Philby

Recently 2 of my friends and myself were attacked with beer bottles by a group of drunk men while leaving a local resort on Biliran Island, near Leyte, Visayas. Our wives and children were there as well.

3 men attacked my friend smashing bottles on his head, i pulled one man off him and then was attacked by that man. I defended myself and one of the men recieved a small cut on his head when he grabbed me from behind (I flipped him over my shoulder).

My children and family were there along with 2 other foreigners and one of thier wives.

We all ride bikes and were later told they had targeted me because ‘i rode a big bike’ and our attackers were drunk and jealous. My bike is an old 1978 650 yamaha.

we caught them stealing beer from our friends car. We were not drunk but they were. There were 5 men and 3 women in thier group.

we went to the police after the incident but they were already there claiming I had started the fight. This is untrue and supported by the guards at the resort.

yesterday I recieved a summonds to go to court.

This is clearly an attempt at extorting money out of me. They wanted 20,000p at first, now it’s alot more. Im fighting the case and plan to move as soon as i can…as far away from this corrupt island.

Dont believe what you read about Biliran being an ‘undiscovered paradise’. It has been discovered alright, by the fraudsters and those wanting ‘easy money’ by corrupt means.

So fellow riders beware, its dangerous riding in Biliran Island. Especially if you are a foreigner. You too may be targeted for extortion.

Biliran used to be a peaceful place but now there are alot of us expats living here and we are targeted.
My attorney and fellow riders say’ dont give them 1p,,, so I’m standing up for my rights as a human being and a motorcycle rider…

more power to the riders!!!

source:
http://www.motorcyclephilippines.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157541

http://www.biliranisland.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2432

55 COMMENTS

  1. This is a serious accusation by a foreigner and a visitor of our baeutiful island of Biliran. This incident happened within the territory of the Municipality of Naval.

    I am requesting Mayor Susan Parilla to seriously look into this incident because this will have a domino effect on your Tourism Program in Naval.

    It needs a prompt and impartial investigation to this incident. Mayor Susan the ball is now in your hands.

  2. Philby,

    Please tell us which particular local resort where you and your friends were attacked, so we become aware… Thanks for posting this, i hope this will be resolved soon…

  3. Peter du,
    Correction please Mr.Peter Du,
    The incident happened in Biliran Islands near the boundary of Leyte,Leyte so it is near in the Town of Biliran,Biliran.
    Do not point this out to look after for the Mayor in the Town of Naval,because that is the jurisdiction for the Mayor in Biliran,Biliran.
    You are not one of the President of the Philippines to say “I am requesting Susan Parilla to seriously look into this incident.
    You need to say I am requesting the policemen in Biliran,Biliran to invistigate this matter right?

    correction in your wrong words.

  4. The travel warning posted by one Philby in his blog is an irresponsible and unfair comment against the people of Biliran which deserves no scant of consideration.

    Such narration of facts are half truths and baseless generalization tending to cast dishonor to the good image of the province. For one, while he is entitled to his own version of what actually happened on that fateful day, the fact that such isolated incident is now the subject of judicial inquiry, let the wheel of justice take its own course. Anyway, both parties will be given ample chance to present their respective evidences to support their claim or defenses.

    Therefore, the travel advisory issued by the writer is derogatory to the entire people of Biliran for which he should be held liable.

    • What about the foreigner murdered In drive by shooting in Naval today??! Is violence towards foreigners getting out of hand??

  5. As a for foreigners, I think this is an isolated incident. I (foreigner) have lived in Biliran Province over 13 years with no incidents as of yet. I would fight those charges until the end then I would file charges agianst them. If your leaving Biliran Province to get away from corruption….You better leave the Philippines then!!!!

  6. Jamachita please refer to Jalmz, according to jalmz it happened in Chamorita, Brgy. Catmon, Naval. I hope you are now enlightened. This incident might torpedoed the Tourism Program of our religious and hardworking Mayor of Naval that is why i requested an impartial investigation so that it will lead to crafting of a good local law to mitigate this kind of incident in the future. My request is not a ‘command’ because i am not a person of authority or as Jamachita likened me to the president of the phils. And even, the Sangguniang Bayan of Naval can investigate this incident in aid of legislation without prejudice to the case filed in court. I hope Jamachita get my point. KUN HEI FAT CHOI everyone and to biliranisland.com staffs.

  7. WOW PHILIPPINES !!!! ME AND MY FRIENDS WE ARE GOING TO BILIRAN FOR A MTB TOUR WE ARE NOW IN BORACAY. BUT WHAT WE HEAR NOW IS REALLY SCARING SO THAT WE ARE NOW CHANGING OUR DESTINATION. DRUNK PEOPLE ATTACKING RIDERS THIS IS REALLY SCARING…NO THANKS ..WE`LL GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND WE`LL SPREAD THE NEWS HERE IN BORACAY NOT TO GO THERE.

