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How to send this Swiss national home?
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There are many homeless people in the world, but I really feel bad when I see a homeless foreigner. It’s very strange to see a white guy begging in Bangkok or a Japanese national, poor and homeless in the Philippines.
I would never want to be in a position where I can’t find my way back home here in Manila.
My question is: Can I/we/the Swiss Embassy/Swissair donate money/help this man go home? And how?

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The Accidental Prisoner
By Rem Zamora, ABS-CBN.com

At the corner of Kalaw Avenue and Orosa, inside the Tourist Police Station, a 29-year-old Swiss national has been seeking refuge there for almost three weeks now.
A sales agent by profession, David Archetti wanted to experience Manila after spending 6 years in Cebu with his ex-wife.
Upon arrival on June 27, 2011, he met a taxi driver who introduced him to different unscrupulous people. These people stole his belongings, including his passport, cellphone, and wallet. They left him with only 400 pesos in his pocket.

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With no place to stay, David walked around the streets of Manila and slept inside a church for three nights until the deacon told him he couldn’t stay there any longer. Wandering at 11 PM, he passed by along Kalaw Avenue and saw the Tourist Police sign outside the station.
“Tourist police… I’m a tourist, maybe they can tell me what to do,” David remembered uttering to himself.

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He later asked Police Sr. Inspector Jovan Sicat, chief of the station, if he can stay there for the night. Sicat allowed him to stay. He ate cheese macaroni with the police on that first night in the station.
The following morning, David told the police officers what really happened to him. He also related how he needs to raise Php 4,500 to pay the penalty for his return ticket.

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David found out that his family back in Switzerland is not willing to help him out of his situation after warning him not to go back to the Philippines. His ex-wife sent him 450 pesos and said that is all she can give.
Since then, David has been staying inside the station hoping to raise the money for the penalty so he can go home. The officers have been helping him for his daily needs, from food to medicine for his toothache and even his mobile phone load.

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David, in turn, tries to help with the daily chores in the station like sweeping the floor, cleaning the dishes and buying the policemen food from the nearby fast-food station.
To keep himself busy, he joins the bike patrol keeping watch in the Luneta area. In the evening, he sometimes accompanies the men on night duty stationed at the Harbour Square.

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David says he enjoys his stay at the police station because people are friendly and he feels very safe.
“I feel very good and comfortable here, actually almost enjoying my time here at the station. But I want to go because it can not be that I’m living here by people giving me 15 or 20 pesos, giving me ulam. That cannot be my life.”

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One day, a detainee at the station asked him to buy food for himself and gave him Php 100. David said to himself, “This is bad. Because the prisoner has more money than me. And the street beggar also. I’m the poorest of all.”

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When asked if he still wants to come back to Manila after he goes back to Switzerland, David promptly replied, “Yes! Because I have now many friends here in the tourist police station already.”
David wants to leave soon but he also wants to be back soon. He says he wants to go back to his country and work again until he saves enough money to return to the Philippines.
“Even though with bad experiences, I know that I want to live here. It took me ten years to find this kind of good friends like I found here. Nine years I found not one real. And now so many in a short time,” David said.

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Mike

If he is Swiss, than Switzerland cannot deport him.

Besides, he’s in the PHILIPPINES.

Duh!

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Mike

We are homeless Americans. 3 little kids and a pregnant wife. Homeless and hungry for 4 months. muffins2000@gmail.com

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Ely Dacuyan

he is now in zambales

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walter

(mr) david archetti has stohlen 30000 in my home with my computer vrom my bankaccont!
now he is e poor boy and gets help from police and church? what a mess

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tuckeralanryan

con man i think. i am an irish national homeless here in manillaif any one wants to hear my story contact me here or email me at tuckeralanella@yahoo.co.uk and yes i have been to my consulate

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Martin

The men is also wanted for questioning in his own country apparantly he is a con artist

http://www.skema.ch/kontakt/177Plus foto:http://www.skema.ch/downloads/Photos_DAVID2005.pdf

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Mike Reply:

How do you know that?

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Mike

How do you know that?

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Patriciabetita

What about bringing him to the Swiss Embassy?

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Mike Reply:

Why?

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Mike

Why?

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P D

The guy needs help… to get his act together and maybe a trip back to Switzerland for professional guidance.

