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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:56:02 PM »
SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
 
 U.S. Embassy Manila
 Holiday Security Reminder, December 5, 2012
 
 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
 THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN
 THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR
 ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU.
 
 As we approach the holiday season, which is prime time for pickpockets and
 thieves, there remains a high level of criminal activity in the Manila
 metropolitan area. The Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens in the Philippines
 that while you may become a victim simply because you find yourself in the wrong
 place at the wrong time, foreigners may also be targeted because they are
 perceived to be affluent. The Embassy receives regular reports of U.S. citizens
 who have been the victims of both violent crime and crimes against property,
 such as theft, burglary and robbery.
 
 The Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and maintain an
 appropriate level of personal security. We offer the following suggestions to
 help reduce your odds of becoming a victim of crime:
 
 CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
 . Maintain a low profile and don't bring undue attention to yourself. . Don't
 display lavish amounts of jewelry.
 . Always carry some type of identification.
 . Don't carry around large amounts of money. Take with you only what you will
 require for the moment and keep it in the front pocket of your pants or skirt.
 A good rule of thumb: Don't take more with you than you can afford to
 lose.
 . If you carry a purse, consider carrying it across your body, with bag in front
 of you. Purses with long straps may be grabbed off your shoulder (and sometimes
 the bearer is hurt).
 . Pay attention to your surroundings, realizing that crime can occur
 anywhere, anytime. Be cautious about traveling after dark, especially alone or
 in unfamiliar areas. There is always safety in numbers. Know where you are
 going.
 . If you notice suspicious individuals approaching you, make an attempt to avoid
 them. In the event they continue to follow or harass you, walk to the nearest
 establishment and seek assistance from the security guard or door escort.
 Pickpocket gangs often appear to be homeless and begin by demanding money. They
 will sometimes aggressively follow the victims until they eventually swarm
 around them and begin to surreptitiously grab personal items from the victims,
 such as wallets and cell phones.
 . Be aware that public transit like Jeepneys, Light Rail Transport (LRT) and the
 Metro Rail Transit (MRT) systems are prime venues for pickpockets.
 . Do not consume excessive alcoholic beverages, which could make you an easy
 target.
 
 VEHICLE SECURITY - CAR THEFTS
 . Drive defensively at all times.
 . ALWAYS drive with the windows rolled up and the doors locked.
 . Use a supplemental anti-theft device that locks either the steering wheel or
 the gearshift. These are not fail-safe, but they require valuable time and
 effort on the part of the perpetrator.
 . DO NOT park in deserted or isolated areas. At night, park in well-lighted
 areas. Take advantage of guarded paid parking.
 . Do not leave personal items openly displayed in the car-you are inviting a
 smash-and-run thief to remove them.
 . Always maintain copies of your driver's license and vehicle registration in
 your vehicle. Avoid surrendering the original document to police.
 . If you are involved in an accident, attempt to summon police or medical
 assistance, if necessary. Try to remain calm.
 
 RESIDENTIAL SECURITY:
 . Control the keys to your residence. A thief with a key has a much easier time.
 . Anytime you leave your residence, make sure that all doors and windows are
 secured.
 . During the day, keep the doors locked, even though you and your domestic help
 may be inside the house.
 . Know visitors or other individuals, such as repair men, who may ask to enter
 your home.
 . Secure valuables and important personal documents. Do not leave them lying
 around.
 . During extended periods of absence, consider asking a neighbor or friend to
 keep an eye on your residence.
 . If you are home during a burglary, DO NOT / DO NOT confront the
 perpetrators. They may very well be armed. Instead, either flee or lock yourself
 in a secure room and call the police.
 . If your residence has an alarm, make sure you use it.
 . If you live on a residential compound or in an apartment building, know your
 area and be aware of the security and safety rules, especially rules for visitor
 and vehicle access.
 