  8. Kung legal age na ang mga nag away, maayo seguro ug ibutang ang ilang mga ngalan dinhi. Pareha sa usa ka pulis report sa pahayagan. Basin maklaro ta kung kinsa ang mga naapil ani.

    Sa pagka karon, ang tibuok probinsiya sa Biliran ug lungsod sa Naval ang nauwawan tungod lamang sa buhat sa pila ka binugok nga mga tawo. Maayong klarohon dayon ning hitaboa.

  9. This is not new to me. My cousins used to warn us not to go to that place esp during the night. I think first of all, the most responsible people should be the owner of that resort. There were guard who saw the incident as he said, so, why was it a big deal to them? If they did nothing, why do such things as create and generalize every beach resort in the province. In fairness, Madam Susan Parilla will really look into it, so don’t worry. The people in NavaL, Almeria are good citizens. Choose any beach resorts’ in these places, you will be safe. Just don’t show off too much, it’s really annoying, bisan dili pa sa hubog.

  10. sorry if i have tarnished Bilirans reputation!
    All I’m saying is true. This is what happened. Our attackers (sorry-complainents to be politically correct) are welcome to put forward thier comments as well.

    Biliran is a beautiful place and filled with kind peaceful people. Its just a few bad eggs that spoil it for others.

    Many foreigners have been living peacefully here for alot of years without incident. However over the past 4 years that I have been here I have seen violent attacks increase. 4 years ago this was a peaceful place, dont get me wrong its still peaceful but just not as safe. (for me and my family anyway).

    I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The wheels of justice are turning and I will fight the case accordingly.
    If I was guilty of these crimes dont you think I would have just paid the meagre ammount they demanded instead of persuing this in court that will eventually cost me so much more?????

    The reason why I’m persuing this is beacause its the truth and it’s my name on the line here.
    Not only that, but if I paid them the money isnt that a green light for others to extort money from victems in the same mannor?

    I said when they made these allogations that aI would fight them. Thats what I’m doing now. I belive in freedom of speech and asking for advice. here? In a way I wish I had just paid up and ‘copped it sweet’ as fightinhg for a just cause is a rocky road full of deep potholes…

  11. sorry ‘curious’: I didnt mention where the attack took place.
    I did this for a reason as Its a respectable establishment that is not accustomed to trouble.

    ‘Chamorita beach resort’ is a beautiful place, in an ideallic setting. thats why I took my family there to watch the sun go down that afternoon…

    Dont blame the guards or management as they are not to blame. It was an isolated incident at the resort and i doubt if it will ever happen again.

    In regards to the travel warning being ‘half truths and baseless generalizations’ that is not the case!
    I’m not making this up-We WE’RE attacked first!
    If you were to travel somewhere wouldnt you want to know about whats going on in that area? especially if you travel with your children???
    admit it- the crime rate IS climbing in Biliran! It’s blogs and comments online that bring this to peoples attention!

    I’m being charged with ATTEMPTED MURDER!!! yet we were attacked first!
    This is the reality of the situation. It’s not a fictitious post its actually happening!
    Youre worried about it tarnishing Bilirans tourist industry, what about my wife and children if Im jailed? what happens to them?
    What about other tourists this could happen to in the future?
    this isnt only happening here in Biliran, it’s the whole of the philippines!
    Isn’t it better to expose whats happening in the justice system so that others can be warned?
    Biliran isnt that reliant on tourism, so tourism isnt the issue here it’s justice…

  12. to add to this:
    I’m not asking for anyones help like Mrs. Parillia or others in power. I dont think this would be fair, as people in power shouldnt be asked to intervene everytime some foreigner gets in a situation like this. And what about the poor people with no help from anyone, not even a lawyer. what leg do they have to stand on?
    luckily I do have money for an attorney so he can deal with it.

    drunk people fighting and stealing,This just shouldnt have happened in the first place.

  13. my apologize to you Peter Du the philby who posted His claims
    was said that it was in Biliran Islands near Visayas Leyte
    so it was not in the Town of Naval.ok my apologize everyone.
    Everywhere in the World is not totally safe even if you go to America,England,Europe,Australia,People if it is drunk you go one step backward..don’t go for it..
    There are foreigners living in Biliran mostly married our lovely Filipina I only heard this kind of claims that says:
    the attackers were jealous of their” big bike”corrupt Islands..
    ect..ect..if you are a disrespected foreigner maybe that will happen to you.

