U.S. Citizens are advised of the risk of terrorist activities in the Philippines. The Department of State renewed its travel advisory on the Philippines, replacing a travel warning issued on 2 November 2010. The advisory specified areas in Mindanao, particularly the Sulu Archipelago, Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat provinces as well as Cotabato City. The advisory also warned of sporadic clashes between the Philippine Armed Forces across much of Mindanao. It also warned that terrorist attacks could occur in Manila, particularly in public places such as airports, shopping malls, and conference centers.
The United States Embassy in Manila strongly recommended that all U.S. Citizens in the Philippines to enroll with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. U.S. Citizens can checkout the U.S. Embassy in Manila. The U.S. Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines. The local number is tel. 63-2-301-2000. According to the State Department website, “The American Citizens Services (ACS) section’s fax number is 63-2-301-2017, and you may reach the ACS Section by email at [email protected]. The ACS Section’s website includes consular information and the most recent messages to the U.S. citizen community in the Philippines.”
(Update) Reader lourdes pointed to an article that say, the Abu Sayyaf, an extremist group may have deployed bombers to Manila, the nation’s capital. The entry cited Philippine intelligence reports as reported by the Associated Press.
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