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State Department reissues terrorism travel warning for Philippines

By Star-Advertiser news services

LAST UPDATED: 02:58 p.m. HST, Jan 07, 2012

The U.S. warned its citizens of the risk of “terrorist activity” in the Philippines, saying attacks could occur in any area of the country, including Manila.

The U.S. embassy in Manila issued the updated travel warning in a statement posted on its website today.

"While most of the recent incidents of terror have occurred on the island of Mindanao and in the Sulu Archipelago, U.S. Citizens are reminded that terrorist attacks could be indiscriminate and could occur in any area of the country including Manila,” the statement said, reiterating a travel warning issued in June. “Public gathering places may be targeted, including (but not limited to) airports, shopping malls, conference centers and other public venues.”

The warning comes as the Philippines introduced a new "It's more fun in the Philippines" campaign that highlighting the ebullient nature of Filipinos in an effort to increase tourism.

“What differentiates the Philippines from other offerings is the Filipino,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez

The campaign introduced through social media and other outlets Friday aims to draw 4.2 million tourists this year and 10 million by 2016 from only 3.7 million last year.

The Philippines boasts of beautiful beaches and diving, English-speaking people and cheap shopping. But it lacks infrastructure. Visitors are also deterred by communist and Muslim insurgencies and bombings and kidnappings by al-Qaida-linked extremists in the south.

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Manapua_Man wrote:
What's scary is my friend told me if you are in trouble, the police there expect money from you if you want their help. Otherwise, they pretend they don't see anything.
on January 7,2012 | 02:22PM
Robynne wrote:
What you might heard from your friend is not all true that is the old belief they takes care visitors better that their own citizens
on January 7,2012 | 09:45PM
Vivgie wrote:
I concur. The P.I. SUCKS in every way. We should have class excursions to that failure of a country that no nation should become like. Even the PFBI is corrupt. They wanted a "reward" for helping me get back the money the crooked money changer sneakily stole from me when her assistant distracted me saying he had a nice Hawaiian shirt like mine. I asked the two suited boys, "Isn't this supposed to be your job?" Also stay out of taxis where the inside door knob is missing or the windows don't work. Sit in the front next to those untrustworthy Indios. Don't ride in those tricycles covered with impossible to see thru plastic rain covers. Believe me, the best part of this ungodly place is leaving on a beautiful jet, and I'll bet you a bowl of saimin unspiked with that date rape drug a lot of Filipinos will agree.
on January 8,2012 | 07:41AM
entrkn wrote:
The Philippines were safer before WW II... there is no excuse for this.
on January 7,2012 | 08:30PM
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