  14. I was planning on going to Biliran to ride around the Island. Lucky I read this what a disaster can happen so easy. I am not going there now. I will go somewhere else.

  15. Best wishes Philby, stick to your guns mate.

    When I am in biliran, because I am a westerner, my friends and family are constantly telling me that I cant go here or there because it is too dangerous, and I have to have an escort (bodyguard) everywhere I go. How can I recomend people to have a holiday in a place which is not safe?

    Dont get me wrong I love Biliran Island and will be back, but you have to be realistic. Also I have many good friends who help make my time in Biliran so enjoyable.

    Also Philby hopefully you will still be in Biliran next time I come to the Philippines, and we can catch up and maybee have a beer.

    Anthony, Gold Coast, Australia

  16. That’s fine Philby, the admin answered my question already… i was just curious which resort the so called attacked happened, because my hubby and me like to travel around the island next time we visit, so its good to know which places are safe… and we would be moving there in few years… so i hope this will be resolved soon so there’s no threat in the future for foreigners… By the way, who are these people involved? i hope they are not lumad na taga Naval kay its a disgrace to Navalains for sure… Good luck on your case

  17. Phil Gaz Here, you know that we are 100% behind you on this, but as before keep a cool head, we all understand just how rediculules these charges are and we are doing our part to show just how malice these people are, Perjury in court is still a grave offence and they will suffer the full weight of the law, we were mislead i know but things have a way of going full circle, as for our fellow readers some of you i can now say i told you so, Keep cool mate were there,G A Ferguson Cibiran.

  18. I don’t know the people involved here so I can’t speak for the validity. I am under the impression that Biliran is less safe than it used to be though. I hope that steps will be taken to keep Biliran (and Leyte) both peaceful and safe, that is one of the things I love about it when I visit there.

  19. to say that Biliran is a bas place because of this isolated incident is very irresposible. we’ve heard of some countries having much worse incidents but we dont generalize and instantly say such a place is bad. if for example there is a brawl in a bar in Boracay, is it fair to say that Boracay is a bad place? Philby, you have all the rights to air your side of the story, but to say that this province’ people are extortionists is downright irresponsible.

  20. the waray-waray side of Biliran Province from the town of Biliran to Cabucgayan, Caibiran and Culaba is the more dangerous side co foreighners who go there take extra care.

  21. I am somewhat dissapointed to read that some readers may change their travel plans due to what they have read here.

    As Philby and others have pointed out, that this is a fairly isolated incident, especially occuring at chamorita lodge, and that people intending to travel to Biliran should do so using common sense, as I believe this beautiful island is no more dangerous than any other part of the Philippines.

    If there are people in Biliran think they can take advantage of tourists and ex-pats. they should be dealt with swiftly by the law, as they are damaging the reputation and opportunitys from tourism for all Bilirans.

  22. I totally sympathize with you, a year ago an officemate went to that place and almost had that same experience-thanks to a friend who was familiar with the place he was able to escape. My point though is that because the incident happened within the resort – it is the responsibility of the owner to look after the safety of its guests.
    And to others who are not familiar with this island, please please do make a research before bringing your family or going to a certain place for your own safety.
    God Bless.

  23. Its is really true, some people of Biliran is not fair in terms of JUSTICE. When a foreigner is new to that area and think they can easily ask for an amount of money, they will going to find ways on how to put a case on their shoulder. It is really sad. Then when some foreigners will going to question the kind of attitudes they give for towards them, they will going to reason out “YOU ARE IN THE PHILIPPINES” What kind of answer is that? The law of the Philippines was mostly adopt from other country specially in USA. So Philby, go for what you believed. Give justice to what happen in you and your family. Let them learned that NOT all the time they can do that to foreigners. AND TO ALL THE LGU OFFICIALS OF BILIRAN, BE FAIR, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE STRANGER TO YOUR EYES YOU WILL GOING TO COVER UP THE MISBEHAVIOR THAT YOUR FELLOW BILIRANON DONE TO THESE POOR FOREIGNER WHO SUPPOSED TO BE PUT A BIG INCOME TO YOUR PROVINCE!!!

  24. TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO QUESTION THE CREDIBILITY OF THE COMPLAINTS OF PHILBY. INSTEAD OF CRITICIZING HIM. WHY DON’T YOU HELP YOUR PROVINCE BY FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATION. AND BE AWARE.

  25. Please be aware of going to places like Chamorita not unless you have people who are very familiar with the place and known to Naval.Chamorita is located in Catmon, Naval.Please be aware that the place is close to Haguikhikan,Libtong,Villa Caneja,Bato and Busali.Its easy for bad guys to get in in the area and the administrator is not really very reliable.Im sorry to say that although the person in charge knows me and have a very high respect in me.But how about you guys who are strangers?
    I advice you to visit Atipolo,Talahid,Agta Beach Resort in which the family is there to look after you and the people have a very high respect as one of the owners is a LAWYER itself so those bad guys can’t pursue their evil plans.
    Don’t get frustrated!Everything happens everywhere.
    Please post the names of the persons involved so others may be aware.Many thanks.

