Its not as difficult as it seems to say “yes” but the difficult part is how victimised? I was discussing on a forum this morning regarding 2 men in their 60s that were arrested for having sex in a hotel room with a 17 year old as well as videoing the event. Is this victimisation? Personally I have no sympathy for the guys as they were obviously exploiting the situation. But there are many “grey areas” that foreigners get caught out with regularly and often end up with jail or buying off Police. But to be honest its those areas that don’t really affect me as a bit of research you find most of the people were caught out very easily the biggest threat to Foreigners seems to be stupidity and a high belief they are better than the local population.
Now I take the opposite stance which is I “expect” people to try and rip me off purely because I am a foreigner. Sound a bit harsh? If your expecting it your not caught off guard. Benefit of the doubt is for fools so don’t use it. For example I have experienced over pricing of property prices purely because I’m a foreigner. Not a small bit either the price was doubled and the realtor was keen to close the deal ASAP. Firstly I never buy anything straight away as often the guarantees are none existent in the Philippines and secondly there is always ways round to get things cheaper. Property for example ideally you want to get people you can trust just asking generally as often there are properties available that aren’t advertised on the market and often a lot cheaper perfect example is our hill lot. Realtor price = P2,500sqm purchased price direct = P750sqm. Which is obviously a huge saving.
But I have also noticed i am more likely to be overcharged by people who are well educated locals rather than the working locals. Perfect example is I have never been overcharged by a tricycle, jeepney or peddle cab driver. But Taxis who are in regular contact with foreigners will try to overcharge, not use the meter etc. regularly. I think a lot of this problem is down to foreigners being easy pickings as new arrivals generally have no idea of pricing. But also locals are aware of the fact they can rip you off because of that fact. I think its important that Foreign nationals work closer together to fill in the gaps with local contacts. E.g. good lawyers, vehicle hire companies, sensible priced realtors to get the best out of life in the Philippines. As well as cross sharing business contacts such as good wholesalers.
Sadly though I have found very few expats that are prepared to work as a co-op network which I believe is down to a mixture of reasons. Some are retired and have no interest in business, others think they have the golden business yet in a population of over 90million unless they are going multiple franchise which would make sense to ACTUALLY use the expat network with people with cash waiting they keep the ideas to themselves. I’m hoping it can develop though as its an important way for people to survive in the Philippines.
What annoys me about victimisation? main thing is that the protective attitude in the Philippines stopping foreigners operating businesses and buying properties aren’t implemented in the UK. I’m a strong believer in REAL equality and ideally would if in power in the UK for example would look to level the playing field either the Philippines would have to grant similar rights to British nationals or Filipinos would fall under the same rules as British nationals do in the Philippines but in the UK stopping them operating/owning businesses or properties.