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  1. Paul, RA562 is the law. http://www.chanrobles.com/republicacts/republicactno562.html#.W6tZCfZuJMs Annual Reporting Guidelines and Amendments are published Annually based on the law but these advisories/amendments to advisories change each year. Example, here is one from 2016 http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/Advisory2016/IOO_SBM-2015-041_2015Dec17.pdf Then, open this site, scroll down and see the 2018 advisories and amendments. http://immigration.gov.ph/41-annual-report-a-r#advisory You may have 2 options but you won't know until the 2019 Reporting Advisory is published. Report within 30 days when you return and pay any fines (if any) (used to be 200 pesos per month) or go to a Philippine Consulate/Embassy in Dubai and give your wife POA to do it for you. I would wait until the 2019 Annual Reporting Guidelines are published then you will see your options. As I wrote, they change each year.
  2. Many Expats live in the towns along the beach towns 50km down Naguilian Road from Baguio. PLDT has https://pldthome.com/fibr plans in those towns. Bauang hosts the large PLDT oceanic cables in one of it's large bldgs. The entire area has beach resorts, bars along the coast. San Fernando Bay walk, San Juan has surfing. Lorma Hospital for health care. Country living available. The TPLEX Rosario exit will open April 2019 making the trip to Clark Airport 2 hours 30 minutes. TPLEX will eventually be extended to San Juan, La Union.
  3. https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/there-s-an-inflation-crisis-brewing-in-the-philippines-1.547766 There's an inflation crisis brewing in the Philippines By SIEGFRID ALEGADO AND CLAIRE JIAO | Bloomberg | Published: September 15, 2018 Filipinos queuing for hours to buy cheap rice from the government. Families eating fewer meals a day to save money. Locals venting their anger against President Rodrigo Duterte on social media. These are the images and stories that have dominated media coverage in the Philippines after inflation soared to more than 6 percent in August, far higher than the rest of Asia. Pressure started at the beginning of the year with higher oil prices and tax increases on fuel, sugary drinks and cigarettes, and quickly moved to rice, the nation's staple food, because of supply shortages. Now, everything from electronic gadgets to haircuts to T-shirts cost at least 10 percent more than a year ago, according to anecdotal evidence in Manila. Alongside a more than 7 percent slump in the currency this year, consumers are hurting. A sentiment index contracted for the first time in more than two years, a worrying signal in a country where private consumption makes up about 70 percent of gross domestic product. Consumers like Nica Aguilar, 30, are either switching to cheaper brands or changing daily routines to adapt. The energy compliance officer, who works in the Ortigas business district in Manila, said she now uses part of her lunch break to cut down on her parking bill after hourly fees rose by 25 percent. She leaves her office to re-park her car, taking advantage of a cheaper rate for the first four hours. Duterte's government is now scrambling to get on top of the problem as mid-term elections loom next year. Import rules on rice and sugar will be eased, while the police have been roped in to check for overpricing. The central bank, which initially faced criticism for being too slow to act, has delivered 100 basis-points of interest-rate increases since May and pledged further strong action. "Inflation is the most political of all economic risks because it can be felt immediately," said Gene Pilapil, a political science professor at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. The Duterte administration is facing its first major economic test and could lose public support should prices go out of control, he said. Two years into his six-year term, Duterte's popularity has so far been supported by a strong economy, rising wealth and a tough anti-drug and anti-crime stance. The most recent opinion poll showed his popularity may be waning. "The 2019 elections were supposed to be a clear victory for the administration but with inflation rising, it could become interesting," said Pilapil. Inflation accelerated to 6.4 percent in August, the fastest pace in nine years, with more pain in store as a super typhoon threatens farmlands in the Philippines just before the rice and corn harvest. Economic growth weakened to a three-year low of 6 percent last quarter, while the peso slumped to the lowest level since 2005 on Wednesday. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the police are inspecting warehouses, markets and grocery stores and arresting those who are raising prices unjustly. Officials also met with manufacturers to convince them not to increase prices yet and have considered further easing import rules for various staples such as rice, fish and sugar, he said. "Inflation is being addressed and we have both monetary and non-monetary tools" to solve the problem, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said on Wednesday. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno rejected calls from some lawmakers and consumer groups to suspend the new taxes that took effect this year, saying a "structural reform can't be deserted for a transitory problem." The price spike should not be a cause for concern as inflation was even faster in previous administrations, he said. "The 6.4 percent is nothing out of the ordinary," he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV's David Ingles on Thursday. With sales contracting, some companies are agonizing between raising wages and retrenching staff or risking workers picketing and closing shop. "Our workers are pushing for an increase. Prices are so bad now, they're threatening to strike," said Vincenzo Tagle, who helps run his family's car parts and repair company in Manila, employing 60 people. Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, governments are taking stronger action to curb prices. In Indonesia, President Joko Widodo slapped controls on fuel costs and ordered additional imports of goods from salt to buffalo meat. In Vietnam, authorities are boosting subsidies on fuel and freezing electricity prices. Philippine central bank Governor Nestor Espenilla has repeatedly said a broadening of price pressures to wages, transport costs and services would be a concern. He has flagged a rate hike could be on the cards at the Sept. 27 policy meeting. The central bank "may even call an emergency policy meeting in the face of soaring inflation," Alex Holmes, Asia economist at Capital Economics Ltd. in London said in a note Wednesday. "It's only appropriate to aggressively tighten policy," said Joey Cuyegkeng, a senior economist at ING Groep in Manila, who is forecasting a 50 basis-point increase this month. Strong rate action will anchor price expectations and support a weakening currency, he said.
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    Expat fraudsters

