With all the bad news (killings, terrorism, etc) I have been hearing and watching what seems to be common nowadays, but is really safe now to visit the Philippines? Or the news is simply focusing on those troubled areas to make news more exciting, sensational and it's really not as bad as shown on the news? I have lived in Manila until my junior year in high school (about 16 years) and later was stationed in Manila with the US Army so such events were quite common even then. I want to return to retire....visit at first to check out living conditions there...then, hopefully retire. I am hoping to retire in Negros, Panay, or Palawan. Definitely not Manila. Thanks for the update.