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I'm not a lawyer but don't think it's going to be an issue if you are just visiting. It sounds as if it was treated as a misdemeanor. Later if you decide to stay and apply for a different visa and have to get a police background check it might pop up and even then I don't think it will. With that being said I would not raise any Red Flags by contacting BI and telling them in advance. There are several people in this country legally that have some criminal background in their past. They paid their dues, changed their ways don't have any warrants nothing to worry about. If really concerned talk to an immigration attorney in your home country and just ask if they (the government) can flag your passport.   
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I know its my own fault


Don't get me wrong.  I have no problem with the "herbals" in of themselves. 

But running a  "grow room" on somebody else's nickel was not the best of life moves.

I have done some truly stupid sh_t in my life that I regret immensely.   So I can empathize with you.

For me,  the final solution was own up to it all and change the way I perceived the world.  That process took decades, and is still underway.

Some folks call that the 4th step.

If you wish long term residence here in the RP then  working through this issue, if it is possible to do so, would be the road to walk.

Hope this helps.

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the school is open and demon free.

So the moral is ......  Don't believe in Demons until you see this ...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg6pWv1B9L4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg6pWv1B9L4</a>



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There are some of us that think both sides(the GOP and Dems are full of sh!t and do damage 10 times more than they do good.  Just that in this case it's a major waste of money putting the same warning up over and over and over when there's never been a state issued that the previous warning is no longer true or accurate.

I still say they should go the Sri Lankan way and just take away any rights the islam claim that goes against the governmental rules.  But first bring in the military to stop any uprisings.  Uprisings happen then lower them back down with military muscle.

Until some very strong stance is taken, the islamic extremist terrorists are here to stay and never once will they give a damn about the rule of nation or anyone in the nation not islamic.  That's how religious extremism works.

At the same time, back off the weed users and bring divorce to the Phils.  To many men treat women as property even in the catholic faith.  Allow the women to get away from those pigs.

But, warning citizens against travel to Mindanao is just common sense and has been for a good while now.  A yearly message should be enough.
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Taxes / Re: Excise tax on Automobile
« Last post by David690 on Today at 03:02:36 PM »
I believe FORD owns Mazda the reasons why they are somewhat identical.  I remember that some older models of Ford rangers were made by Mazda

Not any more.  Ford used to own 33.3% of Mazda shares but has sold them.
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Sorry but I did write that you might be okay in my first reply, the problem is that the Philippines is now linked to Interpol's database and I have no idea what information they might find should they enter your bio information. Since Duterte became president, he has made ridding the Philippines of drugs a priority, even to the extent of ordering the killing of all drug dealers and many dealers and even users have been gunned down in the streets, thus I am not sure you will be flying into a friendly climate should your record show up on their database, so under any other president, then I think you might have been better off, this president is an unknown quantity when it comes to anything related to drugs, so your idea of flying in with your wife might be a good one, just be sure to have documents because if they accept it and they should as long as nothing comes up in their computers, then you would be able to stay up to one year with no other visa, it is called a balkibayan privilege. I wish you good luck...
    yeah I know about Philippines stance on drugs as I actually traveled there twice last year whilst on bail.  My wife would like to visit hong Kong so maybe we will do that anyway.   If u apply for balkibayan visa is there no criminal check when doing this?     
You could "come clean" before you attempt a visit.

You've paid your "debt to society" the court ordered ..... right?  Then you should be in good standing with the powers that be.

Visit the Philippine consulate.  Bring your concerns forward to the consular officer.  They may assist you.  They may not.  In the long run that would be better than trying keep your conviction quiet.

Let's just say your successful in using the short time visa rules for a few years.  After your settled and life has started here you get pulled over for any little offense.  That conviction would come out, and the fact that you did not highlight it on entry would be evident. 

And probably incriminating.


Hope this helps.




.   The problem with coming clean is that even in this country it has stopped me getting about 5 jobs.  So I then lied to Get a decent job then they done a dB's check and sacked me 2 weeks later. I know its my own fault but the judge suspended my sentence because he didn't deem me a threat to society and so I could get on with my life.  Like I say I know its my own fault I just need to deal with it the best I can.
You've mentioned that you have been fined, suspended sentence and community service.  Sounds to me that it was a misdemeanor crime since you did not spend time in jail.   I am no law expert.  However, I do not think that Interpol will be wasting time listing people convicted with a misdemeanor crimes.  If they do, then their list is overwhelming. 
Your plan on taking your wife to Hong Kong then return is very sound too.  Upon your return, you can avail for the Balikbayan visa and that is good for 1 yr.  Anyway, good luck to you.
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I was very lucky not to go to jail it was a large number of plants and the title of my charge doesn't help either, " in concern with supply of a class b drug and theft of electricity "   
 
The new application for extension of Tourist Visa does not ask about prior convictions, so if you can get in on the 30 day Visa free, you should be ok.  You stated you had a suspended sentence, so I presume that would be ended by the time you leave the UK.

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/FORMS/TouristVisaSection/TVS-CGAF-VE-2016.pdf


Chuck
.      Thank u for this , this is reassuring.   

Thank u everyone for your help and advice it is much appreciated.         
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Not sure where to post 1st time? Post here. / School closed for what?
« Last post by JoeLP on Today at 02:50:45 PM »
So, our housekeep/nanny has a daughter that attends the local high school.  The public one.

Anyway, I noticed Irish(the high schooler's name) has been around the house for the first few days of this week and not in school.  So I finally ask why.

The school principle and superintendent have closed school due to kids being possessed. 

Yep.  Demon possessed kids put the fear of god into the public school authorities to the point they called a priest from the local cathedral to come investigate.  The priest got scared and went back saying they needed and exorcist.  The school leaders then closed school until the catholic church could get an exorcist to the school to do his thing.

Today, the school is open and demon free.  YEAH!! LOL

Tina gave me a crazy look as I was laughing as this story is being told to me.  When asked why I told her if that worked in the USA we'd give the class clowns and trouble makers some money to walk in the school and hit the grown twitching until we were given a few days off.  I then learned that this wasn't funny to locals.  :)
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Taxes / Re: Excise tax on Automobile
« Last post by balutsky on Today at 12:17:21 PM »
Check out the Mazda BT-50 before you buy the Wild Track I just bought the 4x4 automatic 3.2 engine leather  seats, back up camera all drive line components are identical to Ranger only the body is different it also comes with 3 year 150,000 Km Warranty with Free Oil Changes and service 1,500,000 Ranger is 1,735,000
I believe FORD owns Mazda the reasons why they are somewhat identical.  I remember that some older models of Ford rangers were made by Mazda
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Hello I live in the UK and my wife and children are Philippine nationals and live in gensan. I want to travel there the beginning of next year and stay for 3 months, however I picked up a conviction earlier this year for growing quite a large amount of weed for which I received a fine, suspended sentence and community service.
You've mentioned that you have been fined, suspended sentence and community service.  Sounds to me that it was a misdemeanor crime since you did not spend time in jail.   I am no law expert.  However, I do not think that Interpol will be wasting time listing people convicted with a misdemeanor crimes.  If they do, then their list is overwhelming. 
Your plan on taking your wife to Hong Kong then return is very sound too.  Upon your return, you can avail for the Balikbayan visa and that is good for 1 yr.  Anyway, good luck to you.
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The new application for extension of Tourist Visa does not ask about prior convictions, so if you can get in on the 30 day Visa free, you should be ok.  You stated you had a suspended sentence, so I presume that would be ended by the time you leave the UK.

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/FORMS/TouristVisaSection/TVS-CGAF-VE-2016.pdf


Chuck
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