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layce lee

ANG TABA NYA.  i want to know how he has managed to stay “HEALTHY”, PROMISE!
im super skinny, and im not a prisoner. ano bang kinakain nya? ang daya. 😛

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Senyorita

marami tayong kababayang naghihirap uunahin pa natin ang ibang lahi. mga pilipino nga naman talaga kakaibang mag-isip. sa palagay nyo yung ma naghihirap na pilipino sa ibang bansa ganyan din ang thinking nila towards poor filipinos sa ibang bansa? yun lang poe. good to know someone googled his name. at least now we know. [Reply]CVS Reply:September 4th, 2011 at 1:27 AMakala mo ba hindi ako/kami tumutulong sa pilipino? [Reply]Senyorita Reply:September 5th, 2011 at 3:40 AMMs CVS, I was referring to Filipinos’ mentality in general and should not be taken as an attack against you or the readers/commenters. I read some comments and reaction of the majority is… Read more »

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I think: 1) The guy contacted the Swiss Embassy, but the Embassy can only give them assistance in the form of a) waive the overstaying fee issued/given by the BI b) if there is a case filed against him through BI he should settle it first before leaving the country or else, he will be on the watch list.  2) It is not the Embassy’s task to provide him the necessary ticket for his return, it is usually being given by the relative of the returning national to their country. Since its been said that the Swiss National’s family will… Read more »

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cali_maki

for first world countries. especially in the case of Switzerland. I believe they are capable to pay for any overstaying fees etc., airline ticket etc to send their citizens back home. usually its an “IOU” system.  They will finance it first then when he gets to Switzerland he will have to pay all the expenses paid by the embassy.

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Mike

Nope.

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Abc123

What a very confusing article. “A sales agent by profession, David Archetti wanted to experience Manila after spending 6 years in Cebu with his ex-wife.” -this made me think he lived in Cebu for 6 years then decided to take a trip to Manila one day. Cebu to Manila ang itinerary..! “David found out that his family back in Switzerland is not willing to help him out of his situation after warning him not to go back to the Philippines.” -what?! Switzerland-Philippines pala!! ano ba yan..!! If his family won’t help him at all (really!!?!?!??), doesn’t he have friends back… Read more »

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bituing marikit

there must be  loopholes in his story…that the policemen being good samaritan to him is just being compassionate,but they must check and be certain that he is not a felon.Or have him checked for any psychiatric disorder.

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Mike

Loopholes?

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Mike

Why would he contact the Swiss Embassy?

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tubera10

hmmm, it’s either he’s not savvy enough (as noted in other comments, swiss embassy should be the first thing that comes to mind!) or he’s hiding something. Sorry to be so suspechosa, but I can’t help it.

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Guest

touching story. i hope he gets home soon.

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lover010178

Awww……. This is such a great story.

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Seth

hope we could help this guy it’s a chance for us locals to show our kindness…

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Gabriel Fabic

Wow. This is really touching. I hope he gets home soon. How can we help?

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KT@Mkti

This is very touching..just last weekend i saw an old american guy in buendia-paseo who looks like homeless..if im not in a moving car, i could have asked him to approach his country’s embassy for help.

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Mike Reply:

Embassies do not help their citizens. They only help Filipinos.

At least the US Embassy.

We are a family with a pregnant wife and 3 little children and have been begging on the streets for 4 months…

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Mike

Embassies do not help their citizens. They only help Filipinos.

At least the US Embassy.

We are a family with a pregnant wife and 3 little children and have been begging on the streets for 4 months…

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Thedownpayment

is this performance art?

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really?  something mells fishy.  is this for a tv show or some kind of online marketing thing?

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Movie material!

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Guest

i often see a homeless white old guy wandering around Buendia-Paseo-Makati Ave.  It baffles me how foreigners can be homeless here.

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Mike Reply:

How does it baffle you?

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Mike

How does it baffle you?

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hiddendragon

The previous comments are right.  He should have contacted the Swiss embassy. But the right thing to do is to investigate his case as well: what brought him to where he is right now.  any cases filed?   While i would like to give him the benefit of the doubt, there could be more to the story than meets the eye.  Now that this has been publicized, has the Swiss embassy taken the initiative to clear this up?  Credit to the local police for having the heart to care for the guy.  Lesson learned: always keep photocopies of your documents… Read more »

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Mike

Why does everyone keep saying to contact his Embassy?

Embassies do not help their citizens. They only help Filipinos.

At least the US Embassy.

