THE United States Embassy in Manila issued Sunday, April 9, a travel advisory, warning its citizens against possible kidnappings in Central Visayas, especially in Cebu and Bohol.
The Embassy cited "unsubstantiated yet credible information" about the presence of terrorist groups who "may attempt to conduct kidnappings" in the region.
It advised American citizens to be vigilant as they make their travel plans, and to review personal security plans.
Americans were also advised to avoid large crowds and gatherings.
"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 Embassy said.
"US citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines," the advisory stated. (VLA/SunStar Philippines)