    My thoughts as well. The Piece of S*** acted Extremely Narcissistic. I've encountered other Narcissistic Foreigner Con men tricksters here over the years from treasure hunters to those seeking investors & they eventually get their Karma. I'm surprised it took 20 years to bust this a-hole. The Investigator did an outstanding job. The U.S. will cancel his passport he'll do time in prison here be deported then he will face charges in the U.S.
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    Expat fraudsters

    Article regarding their arrests. http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1044909 Google Boiler room scams, Philippines and many other videos/news articles show up as well.
  6. 4 years ago we paid for 2 vehicles to get the new White with Black letter plate replacement. The wife went to LTO last month and neither have arrived. They told her many have not arrived, so it's been 4 years for us.
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    Car Service rip off - be warned

    Cost at Dealer for Parts are a huge rip off as well. The dealer wanted 7,000 Pesos for a replacement remote. One can buy 10 remotes for $28.95 on Amazon. I bought 2 while I was in the states from Amazon for $8 and both work fine. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074PBK7XM/ref=sxts_kp_tr_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=8778bc68-27e7-403f-8460-de48b6e788fb&pd_rd_wg=kSxw2&pf_rd_r=G7B811ZGTKH3E9XTKJ7T&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-top-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=B074PBK7XM&pd_rd_w=YwnKU&pf_rd_i=ford+remote&pd_rd_r=7d9e43d6-6fba-4b3a-ab19-c8de7ad413c8&ie=UTF8&qid=1537049366&sr=2
  8. She's pretty disciplined and uses a 950 peso Nokia when she is out shopping, in the market etc. and only uses her iPhone in the house or secure areas. I do the same.
  9. The more I am reading about the new iPhone Xs, XS Max, I'm learning about how internal eSim https://www.asus.com/ph/support/FAQ/1034508/ is replacing the externally inserted sim cards and the carrier must provide a QR code to be able to connect to their service even if the phone is already unlocked. I don't see where any Philippine carriers support eSim phones. Maybe that's why Philippines was not on the list of countries in the video? The XS Max (Hong Kong, China, Macau) version have dual sim with Nano card support, perhaps it can be used in the Philippines. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209086 I see the new iPhone XR has both eSim and Nano. https://www.apple.com/iphone-xr/specs/ I think i'll pass on ordering one from the states because even if it's unlocked, it may not work here without a QR Code to connect to Smart or Globe. I'll wait until it all gets sorted out by others in the PI.
  10. Fast forward to 8:35 Philippines is not listed as one the countries where they will be available September 21 & 28, 2018 As usual, resellers here who get them will charge almost double. I think i'll surprise the wife and have one shipped via FEDEX from the states.
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    Google what is WebRTC and how to disable it. I made the changes to Edge and my VPN Leaks stopped https://buffered.com/privacy-security/how-to-disable-webrtc-in-various-browsers/
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    Kanu tax

    For years, other Expats and I rode motorcycle enduro trails all over the mountains in La Union with a group of locals. The locals we rode with and the residents we encountered would never drink the spring/creek waters because of the farm animals upland of the source pissing/shitting in the water. If they could not create a deep well they would not establish a home base. They would only use the creek/spring water for their farms, to wash clothes, some would use it to shower. etc. so you may want to test your water and venture upland to see if farm animals/carabao are pissing/shitting in your water.
  13. I just renewed my ACR 13a Permanent Resident Card, looks different from the previous one, they only gave me 5 years before it expires.
  14. I just finished buying most of my and my wife's 2019 tickets before price increases as a result of this news.
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    There are many VPN's available. I suggest you research and educate yourself about VPN Leakage and the countermeasures and settings one should do on their computers operating system so sites can't see your true IP Address/"location even though you are using a VPN. Expedia and Amazon were notorious for detecting my true IP Address/Location via VPN leakage until I tweaked my operating system. https://thebestvpn.com/vpn-leak-test/