Americans warned about risk of kidnapping in southern Cebu

Americans warned: Avoid traveling to southern Cebu

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Americans warned: Avoid traveling to southern Cebu

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Screenshot of the travel warning posted on the US Embassy in the Philippines website

THE United States Embassy has warned American citizens against traveling to areas frequented by foreigners in southern Cebu, specifically around Dalaguete and Santander, including Sumilon Island.

In an advisory posted on the US Embassy in the Philippines' website, the embassy said terrorist groups are planning to conduct kidnappings in those areas in Cebu.

"US citizens should avoid travel to these areas and are reminded to review personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security," it said.

It also reminded the US citizens of the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016, "which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against United States citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines."

"Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems – including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, and popular restaurants have also been targets," the advisory stated.

Americans were also reminded about the importance of taking preventative measures "to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines."

In the advisory, US citizens were encouraged to contact the US Embassy in Manila at +(63) (2) 301-2000 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.

They may also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) from Monday through Friday (except US federal holidays). (LMY/Sunnex)

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