  26. WAKE-UP CALLS to the leaders in Biliran Province. Ordinary citizens must be vigilant too, tourists alike, pls dont keep the info within the confinement of your backyard. Use the cellfon or text to report any matters related to peace and order. Share the info to the authorities. We have only one island (Biliran) to cherish which we call a home away from home, never mind the “tagalog speaking polticians” because they dont love Biliran’s nature and its people. Example, they tolerate mining, they tolerate illegal drugs, and many more. It is about time to cleanse our backyard. Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disciplina ang kanahanglan (we must put teeth to our law, barking is not enough). Dapat sample lan yang mga anak ng mayaman (ng kastila) na pushers, users maayu bitayun patiwarik, o panitan buhi para ibuwad sa adlaw.
    Wala pa si Mayor Susan sa municipyo, daghan na nanghitabo sa palibot sa Naval, in fairness kang mayora, the incumbent mayor o mayors (sa Naval) need to be checked also on how far they take up measures/patakaran masumpo illegal drugs, or problema sa peace and order. Tingaleg gibulatiks na pagmaayu sa mga politikos niadtong wala pa naglingkod si Mayora sa municipyo.
    The alleged incident in Chamorita, kung tinoud man o exaggerated, is an isolated case which we must not panick about, but everybody must be vigilant jud. Remember june 7, 2008 incident sa cinemar, hangtud karun wala pa justicia sa mga kinabuhi nga nakalas tungod sa pagka hangul sa poder, ug pagka gutom sa poderoso nga pamilya sa Biliran. If symptoms persist, INSULT THE DOCTOR! Enuf is enuf!

  27. thanks foir the good comments kind people but PLEASE dont attack Chamorita!
    the reason why we go there is because it IS a safe place to visit. It has a good family atmosphere and the staff and management are courtious and polite.
    Yes, sure there are other places to go, but being a foreigner I enjoy the ambiance at Chamorita. It has beautiful gardens, the bamboo catwalk over the water is a romantic and peaceful place to watch the sun go down and its not loud or crowded. You can even buy french fries and good food there at a good price.
    I feel sad that certain people are attacking the place via thier comments.
    Despite the attack we still go there for romantic evenings or to take the kids there. Its other places we avoid. Chamorita is a place where ALL people of ALL cultures can feel safe at.

  28. this is all about social justice and trying to bring around some transperacy to the way that ‘rich’ people are ‘favoured’ by the justice system and the police. (and I am DEFINATELY NOT RICH!)… I mean the people who are trying to incarserate me with thier false accusations. (eg:The man who claims to be rich and are financing my accussors lawyers).
    I’m not complaining about Biliran as a whole but just the way things are run here in the justice system.
    There are many roadblocks we have encountered in this case.
    Right from trying to report our injuries at the hospital to filling out statements and blotters. We have encountered hurdles all the way.
    some people say to me: “why didnt you just pay the 20,000 they wanted it would have been cheaper for you, especially since you dont have much money?”
    The truth is its not about the money. Its about Justice and the doing the ‘right thing’.
    I stepped in to help a mate who was being badly bashed by drunk men with bottles. If I didnt step in he could be dead now! what would that do to Bilirans tourism?

  29. gday anthony from down under
    i have been to biliran ie caibiran many times and find the people sweet.Its about time expats and pinoy should help each other out and live in peace together it is your kindness and culture that brings expats to biliran.Though the problem seems to be the shaboo in this area causing problems at the moment.I myself would like to feel safe to be able to walk around at night without looking over my shoulder.

  30. Hi balf, you may have seen on the news tonight, the incident here on the Gold Coast, where robbers hit a bottleshop attendent in the face with a hammer!

    Unfortunately violent attacks are occuring more and more frequently, especially against innocent victims, and involving knives, guns and other weapons.

    This is indeed a violent society we all live in these days, and we need to be careful and vigilant so we do not become victims of these violent attacks.

