Kidnapping of foreigners for ransom in the Philippines is quite disturbing. It is well known that the well-to-do Chinese, the Korean businessmen, the Americans are the prime targets for the dirty and skunky local kidnappers. I found it totally nerve-racking to know that those locals who engage in that filthy and criminal behavior do it for a few reasons: 1) out of poverty, 2) they watch on TV what other Filipinos with their American families have in terms of material possessions, and they want the same for themselves, 3) out of mere jealousy, 4) it is their belief-system that no foreigners have a right to enjoy life to the fullest in "their country", 5) they succeed in their kidnapping for ransom because they are in a large extent protected by the local authorities through bribes and the like. Obviously, I may ommit some other reasons why the vicious locals engage in such acts of depravity to satisfy their lust and love of money.
I wonder why the national local governments have miserably failed to address this burning issue. All I have heard them talk about is tourism and how to increase their tourism revenue by providing some safety to the tourists. Well, as far as I am concerned, I am a retiree and not a tourist in the Philippines. I think that the retirees in the Philippines are as important as the tourists. I do believe that the retirees spend their hard-earned money here and consequently they help grow the Philippines economy. I further wonder why the Tourism Department or The Foreigh Affairs Department or the national and local authorities have not proposed some viable solutions to solve the blatant kidnapping for ransom of foreigners in the Philippines. Does it matter to them at all? Or, is it because the revenue they get from the retirees is just "peanuts", or is it because the retirees simply do not count?
What do you think about it all?
Edited by cobie, 13 September 2010 - 10:34 AM.