 SUSPICIOUS ITEMS:
 . If you see a suspicious object or package, do not disturb it. Immediately
 notify an appropriate official, such as a police officer or building security
 staff, and leave the area.
 . If you are in the vicinity when a security threat occurs, leave the area
 immediately. Do not approach the scene of a bombing or remain in the area.
 
 PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS
 . Demonstrations in the Philippines are generally peaceful However, there is
 always the risk that public demonstrations could get out of control, which could
 pose a risk to those in the vicinity. Accordingly, we recommend that U.S.
 citizens always avoid demonstrations or protests. If you find yourself in such a
 situation, immediately leave the area. The Embassy recommends carrying a means
 of communications at all times. If you feel that you are in danger, seek
 assistance from security personnel or the local authorities. Holidays are a
 joyful time, and basic security awareness and precautions can decrease the
 likelihood of an unfortunate occurrence spoiling your holidays. The Department
 of State offers tips for travelers abroad on our main website. A U.S. citizen in
 trouble can always call the Embassy at (02) 301-2000 and ask to speak to the
 American Citizen Services unit during business hours or with the Embassy Duty
 Officer after duty hours.
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 The Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines. The
 Embassy's main telephone number is (632) 301-2000. American citizens needing to
 speak to the Embassy can dial this number and ask to be connected to the
 American Citizens Services (ACS) unit or with the Embassy Duty Officer (for
 calls outside of normal business hours). You can also contact the ACS unit
 through email at ACSInfoManila@state.gov or through the Embassy Facebook page.
 Please visit our website for information on all services offered by the ACS
 unit.
 
 Please consult the Country Specific Information on the Philippines available
 on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, for general information about the
 Philippines. All U.S. citizens in the Philippines are urged to enroll in
 the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Registering gives U.S.
 citizens access to updated information on travel and security within the
 Philippines and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case
 of emergency.
 
 Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling
 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada , or a regular toll
 line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are
 available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
 (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay up to date by bookmarking
 our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains all current Travel
 Warnings and Travel Alerts, as well as the current Worldwide Caution. You
 can also stay up to date by "following" the Bureau of Consular Affairs on
 Twitter and "liking" the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Facebook.
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Re: SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2012, 12:07:35 AM »
Jack,
Stay out of them girly bars after dark! Wait til we all get there! Rufus will buy the first round of Red Horse! Don't know if they serve Corona beer with a slice of lime for Tom and I. :o
"Life is what we all make it to be"!
"It's always a matter of money"!
"Do on to others as they would do on to You, but do it first"!
"Different strokes for different folks"!
"Que Sera Sera"!

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012, 02:38:40 AM »
Jack,
Stay out of them girly bars after dark! Wait til we all get there! Rufus will buy the first round of Red Horse! Don't know if they serve Corona beer with a slice of lime for Tom and I. :o

My brother in law's Sari Sari has plenty of cold San Mig and Red Horse, but no Corona.  Sorry!   :o   But we can offer you fresh calamansi in place of lime!  ;D

 
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Re: SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2012, 06:46:57 AM »
Jack,
Stay out of them girly bars after dark! Wait til we all get there! Rufus will buy the first round of Red Horse! Don't know if they serve Corona beer with a slice of lime for Tom and I. :o
While I am all for buying a round-o-RedHorse, You guys will probably die of thirst waiting for me.
It's gonna be a while before I get back over there  :'( :'( :'(, and almost 20 years before I retire. :-[ :-[ :-[
SO SAYETH THE RUFUS

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Re: SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 03:28:02 PM »
Jack,
Stay out of them girly bars after dark! Wait til we all get there! Rufus will buy the first round of Red Horse! Don't know if they serve Corona beer with a slice of lime for Tom and I. :o
My brother in law's Sari Sari has plenty of cold San Mig and Red Horse, but no Corona.  Sorry!   :o   But we can offer you fresh calamansi in place of lime!  ;D
Sorry for straying off the main topic, but I don't think calaminsi will do it, because lime is the only citrus that goes with Corona, like lemon goes with tequila! Calaminsi goes with Pinoy iced tea, on pancit and other Filipino foods!  :o
Sorry to hear Rufus can't join us until his next vacation or 20 yrs from now!   
« Last Edit: December 08, 2012, 03:30:55 PM by Art2ro »
"Life is what we all make it to be"!
"It's always a matter of money"!
"Do on to others as they would do on to You, but do it first"!
"Different strokes for different folks"!
"Que Sera Sera"!

