US Embassy: Terror groups may conduct kidnappings in Palawan

THE United States Embassy in the Philippines issued Tuesday, May 9, a travel advisory for Palawan province, saying terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnappings there.

It said it received "credible information" about it, adding that the terrorist groups may target foreign nationals in Palawan, including Puerto Princesa City and other areas surrounding the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

"US citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as they make their travel plans and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times," the Embassy said.

It also reminded the American citizens of the "most recent Worldwide Caution, dated March 6, 2017, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US 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," it said.

It advised US citizens to be mindful of the importance of "taking preventative measures" to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the country. (SunStar Philippines)
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