  31. philby,

    first of all, i would like to say that i believe your story. what other reason would a sane man have to wrestle/rumble when his wife and children are present but to protect those that he loves. i understand why you’re so upset and disappointed. yours, your friends’ as well as your family’s lives were put in danger due to that traumatic incident. I fully support the idea of those drunks be made to answer the damages-physical and emotional- they cost your family.

    however, in the defense of biliran, negative publicity should be avoided. a lot of people already pointed out that that was an isolated incident and that can happen to anybody anywhere ion the world at any given time. yes, the Philippine government is far from perfect but which government isn’t? it just hurts to read all those people changing their plans because of this travel warning that you vehemently wrote against the island that i grew up in. you ask for fairness and justice. then let the people of biliran have it too. don’t shout to the world that biliranons are dangerous and must be avoided at any cost. hasty generalization is a fallacy. it isn’t fair. not to those who are good. and i know a lot of them. here in biliran. the island i grew up in.

  32. uel: philby,first of all, i would like to say that i believe your story. what other reason would a sane man have to wrestle/rumble when his wife and children are present but to protect those that he loves. i understand why you’re so upset and disappointed. yours, your friends’ as well as your family’s lives were put in danger due to that traumatic incident. I fully support the idea of those drunks be made to answer the damages-physical and emotional- they cost your family.however, in the defense of biliran, negative publicity should be avoided. a lot of people already pointed out that that was an isolated incident and that can happen to anybody anywhere ion the world at any given time. yes, the Philippine government is far from perfect but which government isn’t? it just hurts to read all those people changing their plans because of this travel warning that you vehemently wrote against the island that i grew up in. you ask for fairness and justice. then let the people of biliran have it too. don’t shout to the world that biliranons are dangerous and must be avoided at any cost. hasty generalization is a fallacy. it isn’t fair. not to those who are good. and i know a lot of them. here in biliran. the island i grew up in.

    Amen Uel… What uv said is true…

  33. Greetings:

    I am an American citizen who has lived in the Philippines for over seven years. Prior to then, I had been coming to the Philippines since the early 90’s. Since moving here to live (full-time), I have focused on learning everything I can about the Filipinos, their language (Cebuano, primarily), and their culture.

    I have been over the entire province of Biliran. Not once have I ever had a single (negative) incident with Filipinos on the island. I’m not talking about a single visit to a resort. I’m talking about multiple visits over a number of years there.

    During my visits and long stay here, I have found most Filipinos to be quite laid back, passive, and merely looking to enjoy a night out while drinking with friends.

    Of course, while I must admit I have seen a number of cases involving Filipinos fighting with each other, I have yet to see one where Filipinos attacked a group of foreigners.

    I’m sorry, I am just apprehensive to believe this story. I feel as though, the Filipinos, most likely anyway, were accosted or pushed in some way prior to them going after this group of foreigners. Filipinos just don’t just blatantly attack foreigners (in situations like this), in the many experiences I have had over the years in the Philippines.

    Incidentally, Philby stated that the Filipinos were jealous of the size of the motorcycles the foreigners had. I can’t agree with that either. While, they could have been somewhat envious (anyone who likes bikes could be, I suppose, right?), I seriously doubt jealous enough to go after this group of guys for that reason.

    Philby, are you very sure that you, or someone in your group, didn’t antagonize the group of Filipinos first, causing them to retaliate? That, in my opinion, would be more likely what happened.

    Oh, was this a high-end resort, charging outrageous pricing for drinks, or a simple place offering lower cost drinks?

    Paul Petrea
    link deleted –

    PS. Site Admin: I will make a point to add a link to your site from at least one of my sites, and it certainly will be added to the LinC Forums link system. Thanks for creating such a great site.

  34. hoy philby….ayaw mo to o dayon anang tawhana. kay kana siya basta mahubog ibutang sad sa ulo ang iya gi-inom. kini dugay nang nahitabo if im not mistaken 2 ka tuig ang nilabay pero di jud nako malimtan ang gisulti sa ako bayaw nga foriegner sa nga iyang naka-inom (philby) hambog siya unya mukhang kwarta ang tan-aw sa tanang pinoy even ang family sa iyang asawa. unya base sad sa ako na-observe niya gara-gara on siya kaayo to the point nga bisan ako nga dili hubog maprovoke. nahitabo ni siya sa kasabangan falls while nangaligo me didto na siya samok-samok kala mo kung sino siya nga kinahanglan galangon….

  35. comments from Digg.com
    http://digg.com/environment/TRAVEL_WARNING_BILIRAN_ISLAND_riders_beware

    zorro42

    FIRSTLY. A FOREIGNER IS CLASSED AS ANYONE WHO LOOKS DIFFERENT FROM THE LOCALS…

    BILIRAN PROVINCE IS MOUNTAINOUS WITH FRESH AIR TO BREATH. HIKING AND BEAUTIFUL SCENERY THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND IT IS GREAT. THOSE WHO LIVE AND VISIT HERE, LOVE IT.
    THE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY. BUT MANY HAVE A MISGUIDED THOUGHT THAT ‘ALL’ FOREIGNERS ARE RICH. THE MISGUIDED AND UNINFORMED PEOPLE THEN TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS RUMOUR. THIS BEING A DRAWBACK ON THE LACK OF EDUCATION THEY HAVE OF US.

