UK, Canada advise nationals in PHL vs joining protests-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
THE United Kingdom and Canadian governments this week advised their respective nationals against joining public protests and political rallies.
Both countries' updates to their travel advice came a day before a rally against the pork barrel system, and amid the election period for the Oct. 28 barangay elections.
On Friday afternoon, representatives of different groups will hold a protest march against the pork barrel system in Makati City.
In its update, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration had warned foreign tourist visa holders against joining rallies and mass actions.
"Foreign nationals who participate in these activities may be detained and deported for violating Philippine immigration laws," it said.
Canada issued a similar reminder to its nationals in the Philippines, saying an election period has started for the barangay elections on Oct. 28.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared that the election period had started on September 28, a month before the barangay polls.
But Canada also reminded its nationals the Philippines is imposing a ban on "bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons" until November 12.
"Expect a noticeable increase in checkpoints run by the Philippines National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines," it added.
It added a liquor ban will be in effect October 27 and 28. (JK/Sunnex)