Crime and Safety
The Dumaguete nightlife is considered safe, albeit with the usual incidents of petty crime such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching that happen on rare occasions. The stats I’ve seen suggest that walking alone during the day, or even at night, is regarded as being safe.
However, I do have serious concerns about safety in South Negros generally.
The island has had serious trouble with communist insurgents...
If there are enough hard-line communist rebels there to actually challenge the power of the army, which basically entails putting a target on your back for execution if the government apprehends you, then how many more local people harbor simmering hatred towards capitalists without going so far as to join the rebels?
You can include all westerners within that capitalist category because we are all perceived as being such, and so the question becomes ‘how many of the locals hate us, seriously dislike us, or just mildly dislike us’ enough to make the place dangerous?
Anyone who is familiar with Southeast Asia will be aware of the, sometimes fake, smiles on the faces of the local people in their dealings with westerners, and I wonder just how welcome we really are in parts of the Philippines. I’m not judging anyone, but in circumstances like these I go with my instincts, and my instincts tell me that in many cases we aren’t at all welcome, and that the general level of safety in South Negros is likely to be somewhat volatile.
If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time...
I don’t place a great deal of weight on the opinions of western governments, especially my own (UK) which has become something of an authoritarian nanny-state of late, but the UK is not alone in its concerns over travel safety.
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Don’t brush this one off. However unlikely it is that you’ll be kidnapped in Dumaguete, if it does happen you won’t escape with a black-eye, you could end up being tortured and killed!