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Legal Matters

  • Drugs are illegal and very risky, especially in the era of President Duterte's 'drug war'. Be smart and avoid any and all drugs, including marijuana.
  • Filipinos litter like it's going out of style but that doesn't mean you should join them, and you can be fined for littering in some cities.
  • Small bribes remain a common way of getting out of traffic infractions, although Duterte has promised to eliminate the practice.
  • Should you find yourself in trouble, your first recourse is your embassy.