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I kept getting emails from my foreign readers about safety tips when traveling around the Philippines. Their questions revolve around our new President Duterte who is known for his war against drugs. They are afraid they would get in a crossfire while visiting our tourist spots in the Metro. Since this is a touchy subject, I don't really want to voice out my personal opinion about this whole thing. The local news has been too toxic and I don't even feel like discussing politics.
Is it Safer Now for Tourists?
It all depends on what you do here or where you go. If I were you, I'd stay in hotels around Makati City or Taguig while staying in Metro Manila. These areas are considered safer than other cities in the Metro. Here are some tips:
- Do not ever associate yourself or even be seen in public with shady characters (known drug users or someone who looks like a druggie).
- Do not go to the red light district if you can help it. Too many shady characters there who will try to scam tourists.
- Stick to places like malls, museums, etc. Avoid the slum areas.
- Do not walk out in the street alone at night, or if you have to, don't let your guard down.
- Do not get in a fight with a local (they might hold a grudge and try to frame you up as a druggie)
We have lots of nice tourist spots to choose from outside the Metro. Touristy areas are generally safer since they have added security.
Check out Boracay beaches, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, and etc.
Philippines is such a beautiful place. We have lots to offer to tourists when it comes to beaches and fun activities. Have fun and stay safe!