Enthusiasm for their new life in the Philippines, thinking that the situation Philippines is the same as life in the US can prevent foreigners from taking common sense precautions to provide for their own safety in the Philippine context.
I’ve been following news of murders of foreigners in the Philippines for several years.
I have literally walked more than a thousand of miles on the streets of Iloilo City and lonely rural paths in the country. No one has robbed me or threatened me or tried to pick my pocket or done anything but treat me with respect and kindness.
(See this article in the New York Times about the psychology of “lock” and “no lock” advocates.) For small-town Americans, the Philippines can be quite different.
Here a few specific security suggestions: .” We concur with this advice 110%.