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Dear Bill and Lorna,

I assume this practice is somehow legal in the Philippines.Is there some action I can take to free my gf, who as been held against her will -- as the bill piles up -- for the last few days.
I am in London, England, and do not have any money at this time. She is being held in Naga. Her family cannot pay the ransom.
Can I consult police,a lawyer, a politician.
I am a writer. I feel I will launch a negative publicity campaign all over the world about this. Who would want to visit the Philippines,knowing ill people are so badly treated.
I would appreciate any help,

Kind regards,
Dale Reynolds

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Dale first of all this is not an uncommon scam when Filipinas are financially pressured by their families to get money from their foreign boyfriends, lovers and or husbands. So FIRST you need to ask ALL the right detailed questions like Tel# of hospital?, Name of doctor(s)? and contact #s? and working hours of practice? What is her ailment or what type of treatment was given? what is her prescriptions? how much each?  Then depending on the answers you need to contact them directly by tel / fax / email to VERIFY what your GF has told you. The Philippines is a poor country so any Filipina who is in contact with or has a relationship with a foreigner from a wealthy country is scammed, milked and courted by various individuals in her family and community.

Take Note:Writing negative content about the Philippines or slandering the wealthy Filipinos or government officials will get you only one thing black listed or banned from returning. Step lightly, become informed before jumping to conclusions.  

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Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.

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I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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Suite101.com, eDreams.com, expertcentral.com who asked me to apply with allexperts.com

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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