I have a query.
A Filipino trader is engaged in on-line selling of tangible product (not service). He gets payment via Western Union or PayPal. The Filipino trader was doing very, very well in the initial years, even had high commendations from foreign customers. But recently the Filipino trader got into an investment failure, leaving the Filipino trader in no capacity (now) to fulfill the pending commitments. The Filipino trader has no recourse but to disappear from the online community and be off-the-grid.
All transactions were based on trust & confidence. There are no signed contracts, no invoices, no receipts. The transaction is triggered only by an order from a foreign customer through casual e-mail.
ALL customers are overseas.
The Filipino trader's business is unregistered. It's just like a "sell-anything-on-line for free" thing.
The Filipino trader's real name and address is known.
1. As the foreign buyer, will I have the chance to chase the trader realistically, in consideration with the existing Philippine laws governing the Filipino trader? Considering there are no contracts at all, is there even a basis to raise claims in the first place?
2. Will the local police help out in the claims? Is there a monetary value requirement for the law enforcers to even lift a finger? For example, the total amount of undelivered goods does not even exceed US$4000? Will the PNP even bother?
3. Depending on the answers to the above questions, is it safe to say that the foreign buyer/s, legally under Philippine laws (or its limitations), has no way of chasing the Filipino trader and can just consider it a loss?
I know the situation and insinuation expressed by the Filipino trader is a bit bad, but I do hope to get answers without prejudices, without personal emotions involved.
I would really appreciate honest responses on this matter.