    RECENTLY IT HAS BEEN REPORTED ON BILIRANISLAND.COM, OF AN ALTERCATION OF SOME LOCALS AND FOREIGNERS AT A RESORT. (THE RESORT WAS NOT TO BLAME) THIS HAS BEEN GREATLY OVERSTATED BY THE LOCALS. MISREPRESENTATION OF THE FACTS TO EXTORT MONEY. THEREFORE EXAGERATING THE FACTS AND ALLEGED INJURIES SUSTAINED. A FEW SCRATCHES ARE TURNED INTO MAJOR INJURIES. THE FOREIGNERS CONCERED FORGET IT, UNTIL THEY ARE REQUIRED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES OF ACTION IN COURT PROCEEDINGS. IT IS A SLOW PROCESS TO GAIN THE TRUTH, PUTTING A STRAIN ON THOSE CONCERNED AND THE FAMILIES. THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS WISE TO WHAT REALLY GOES ON. SO THE LOCALS CONCERNED CAN EXPECT HUMILIATION AT THE END. BETTER THEY FORGET IT ALSO.

    THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PROMOTING TOURISM FOR THE PROVINCE, AND IS CLOSE TO ACHIEVING WHAT TOURISTS COULD EXPECT. ONGOING ROAD CONSTRUCTION AROUND AND OVER THE ISLAND IS PROGRESSING. AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROMISED THE POPULATION WHO ELECTED THEM, THAT IT WILL BE COMPLETED DURING THIS TERM OF OFFICE. WHEN IT IS COMPLETE, IT WILL BE A PLEASURE TO ALL TRAVELLERS, LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE.

    NAVAL, THE CAPITOL IS A BUSY TOWNSHIP OF SHOPPING AND BUSINESS. A NEW PIER, AND SOON A NAVAL – MANILA RO-RO FERRY. IT COULD EASILY BE A NICER ATTRACTION, AS IT WAS BECOMING A FEW YEARS AGO. LOCALS AND TOURISTS ARE CONFRONTED BY VEHICLES OF MANY DESCRIPTIONS VIEING FOR PARKING, OR EASY PROGRESS IN TRAVEL THROUGH THE CLOGGED ROADS. AN EXCESS OF SIKAD ON THE TOWNSHIP ROADS ARE THE MAIN PROBLEM, WITH AT LEAST A FOUR HUNDRED PERCENT INCREASE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. WITH PLANNING IT COULD BE EASILY RECTIFIED.

    ENFORCED TRAFFIC LAWS ARE SADLY LACKING. DOGS AND SIKAD ON THE HIGHWAYS ILLEGALLY, IN AND OUT OF NAVAL PROPER, MAKES IT A NIGHTMARE FOR THE UNWARY AT NIGHT OR THE DAYTIME. VERY FEW PEOPLE ON THE ROADS AND HIGHWAYS KNOW OF SAFETY OR RULES OF THE ROAD. MANY VEHICLES ARE DRIVEN OR RIDDEN, BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF THESE THINGS. REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE, DRIVING LICENSES, VEHICLE SAFETY WITH LIGHTS, BRAKES OR TIRES, ARE NOT POLICED. STOP AND GIVE WAY SIGNS ARE MINIMAL. OR IF THEY ARE ERECTED, THEY ARE IGNORED BY MANY, AS ARE THE ONE WAY ONLY ROADS. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE CAUSING UNWANTED ACCIDENTS, WITH UNWANTED HOSPITAL TREATMENTS, MAJOR AND MINOR. ONE ONLY HAS TO TALK TO THE MEDICAL STAFF AT NAVAL HOSPITAL TO VARIFY THIS STATEMENT.

    OTHER THAN THE ABOVE. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE OR VISIT. COME AND SEE YOURSELF.
    THEN YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY WE LIKE IT HERE, AND HOW WE TRY TO LAUGH IT OFF.
    From “A foreigners point of view”.

  36. well all this incedents now are really silly sucks to all visiting our Provinces goood images goneeeee by the wind it showed financially hardships somewhere those lazy bunch groups out there commmon dont be silly ONE otherwise our Province remained POVERTY till ends wld u be happy nomore foriegners wld come thaaat so limey and shameeeeeee have a lifeeeee?????