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Re: SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 10:29:07 PM »
Sorry for straying off the main topic, but I don't think calaminsi will do it, because lime is the only citrus that goes with Corona, like lemon goes with tequila! Calaminsi goes with Pinoy iced tea, on pancit and other Filipino foods!  :o
Sorry to hear Rufus can't join us until his next vacation or 20 yrs from now!

There are those who think and those who do.  I'm a "doer" and have squeezed calamansi into many a tall cold glass of rhum and Coke.  It works great! 
Don't see why a man can't squeeze what he wants into his beer.   ;)     :)
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Re: SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2012, 02:11:09 PM »
Jack,
Stay out of them girly bars after dark! Wait til we all get there! Rufus will buy the first round of Red Horse! Don't know if they serve Corona beer with a slice of lime for Tom and I. :o
While I am all for buying a round-o-RedHorse, You guys will probably die of thirst waiting for me.
It's gonna be a while before I get back over there  :'( :'( :'(, and almost 20 years before I retire. :-[ :-[ :-[

Rufus,

You have no idea to the lengths some of us freeloaders will go to for a free round of beer.  Just give us the street address, city, country and date and time... leave it up to us how to get there... we'll be dang thirsty after all the traveling. ;D

Tom

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Mactan, Cebu, PH

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2012, 02:26:35 AM »
While I won't post my address on an open forum..
If yous guys are planning a trip to SW Oregon, I'll PM you with the details... sure I'll buy a few rounds.
SO SAYETH THE RUFUS

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2012, 10:42:46 AM »
I liked Calamansi tart to the tastebuds sorry no alcohol in it i dont drink my eyes would light up like a christmas tree  :o....Dave

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2012, 11:12:11 AM »
While I won't post my address on an open forum..
If yous guys are planning a trip to SW Oregon, I'll PM you with the details... sure I'll buy a few rounds.


 :o YIKES...  N-o  W-a-y I meant your home address... I meant the address of a watering hole with ice cold beer in your locale. :)

If I posted my home address.... then my family would know where to show up for a free meal... or a few of my exes would band together and storm the place with torches and pitchforks (no matter how much they get - they always want a little blood for good measure).

If you ever venture down to the Dallas area - here is a pic of the bar at one of my favorite "drink and bs" places (Cafe Gecko in Addison).  First round or three on me.

http://www.cafegecko.net/media/rokgallery/a/a66e77c6-fdce-42d1-d186-095e56580cb9/04869188-4cf6-4fd0-e1f9-b95bfc021c44.jpg

Tom
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Mactan, Cebu, PH

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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2012, 01:08:26 AM »
Now THAT'S a proper looking bar!  If I ever get close to DFW, I'll drop you a line and we'll wash the dust down our craw with a few cold ones.  You can count on me for a couple of rounds!   ;) :)
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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2012, 01:22:05 AM »
If you ever venture down to the Dallas area - here is a pic of the bar at one of my favorite "drink and bs" places (Cafe Gecko in Addison).  First round or three on me.
http://www.cafegecko.net/media/rokgallery/a/a66e77c6-fdce-42d1-d186-095e56580cb9/04869188-4cf6-4fd0-e1f9-b95bfc021c44.jpg
Tom


Tom,
I like your bar with the pool table at your big house on the 2nd floor! ;)
Art
"Life is what we all make it to be"!
"It's always a matter of money"!
"Do on to others as they would do on to You, but do it first"!
"Different strokes for different folks"!
"Que Sera Sera"!