- US Embassy said it received “credible information” on terrorists’ kidnapping ops
- It said they may be planning to abduct foreigners in Palawan’s capital and tourist sites
- It advised citizens to exercise caution and to tighten their security
MANILA, Philippines – The U.S. Embassy has cautioned American citizens and other foreign nationals staying or planning to go to Palawan to be extra-cautious after it claimed to have received “credible information” about a possible kidnapping spree by terrorist groups in the province’s capital and famous tourist sites.
“The U.S. Embassy has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan Province, Philippines, to include Puerto Princesa City, and the areas surrounding Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park,” read the advisory. “U.S. 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 also reminded Americans to be careful when traveling and residing in the Philippines due to the recent spate of attacks targeting U.S citizens.
“The U.S. Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens of the most recent Worldwide Caution, dated March 6, 2017, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines,” it said. “U.S. 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 warning comes following the incursion by the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group into Bohol last month to conduct abductions. Security forces managed to foil the attempt and kill 11 bandits, including ringleaders Maumar Askali and Joselito Melloria.
Two days prior to their appearance in Bohol, the U.S Embassy had also issued a travel warning to its nationals.
U.S. Embassy in the Philippines