  37. its meeey: well all this incedentsnow are really silly sucks to all visiting ourProvinces goood images goneeeee by the wind it showedfinancially hardshipssomewhere those lazy bunch groups out there commmondont be silly ONE otherwiseour Province remainedPOVERTY till ends wld u be happynomore foriegners wld come thaaatso limey and shameeeeeee have a lifeeeee?????

    sorry but i don’t really get what you’re saying.. :D

  38. Hi Philby,

    Hope you read this. Hope you and your family are ok. Could you please give a update about your situation now?

    Perhaps it’s a good idea that foreigners on Biliran island make a contact circle and have meetings to exchange experiences and ideas.

  39. thanks for the concern expat, (and all you other kind people),
    I’m back here in Australia and my family are still there.
    The girls are still frightened and so is my wife. She wants to leave the town she has spent all her life in, and just wants to get far away from these people. My whole family are still living in fear.

    I saw the fiscal (who is a sort of judge there) before I came home. My health had been getting worse since the attack and I was suffering from laringitis and had no voice, so it was hard explaining to the judge what really had happened. I plan on another sitting with the fiscal when I produce new evidence upon my return.

    I’ve had to come back to Australia. I’m on a disability pension and needed treatment here. also I’ve had to gather evidence from my friends who were assaulted in the scuffle. (they work here in Australia).

    quite frankly I’m sick of the whole thing.

    The police acted wrongly, as did the hospital throughout the whole ordeal. It seems everyone has taken the so called ‘rich guys’ side. As for the judges, that has yet to be seen.
    I said to the police if this wasnt treated JUSTLY I would raise my concerns online. Thats why I am here voicing my grieviences here, I really thought that doing that would end the situation but unfortunately it hasnt. Our attackers are still claiming that I attacked them and they want money. At the police station the instigator of the attack was wearing alot of gold- this intimidated the police (one policeman said to a close buisness man friend of mine: “but ___ he was wearing alot of gold!”).

    A member of the Philippino community here in Australia has close ties with the media and has contacted me about doing a story about what happened. However I feel this could be detrimental to the future of tourism on the island. (He’s not just interested in my little case but other things as well). This would be aired in Australia.
    I have told the journalist everything about the case. On his advice I’ve written a long statement (in the presence of a JP (justice of the peace)) outlining that I do fear for my life and if I am jailed upon my return, or if anything happens to me, he is to go to the higest media outlets and give them my story… I’ve included alot of evidence that shows how wrong this case is.
    All these discrepicencies add to the incompetence of the judicial system on the Island and throughout the Philippines.

    I feel like I’m caught betwen rock and a hard place. The Philippinos say just pay the money they want, my foreigner friends say dont give them 1peso… what is a man to do?

    We were all under attack in front of our kids, I was injured (minor) and so was my wife and my friend. I injured 2 of the attackers with only MINOR injuries whilst defending myself….I’m not rich, yet now I’m thinking maybe I should have just paid the money they wanted. It’s not the right thing to do, but how can you win when the ‘rich guy’ is having so much influence on the outcome?

    I love the Philippino people and this is the first time I’ve ever come up against these sorts of people. They actually appear quite respectable, drive a nice car, live in a big house, dress well, they have a good commannd of english and yet I’m amazed that they would stoop so low to steal from poor people (I am not rich), and then attack them with bottles!
    (I realise this is due to intoxication, but persuing the matter AFTER the fact when they are sober?).

    anyway any private messaging can be made to me via my email address if anyone has any helpful comments that they dont wish to post on this blog…
    [email protected]
    (we have set up ‘bilihelp’ to supply books and clothing from Australia for the kids and schools in the mountains on Biliran who rarely recieve donated goods).

  40. thank you for posting your story Philby. an american i have been to Biliran, but more so as a man married to a wonderful lady with family there On Biliran i have been planning to move there one day investing every penny i can to provide for my wife kids and family, I am not rich but the investment would also help the wonderful people of Biliran at least in a small way, perhaps with luck and lots of hard work my efforts will help many there outside of the family.
    what i find sad here is people so quick to be defensive on this blog and attack you, if riding a very old motor is reason for others to attact you and your family then Biliran will never be ready to accept tourism.
    I have been warned of such things in the philippines, the part that makes it happen over and over and the reason Biliran is “undiscovered paradise” is this is the same story over and over.
    it is with the help of local police that this goes so far without the “payoff” they expected to get it would have ended quick, at the very least with an investigation from the local gov as it should have been.
    I am lucky to say most of my adventures in the philippines ( 6 trips ) i have been exposed to the most wonderful people, but i have sadly seen such things happen as well.
    i would venture to say those here that seek to condem you are the types that encourage such things to happen.
    yes i will grant bad things happen in every country but it is up to the good people all over to put a stop to it,
    i conside many Filipinos my brothers, i have gone so far as to open my door here in usa to a stranger who was without a place to sleep just because of my love for the Filipino people, it makes me sad to think it may not be safe for me to live there with my family, even as in the back of my mind is more then just family, in my heart if one day i am there and i can offer a job to someone in need, even to offer a meal to a hungry child that is what makes my soul happy, and those here that are quick to condem you hurt those that i would perhaps be lucky enough to help one day.
    it is not just what happened to you but how it is common knowledge that the police are expecting money in their own pockets, but the really bad part is when many here condem you perhaps they were hoping for some of the pay off also

