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My expat husband is facing a legal problem

Like I said before, in many countries, ALL people have rights, but not here and not in most third world countries. The laws are just not meant to be fair, for anyone, let alone foreigners.
There are times when it it really hard not to speak up, like when a neighbor loves loud karaoke, or brings roosters home, or takes the muffler off of their motorcycle, or blasts large fire crackers all night and into the next day RIGHT next to your house.....   But always remember,  foreigners live at the whim of Filipinos. The phony congeniality the Philippines is known for last only so long. You will see how fast Filipinos will turn on you if you start to complain about anything.

Before I retired here in 2008 I read the forums and heeded one bit of advice which cropped up time and again. Never get into a fight with a Filipino because you will never win. . . .and never get into a legal battle because you won't win that either.

I know of two cases where ex pats did not heed that advice. One American has been in a court battle (on and off) for the past six years and another British ended up in jail and was deported.

Anyone thinking of settling here should understand that everything works differently from how it works at home (US/UK/AUST etc). We are guests here and need to understand their culture is different from ours and whereas we may not like some of it, we have a choice....stay and enjoy the good things here, or go home.

Well said, Jonnyboy, after the first three years went by I figured that out, it is their country and we are guests, it is easy to forget but so true.

yes..so true..we are a guest....so is that why i am working in india ...after my one year contract  we are off to thailand....my cottage in negros will be empty for awhile..

JOE CLOUGH :

yes..so true..we are a guest....so is that why i am working in india ...after my one year contract  we are off to thailand....my cottage in negros will be empty for awhile..

Here are some data that relates to your current and planned future work locations:  http://www.symbianize.com/showthread.php?t=882609

Guys, we are not really guests in the Philippines. We are visitors and if we live here, we are foreigners staying at the whim of the Filipino government because we bring in money. A guest is "a person who is invited to visit the home of or take part in a function organized by another."

I believe most of us realize that we do not have any real rights here.  You can fight for what ever rights you believe you may have, but even if you think you "WIN"  usually, you lose in the end, some how, someway. 

I just came back from a trip home to the SF bay area of California. I saw Filipinos all around me and realized THEY had rights, whether they were immigrants, visitors, or native citizens, etc. That is the difference between the two countries.

Enjoy things here, but keep quiet and stay out of lawyers offices and away from any sort of confrontation with Filipinos.  In my opinion, the phony congeniality the Philippines is known for last only so long. You will see how fast Filipinos will turn on you if you start to have trouble with anything.

Sorry, don't agree. I am a permanent resident here (13a visa), and I KNOW   I have rights.

Me too Munchie - I am a permanent resident with PRA visa.

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