Guess what? Your friend isn't really in trouble in Manila City, Philippines!
Don't send money...
Do let them know you got a phony, phish, phishing, spammy, spam e-mail from them and ask them to kindly change their passwords. Also, nicely recommend that they scan their computers for Spyware, Malware, and Viruses.
Phony email text;
I Hope you get this on time, I made a trip to Manila City( Philippines)
and had my bag stolen from me with my passport and personal effects therein.
The embassy has just issued me a temporary passport but I have to pay for a
ticket and settle my hotel bills with the Manager.
I have made contact with my bank but it would take me 3-5 working days to
access funds in my account, the bad news is my flight will be leaving very soon
but i am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't
let me leave until i settle the bills, I need your help/LOAN financially and I
promise to make the refund once i get back home, you are my last resort and
hope, Please let me know if i can count on you and i need you to keep checking
your email because it's the only way i can reach you.