We are a family with a pregnant wife and 3 little children and have been begging on the streets for 4 months…

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Jhojhocustodio

nakakaawa nman sya, at nakakalungkot kasi pinoy pa ang gumawa sa kanya ng kalokohan..tpos ung asawa nyang pinay pinabayaan nrin sya, kasi cguro wla ng pera si david..pero buti nlng may mababait pring mga tao na tumulong sa kanya, lalo na ung mga pulis..sna lhat ng pulis ganyan..marami din kasing pulis na mayayabang…kmzta na kya sya? nsan na kya sya ngyn?

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gus mako

I don’t understand why he hasn’t contacted the Swiss embassy. That should have been his first act to find a solution to his problem. That is a tiny amount of money for the Swiss embassy to fork out for its citizen.

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hftw Reply:

the swiss embassy was the first thing my husband mentioned as well! could there be more to the story?

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the swiss embassy was the first thing my husband mentioned as well! could there be more to the story?

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Rico Crespo

sad story but very inspiring to see how friendly these policemen are. is he still in the country? would love to give him $100. how can i help?

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trent mell Reply:

i think nasa tourist station pa rin sya

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david archetti Reply:

hello rico crespo, its me david archetti. u can contact me on my number 09174382334. i still seek for help

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trent mell

i think nasa tourist station pa rin sya

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david archetti

hello rico crespo, its me david archetti. u can contact me on my number 09174382334. i still seek for help

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Jhojhocustodio

nakakaawa nman sya, at nakakalungkot kasi pinoy pa ang gumawa sa kanya ng kalokohan..tpos ung asawa nyang pinay pinabayaan nrin sya, kasi cguro wla ng pera si david..pero buti nlng may mababait pring mga tao na tumulong sa kanya, lalo na ung mga pulis..sna lhat ng pulis ganyan..marami din kasing pulis na mayayabang…kmzta na kya sya? nsan na kya sya ngyn?

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ampod

I admire you more chuvaness….

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Devastating…. I feel sorry for the guy. There were times I wandered what I would do if I somehow lost my Norwegian passport in the Philippines and had no money. Who would have helped me? Poor guy. Of course he feels bad… 🙁 It sadens me that this can happen to a foreigner… I hope that someone could help him…

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bam

Hi chuvaness, I would love to donate/help even in a small way  but how?

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Mussolini

Can’t the Embassy of Switzerland help him?

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cali_maki

hrmm i am actually quite suspicious. why didn’t he call his embassy? consulates/embassies usually have a scheme for people who wants to return to their homeland and considering he is from switzerland, i’m quite positive that they can send him home immediately.  Its better to contact someone from the embassy of switzerland than to give him money I think.

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Guest

awwww…. kung madami lng akong pera… i’ll spread the news 🙂 BAKA makatulong …

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Guest

this is heartwarming and at the same time giving Manila police so many pogi points 

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Guest

 Oh wow…I really appreciate this kind of stories. I love your posts.

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Anna

I Googled his name and found this: http://www.skema.ch/kontakt/177

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Kimmy Reply:

maybe the swiss embassy can help or confirm this. i suggest whoever wants to help him to course any financial help through the embassy. they would know what to do to bring him back home.

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Kimmy

maybe the swiss embassy can help or confirm this. i suggest whoever wants to help him to course any financial help through the embassy. they would know what to do to bring him back home.

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Geloe101

Hi! Do you happen to know if he is still here? I’d like to help in a little way…. mind if  I share this on my facebook account?

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florence

I could not believe why the deacon did not show compassion to this guy first and foremost?

 I am happy to know, tough,  that despite the robbery he experienced in our country, he did not find any grudge or hatred towards us — in fact, it’s the other way around.

Just the same, I hope, he’d be able to raise that money and comeback home to Switzerland!

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Mishka Natalie

i pity the man but this proves one thing, Filipinos may have a bad side but definitely Filipinos will back ya up in times of trouble!:) i hope this man goes back to Switzerland with tons of stories to share.

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Guest

This is really touching.. Is he still here in the Philippines? 

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Guest

Aww…  This is so touching, and nakakaawa.. Glad to read good news involving police.. I know it is not really good news, but such a touching story of appreciating people and their deeds..

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Martin Reply:

http://www.skema.ch/kontakt/177

Plus foto:
http://www.skema.ch/downloads/Photos_DAVID2005.pdf

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Martin