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    Jaime Costa
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  1. I think they should allocate resources from the checkpoints (where nobody speeds) to patrol. It would cut into their towing revenue however.
  2. Mexico is one of the five countries who's flag flies over North America. Custom and usage and context defines the term american, and norteamericano. Being called a "Norteamericano" here is ambiguos in definition but not in usage. People are also conflating the geographical and political "american". Kind of silly to even discuss this and also is how many continents are there. Hint: the count is different between Latin America and English speaking North America.
  3. Do Canadians believe they are true Americans, using the same logic? Does this also apply to people from St. Pierre and Miquelon too?
  4. My EDTA has been held up over 6 wks now. No prescription needed. WTF. Multiple visits to MBE to get this processed. I am making an attempt to get healthier and they are throwing up BS roadblocks.
  5. I think the people may be better served by pulling the transitos off document checking duty and have them actually patrol for dangerous yellow cars. Although document checking is easier and pays better
  6. Spent a month recently in Medellin. The lights never even flickered. Makes you wonder. (BTW it was rainy season with lightning and thunder). This part of the infrastructure is private in Chiriqui. Makes my wonder why such crappy service.
  7. Same here, waiting on MBE to call me when my "crema" is ready to pick up after several weeks. Item bought on amazon with all proper docs. This is really crap, i still don't know what I can buy or not now.
  8. This will be my last response. I don't want to get into any further dialog. The ladrone used one of the large rocks to hammer in a window frame partially to attempt entry. That was the first sound I heard waking me up. There was a home invasion with a shooting up the hill from me in cerro verde, its in the press. 3 of the 10 houses on my block have been burgled lately. What if any statistics are there?? I think a bit of empathy is needed here.
  9. I agree Bonnie, I don't know how it ended up here.
  10. Please be careful! It was attempted. About 3 weeks ago. 20 minute barrage of fist sized rocks breaking many windows. The criminals know there is bad police response and take advantage of it. Why are the police resources used for checking documents at the Caldera and not patrolling Boquete where the violent crime is taking place? The crime in my neighborhood has actually gone up after the checkpoint.
  11. Moderator comment: several of the replies in this topic were split out from a separate topic at http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/5259-be-legal-in-panama/ The reason for doing this rearrangement is that the original topic was about enforcement of a new Executive Decree from December 2016, and its implications for those living semi-permanently as "border hoppers" using a loophole in the law. Part of the conversation morphed into a discussion about the use of police officers at the Caldera intersection police inspection point, and an attempted home invasion. Although related to some degree, this topic is really about a safety/security issue. The below quoted postings are the junction point where the conversation started to diverge. Note that some CL members highlighted this diversion, and recommended a restructuring of the postings, which has now been done. We are always stopped at the Check Point between Boquete and David. Officers are friendly and only sometimes ask to see our cedulas. We usually offer bottled water....especially on hot days. Above is the history and background. Below is where this newly created topic now begins. I wish those officers were reassigned to Boquete. I had a home invasion attempt and it took 25 minutes to get to my house. The boquete police station is 5 minutes from my house.
  12. I know this doesn't help much, but my past experience is not all border checkpoints are administered the same, as are the migracion offices. I have crossed 5 different ones! Also the law, which I have read isn't followed to the letter. So good luck. I am going to MDE soon, but staying longer. Interested to know what you find out.
  13. What is interesting is one of the people in the article experienced a home invasion where they were smacked in the head with a hammer! I got this info first hand from said person. It was over 6 years ago and not robbery related. Maybe they can be more forthcoming and provide the details. My conversation with this person was in person and over several minutes.