In the Philippines, travelers must be very vigilant about their personal safety. The crime rate is high. It is not recommended to travel to certain areas of the country.
The Philippines faces a variety of security issues and is much more dangerous than Canada. The state fights against drug-related crime as part of a national offensive and severely harms the people who are involved in the production, trade or consumption of narcotics. This involves numerous arrests and deaths, especially in poor neighborhoods.
The New People Army Communist is active mainly in the north of Luzon and east of Mindanao, but also occasionally in other parts of the country since 2014. Given its strategy, the NPA represents only a limited threat to tourists.
Radical groups are active in the south, particularly in the Sulu Sea and Mindanao. They have repeatedly abducted foreigners (including Canadian nationals) and committed other acts of terrorism. See the info on Specific Regional Risks.
Across the country, attacks by criminal or terrorist groups can be expected. In recent years, there have also been attacks in Manila, sporadically. For example, in April and June 2017, criminal bombings resulted in several deaths and injuries in the Quiapo neighborhood in Manila.
After nine months of waiting for parts to arrive (several items vanishing within the mail system), dealing with an array of technical glitches, and lastly waiting for replacement motors this project has finally been completed–and it flies perfectly.
The bad news however is that new drone legislation from Transport Canada has essentially grounded it–at least temporarily until I sort out some details with them.
In all likelihood I will be able to use the drone in a limited capacity outside of city limits for aerial photography (good for unpaid freelance journalism) however I am not legally able to obtain air or water samples. To do so I would require $100k of insurance and have to fulfill requirements that are essentially impossible.
Please note that this is only a temporary setback.
I believe that for society to function it requires a strong system of democratic governance. It requires law enforcement agencies and a fair judicial system where everyone is treated as an equal and where the “spirit of our laws” are upheld. It also requires a form of media that aims to educate the public.
What exists in Canada today is a form of pseudo-democracy. Canadians can vote but for the overwhelming majority we have lost confidence in our elected leaders, the political system as a whole and question whether our vote has any substantial value. A two-tiered judicial system exists where laws are used as a weapon to terrorize specific individuals and undermine groups that appear to be in conflict with the government of the day and the private interests that support them. The mainstream media in Canada can be a very good source of important information however it is fragmented by the sheer volume of manipulative industry funded propaganda that surrounds it. For the average Canadian it can be quite difficult to ascertain what is fact and what is fiction.
I want to restore a modicum of faith in government and the political process. I want people to have faith in the judicial process and to trust law enforcement, to know that they are decent men and women that wish to protect our communities not act as bullies and serve as private security for a small influential segment of our society. I want to educate people so that when faced with propaganda in our media they will be able to identify it and not allow it to influence public discourse.
This is an almost insurmountable task and I certainly can not do it alone. I will require the help of many to expose bureaucrats with ties to the very industries they should be regulating instead of promoting, to expose judges and officers who apply our laws in an unfair and abusive fashion and finally to strip away the influence of faux journalists and commentators who present corporate political propaganda under the guise of news and opinion. The time to fight back is now since we can do so without resorting to violence.
In 2014 Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, an initiative meant to address (stop) Hamas rocket fire–or at least that was the publicly stated objective/justification for the assault. The assault on Gaza went far beyond attacking Hamas and obliterated entire neighbourhoods, destroyed roughly 20,000 homes, displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and killed more than 2,100–the vast majority being civilians. Schools, shelters and hospitals were not spared. [read more]
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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS
Committee study of the Central Intelligence Agency Detention and Interrogation Program | 2014 | 500 page PDF
Council of Canadian Academies report on fracking in Canada | 2014 | 292 page PDF
IPCC report on climate change | 2014 | PDF
RCMP report Criminal Threats to the Canadian Petroleum Industry | January 24 2014 | PDF
RCMP report Environmental Criminal Extremism and Canada’s Energy Sector | March 18 2011 | PDF
American law enforcement agencies sought to identify and assassinate Occupy Wall Street leaders | PDF
Canadian government conducting mass surveillance of Canadians with help of telecom companies | PDF
Canadian police raped and beat aboriginal women. Report by Human Rights Watch | February 2013 | PDF
CSIS, police, RCMP, NEB, Enbridge and TransCanada team up to spy on Canadian pipeline opponents | Emails via PDF
DoD CANOP 8888 “Counter-Zombie Dominance” plan. HINT: replace zombies w/dissidents (during time of civil unrest) | PDF
Lewis Powell’s 1971 blueprint on how the rich can control everything from education, the media and politics | PDF
Report on pipeline safety for Enbridge’s Line 9B | August 5 2013 | PDF
Scientific study finds that America is not a democracy, but an oligarchy | April 9 2014 | PDF
Paul Ehrlich on population, resource extraction, climate disruption, sea level rise and the toxification of our environment: podcast.
Does apartheid exist is Israel? Despite what media and politicians tell you, it does. Max Blumenthal explains in this podcast.
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