The Philippines is sometimes portrayed as a very violent country with an exceptionally high crime rate. These reports are usually exaggerated, and the violent crime – which no doubt exists and exceeds the rates in most western countries – is normally directed towards the Filipinos themselves. The amount of homicides skyrockets especially during elections, as politics in the Philippines have qualities like in the “Wild West”. However, tourists are targets as well, and precaution and common sense come in handy, especially when visiting Manila or other urban areas. Here are some pointers that should increase your personal safety and will help you to have a safer stay in the Philippines:
A final word: If you remember the pointers above and use common sense, the Philippines is a considerably safe country to travel to. Of course, there is always the risk of getting into trouble – just like anywhere else.
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