Where there are many poor and desperate people, of course, crime is also present.
See where you are going, do not go to squatter area alone, do not show off expensive cameras, gold jewelry, do not wave around with Iphones, and mostly do not dress like some stupid tourist who is noticeable by thieves and criminals from one kilometer.
And beware of the people who call you FRIEND.
Don’t fall for the tempting offers of strange people.
Look out for handbags and backpacks and of course wallets; especially in Jeepney’s where people squeeze like sardines.
DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH ANY KIND OF DRUG. Here they kill because it’s part of Duterte’s policy of eradicating drugs and crime.
Also, be careful that somebody put anything in your personal luggage.