  41. As a victim of a similar crime, I just wanted to express my support for Philby. I also have to say I am absolutely APPALLED at the people who are questioning this mans integrity, or are trying to play down this incident and pretend its not important or it didn’t happen. Pointing out that such attacks are exceptions rather than the norm is one thing, but sweeping it all under the carpet because you don’t like to hear it is something else.

    For Gods sake can we please get over this ridiculous myopia which seems to afflict an inordinate number of people here, that just because nothing bad ever happened to THEM, therefore it cant happen to anyone and thus people like Philby must be lying or exaggerating. Its absolutely ridiculous and insulting. It obviously happened to the man. Stop trying to recast the victim as the bad guy, or worse labeling him a liar, and implying that he was somehow the instigator of the whole affair. It’s absolutely outrageous.

    I found Paul Petreas post particularly offensive in this regard. The statement that “Filipinos just don’t just blatantly attack foreigners” is patent nonsense. First of all, Filipinos are not some homogeneous race of clones who all behave in some uniform, culturally programmed manner. They are a nation of disparate human beings, just like any other. You will find many wonderful people, and a normal proportion of bad apples too, just like any other race or nation. Members of the latter category are EMINENTLY capable of blatantly attacking foreigners, especially if they have plenty of back up and know that the police will take their side against the foreigner, as they so often do. When young men of dubious character are prowling in groups of like minded peers, and you throw alcohol and poverty into the mix you get a classic recipe for violence. This is as true in the developed world as it is in the developing, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out.

    I can understand why Filipinos reading Philby’s post might feel horrified that it presents a bad image of the place. But please please please, don’t adopt the stereotypical Asian posture of burying your head in the sand and denying that such things are happening because you don’t want to lose face or accept a reality that is unpalatable. If you really want to preserve the image of your homeland as a friendly and welcoming place, incidents such as this should be exposed, the offenders prosecuted vigorously and the victims should be extended empathy, compassion and where appropriate, commensurate reparation. That is the BEST way to present a good image to the world and reassure tourists that they are welcome and safe in your country.

    Philby I am very sorry to hear of your plight, and I really hope everything works out for you. Please don’t let some people make you feel that you should apologise to anyone for speaking out about what happened to you. You should be applauded. Finally well done to the Filipinos who speak out in support of victims such as Philby. Its attitudes like that which reassure tourists that they will be supported and believed if they are unfortunate enough to end up in such a situation.

  42. Hi Philby, I’m a Brit living in Davao, my girlfriend lives in Naval and has invited me to meet her parents. Being a foreigner I know anywhere in the Philippines can sometimes draw the wrong attention as i’ve come close many scrapes my self prompted by jealous people. So i did my research and found this blog. How is your case going? Please provide an update. I agree with the statement above from David. The people trying to condemn you only make foreigners more scared to visit Biliran. The locals need to get behind you and the government publicly shame the criminals, so tourist feel a bit safer.. I’ll have to pay for my girl friends and her parents to visit me.

    ALL THE BEST MY FRIEND!

  43. Agree with David. Nicely done.

    I want to know the end of the story too. It came out pretty melodramatically (not falsely. it was drama)

    but then left us in suspense…

  44. ang pangit naman ng effect nito sa kabigian kong foreigner na papasyal sana dito sa biliran, sa naval, nung makita niya ang post na ito, umayaw na lang sya para kasi siyang nadiscourage, pero pinagsabihan ko siya na baka rumors lang ito, pero hindi na talaga siya naniwala, dapat tanggalin na itong blog na ito just to clean up our image and our place.

  45. I’m thinking of going to biliran to stay with friend who lives there after reading all the comments I’m now not sure if I should go is there any updates on the issues there

  46. If you stay in a Philippine resort the local mafia will think you are rich. So you wake up in the morning strangled with rope and the Police will say it was suicide. Like the Korean man near Bacolod. Same all over SE Asia. You brought it upon yourself by showing off, telling everyone you were a rich. Next time check into a 500 peso room. Get smart or die.

  47. Been living in Biliran Province for 25+ years with no issues. In Philippines or any other country if you walk around like a Lamb you will be preyed upon…

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