Foreign Fugitives Cannot Hide In The Philippines

Foreign Fugitives Cannot Hide In The Philippines

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American Fugitive Ricky Masanque Sanchez Thought He Could Hide In the Philippines

He was on parole in California for an attempted murder conviction when he had the brilliant idea to run away to the Philippines. My first thought was how dumb this guy is. He was not wanted for anything. All he had to do was serve his time on parole. Why did he run?

It does not matter why he ran, he ran. A lot of people do it. And many of them are far worse than Sanchez. They run to the Philippines thinking that this is some remote, disconnected land invisible to the rest of the world.

They think that they can blend in here in the Philippines. They think that no one will suspect them of being a fugitive. Maybe they are correct in some cases.

If they keep their nose clean they may get by for a while. If they have family that takes care of them and provide some level of cover they might be able to escape justice for a time.

Your Own Face Is Your Worst Enemy With Facial Recognition 

Eventually, you will post on Face Book with your real name or a fake name and your real photo. All they need is your photo and your running days are over.

Or you will walk into some public place that is monitored by cameras connected to facial recognition servers. Boom. It's all over.

I predict that in the not too distant future facial recognition will be ubiquitous throughout the Philippines.
Last June, the Philippines’ Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the country’s military will soon acquire facial recognition software and drones to help in combatting terrorism.

“We are looking at facial recognition software so that we can easily track down the bad guys,” Lorenzana told the media. source
Facial recognition capability is being added to 11,000 Thai 7-11 stores:
While no timetable for the technology has been disclosed, Remark will use its KanKan system, which uses gesture recognition to record data on visitor traffic, how long customers spend at each shelf and changes to their emotional state as they move through stores. It will also identify members of 7-Eleven’s loyalty programme, and contains machine learning software enabling it to predict which products should be stocked at particular stores, based on previous purchasing data.
Japan is also exploring facial recognition in 7-11 stores. Can the Philippines be far behind?

One of the first things you do when you enter the Philippines is submit your bio-metrics:
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente noted that they have been using the new software called the border control information system (BCIS) in processing all international passengers entering and exiting the premier ports over the past two weeks at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). 
He explained that the software requires computers to be equipped with cameras and a finger-scanning device that all passengers lining up for BI inspection must go through every time they travel in or out of the country.

“Each time a passenger’s face is captured by camera and his fingers scanned, the results are automatically cross-matched with the passport image and images in the BI database where personal details of persons with derogatory records are stored,” the BI chief said.
Sanchez came over in September 2017, before this bio-metric policy was implemented.

There are many agencies in the Philippines that are eager to fulfill their mandate as it relates to you. It is only a matter of time before you come up on one of their radar screens.

And as if facial recognition was not enough, now fugitives need to be concerned with gait analysis. Shoe stores in Manila are getting people warmed up to gait analysis because it can be used to help you find the perfect fitting shoe. But gait analysis holds the potential to become even more powerful than facial recognition in its ability to uniquely identify individuals. And if that is not enough to convince you that Big Brother is serious, the Pentagon is perfecting a system that uses lasers to uniquely identify individuals by their heartbeats from hundreds of meters away.

There Are Eyes Everywhere In The Philippines

Technology does not even need to get involved to end your villainous vacation.

Immigration Memorandum Circular No. SBM-2014-017 provides for a reward of up to 2,000 PHP for anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of an "overstaying" foreigner. 

If you are a criminal foreigner in the Philippines running from the justice of some other country, guess what?

You are an overstaying foreigner.

That is because whatever credentials that you have are invalid and or will be invalidated soon.

If The Locals Do Not Get You The Expats Will

Expats who are following the law and doing right do not want to have their good names blackened by bad actors and criminals. 

So if you are thinking about fleeing to the Philippines because you think you can just disappear...

think again.

You are not as invisible as you think you are. 

See you on ClearView.

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