I just want to share here with you how the Filipino Legal system helps corrupt institutions to get your money.
I live in Lapu Lapu city on Mactan Island. Today I went to the Shangrila hotel. I met a Filipino over a restaurant meal , who offered me to use his name in the facilities so I will have an easier entrance.
I thanked him for the offer and did as he asked. I ordered a Helmet Diving activity and paid for it in cash.
When i got out of the hotel i was notified that the person i spoke with has already checked out, and he refuses to remember even talking to me. That got me into tons of trouble. I was forced to pay an amount of 9k pesos for “facilities use” of the hotel. After two hours of talking to a stupid Filipino duty manager , explaining that i was mislead and am not supposed to pay the fee, she said it is fine and i am free to go, only to be caught (me and my wife) by the police and being transferred to a police station- where reps from the hotel already awaited us.
In the police station the police man explained that if the hotel staff will file a case against me, me and my wife will be arrested and spend the next 2 days in their jail. they also said that is an horrible place- hot and crowded.
Only my landlord saved the situation (he is an influential person) , convincing the police to let me go after I pay what the hotel wants. He also convinced the hotel management not to open a case. Of course i paid the full amount on the spot and was set free.
Of course there is no need to tell how i feel and how lovely it is to be threatened by the police to be locked in a jail only because a corrupt hotel wants your money.
Next time you visit the Shangrilla, think of what happened to me.Published in