Firstly, yes, I am headed to the Phillipines and yes it is a part that is known for being a little more....kidnap friendly than other places but in saying that, there are far more dangerous places in the world.
Still, I feel like I have to say this:
Before I start, to the people that know me and are reading this, I am completely one hundred percent serious when I say this. Please respect it and I apologize.
Even though it is unlikely that I will get kidnapped and ransomed if I ever do...
Do Not Pay.
If people always pay then this will remain a good income stream for kidnappers. Why stop doing something that has proven to be profitable. If people stop paying then the kidnappings will not be worth the effort.
I know what this means but I am a New Zealander and if New Zealand media has proven anything it is that if a person from New Zealand gets killed in a way like this then it will be reported on. Even if ten others were killed at my side, the main reason for them to follow up the story will be that one of their own is a victim.
In my life I have come across people that are so sure of themselves and their beliefs, some I respect.....others I do not. The ones I do not are the people that talk a lot about making a difference. Judge others for not conforming to their way of thinking. Then when it truly matters, when they are put in a position that they can act....they don't. They point out what is wrong without offering any solutions, they close their minds because it does not follow their perfect plan.
The world is not perfect, having forums and charity events and posting crap on facebook doesn't mean anything if you don't act when you are in a position to do so. People like that are just putting a plaster on a seven inch gash.
I know that there is a lot under the surface here. I could go on for a long time, be specific, name names, but that would not solve anything. I just needed somewhere to write this that was accessible to the right people.
No matter what, don't pay. If you do then I will devote my entire existence to taking down the people that did it to me, no matter who they are. So I would be lost either way.