do two shows per week… Wednesdays and Fridays (Philippine Time). Tune in again! 🙂

Marcelino Zabal
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Bob Martin
Yes, I will. Thanks. I will share it.

Bob Martin
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Thanks Mars.

Norm
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Norm

Hi Bob, regarding the onward ticket situation. I came to the Philippines in Nov 2012, I was not aware of the onward ticket requirement. I flew Phiippines air and they did not say anything when I booked a one way ticket. I was processed thru immigration in Manila no problem and was not asked for an ongoing ticket. I first became aware of the ongoing ticket requirement when chatting to a fellow hotel guest in Cebu. I did intend to stay here indefinetly at that time but 6 months later I returned home to Australia. 18 moths later I returned… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Hi, Norm. Yep! It is a hit and miss thing. Sometimes they ask, sometimes they don’t. You just never know what will happen. But, it is good to be covered, and you can almost always find an ongoing “throw away” ticket for $25 or less, so it is not expensive. I hope you are enjoying your life here!

Steve
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Steve

Hi Bob. I was also thinking about writing a safety article comparing the 2 countries. I guess it’s currently an obvious topic given the Las Vegas shootings. You pretty much covered everything I was thinking so I’ll write about something else. Steve

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Ha ha. Sorry to step on your toes, Steve.

Alex Kennedy
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Alex Kennedy

Big difference between “thinking” you are safe or “feeling” safe. You are lucky you didn’t get extorted when you called the police. The Philippines is a VERY dangerous place.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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I think that 18 years of living here hais give me a good understanding of how things work and how to deal with things. LOL

Alex Kennedy
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Alex Kennedy

18 years won’t help you if a dozen corrupt cops surround you and threaten your life while they are extorting you. Since you know how to deal with things, how would you deal with this?

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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You can think what you want, it is of little concern to me. I have many close connections in the local government, and am known in the society where I live. The chances of what you describe are pretty much zero.

Alex Kennedy
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Alex Kennedy

Good luck with your Government connections. I know somebody who reported a young girl being kidnapped. You can imagine his surprise when the Mayor went in the back room of the police station and got a baseball bat and told the foreigner “I can kill you right now” in front of about a dozen cops. While the foreigner was being threatened by the Mayor the kidnappers came into the police station and told the Mayor “We have a deal”…..Again, good luck with your Government connections and zero chance of having a problem with Government officials. So good luck if you… Read more »

Lorne Rowe
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Interesting Bob , I think the media drives a lot of fear in their reports , but people still need to be cautious and do what they feel is necessary to keep safe , your right there’s dangers everywhere , but I feel very safe here in Cebu , I think the security takes the necessary steps to keep people safe , you would think the supposed greatest country in the world would the same after this latest mass shooting , they would take better precautions when a guy is allowed to bring a cache of weapons into a major… Read more »

Bob Martin
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It goes both ways. Media reporting about the Philippines is very used.

Donald John Lecraw
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Cebu City is at the top of the Index Crimes per capita out of 15 chartered cities.

Jeffrey Lynch
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The picture is probably a false flag attack. Leftists are desperate to get the guns to complete their destruction of the USA to foster their totalitarian style government. It is easier for them to take over countries where they just bribe people with food for votes.

Tim_the_Bald
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Tim_the_Bald

Didn’t have time to watch the whole video, I am not a video person, but I have ridden my Mountain Bike all over north Negros with no issues, all the way up to Patag and Gawahon. Everyone is friendly. One family in Gawahon even invited me to partake of their picnic lunch. My sister in law had assured me Gawahon was infested with NPA.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Hi Tim,

Your experience mirrors mine. Friendly folks. Safety not a big concern. Thanks for sharing!

Doug Morris
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Doug Morris

Tim, Do you have a FB page or YT channel with postings about your bike trips? I do a lot of biking around Mindanao, and would be very interested to compare with your experiencdes in northern Luzon.

Doug Morris
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Doug Morris

Bob, sorry, I was talking to Tim, and inadvertently replied to your reply -lol.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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No problem

Doug Morris
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Doug Morris

Tim, Do you have a FB page or YT channel with postings about your bike trips? I do a lot of biking around Mindanao, and would be very interested to compare with your experiences in northern Luzon.

Doug Morris
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Doug Morris

Correction, northern Negros.

John Brian Leick
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John Brian Leick

I have been traveling Asia, including the PI for sixteen years, and living in Cebu City for four. If you live in the right places, and you are aware or your surroundings, it is generally safe. But let’s not kid anyone, it is not nearly as safe as the USA. Look at the data on homicide; it is all available online. In the provincial areas I always feel safe, but in the big city, less so. The biggest problem in Cebu City is petty theft; it is quite common and has happened to us on multiple occasions-so watch your stuff.… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Hi John – I wish you good luck with your move. Vegas has taken its hit, so perhaps will be more diligent and safe for some time.

We have little crime in Davao City, petty or otherwise. I have no issues here.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Sir Robert! I started living here in 1993 and like you I have never been bothered by anybody from the Philippines. But being that I have lived in other locations outside of the US and being at sea most of my life. The rules are simple, respect the country you are in and keep your mouth shut about the way it is governed. Some guy from outside the US walk into your local bar in Bugtussle Arkansas and stats bad mouthing your home, a can of whoop-ass has just been opened, so why wouldn’t that happen in someone else’s country?… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Paul, you REALLY hit the nail on the head! Your words summed it up! Respect! So many expats I see go out in public and badmouth the Philippines, or do it in public forums online. Of course they are showing disrespect, so what should they expect in return. Alex keeps chiming about “corrupt cops”. So far, I have always been treated with respect by every Philippine Police Officer that I have come in contact with. In fact, many of them go out of their way to make sure I am well treated and taken care of. It all comes down… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Bob: I’m zooming along in Olongapo city and got waved over.by the law He realizes I’m a Kano, and asked if I knew why I was stopped, Yes Officer because I was speeding.. Sir I must give you a ticket, of course you must, but instead of taking my license could I go now and pay the fine and bring you back the receipt? Yes sir, and of course I did. He was polite, I was polite and RESPECT came into play, besides he did me a great favor!. If you have ever tried to find a drivers license once… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Yep! Two way street.

I did get a ticket one time, and it was totally unjustified. I did not argue though, it cost me only P200, so no big deal. I paid it… no argument, no hassle. No asking for extra money or anything. I went to the TMG office and paid, got my official receipt and was on my way.

William Bevis
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Like your video Bob and agree with what you say. Also agree with what Paul said. If you show people respect…you recieve respect. Same as if I walk into a strange bar here in NY and start showing my rear…I may very well get the same kicked. Also I think they’re alot of bad Americans who go to other countries and continuely complain…” In America we do things this way or that way.” That will get tiresome very quickly to even the kindest people. When in Rome…do as the Romans do.

Bob Martin
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So true, William. There are a lot, I mean a LOT of expats who come here and do nothing but complain. It gets tiresome to the local people and even to me! When in Rome… as you say!

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