THE forthcoming May 9 national and local elections have prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom (UK) to issue a travel advisory to its nationals visiting the Philippines.
In its updated Foreign Travel Advisory (Philippines), the FCO reminded British nationals that the national elections in the country is already set to take place on May 9.
"You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities," said the FCO.
It noted how the campaign period has traditionally led to a spike in political violence.
In addition, the UK government said British nationals are enjoined against joining political rallies in the Philippines.
"The Philippine Bureau of Immigration has warned foreigners not to participate in political rallies. Any foreign nationals taking part in these events could be subject to arrest and/or deportation," said the FCO.
According to the UK FCO, there were around 154,000 British nationals, who visited the Philippines in 2015.
"Most visits are trouble-free," said the FCO. (HDT/Sunnex)