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Author: Stephen Bentley

Stephen Bentley is a former police Detective Sergeant and barrister (trial attorney) from the UK. He is now a freelance writer and HuffPost UK contributor on undercover policing.
His memoir 'Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story' is a frank account of his undercover detective experiences during Operation Julie - an elite group of detectives who successfully investigated one of the world's largest drugs rings.
Stephen also writes fiction including the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series.
When he isn't writing, Stephen follows the (mis)fortunes of Liverpool Football Club from afar and relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family where he now lives.

BI allows overstaying foreigners to extend stay in PH

The news that the BI allows overstaying foreigners to extend stay in PH will come as welcome news and a relief to some. With the effect of Covid, it’s a sensible move. I personally know of at least two foreigners who are happy at this news for different reasons. One got married recently here in the Phils and intends to apply for his 13A visa, but of course that takes time and his three years on a tourist visa expires in October 2021. He was telling me, before he heard this news, that the cost of flights out of the country (if you can find one) are exorbitant right now owing to the travel restrictions. You can read the full article in the online Inquirer…

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Four Year Review of Life in the Philippines

It’s exactly four years to the day I arrived in the Philippines so I guess now is as good as time as any to post my four review of life in the Philippines.

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