MANILA, Philippines – Australia, the land down-under, warned its people on Friday against traveling to the Philippines and the reason is ‘high risk of terror attacks including it’s nation’s capital city.
According to the Australia Government’s latest travel advisory, issued November 3, 2017, reads: “There is a high risk of terrorist attack in the Philippines including Manila. Exercise a high degree of caution and seek advice for the locations you intend to visit.”
It added, “Reconsider your travel to eastern Mindanao due to the very high levels of violent crime and the high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping.”
Australia also warned its citizens of the deterioration in security in Mindanao and narrated credible information after US warned in July 2017 of possible planned terrorists’ kidnappings in Palawan, Cebu, and Bohol provinces.
“There are ongoing clashes between government forces and militants in Marawi City, Mindanao. If you are in Marawi City, exercise heightened vigilance and review your personal security plans,” Australia added.
Even after Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte finally liberated Marawi City and declared the end of war in the area, Australia in its travel letter still convinced its people to remain vigilant if happened to be they’re in the area.
Recently, an Australian largest warship HMAS Adelaide docked in Manila port and the president himself toured the vessel thanking Australian Armed Forces for “showing solidarity” in his country’s fight against terrorists.
During his remarks on board the warship vessel, Duterte said the Philippines was “suffering from a severe case of terrorism”, but was very optimistic of an imminent victory.
“We’re coping … we also hope it will be finished in about one week,” he said, referring to the Marawi attack which lasted more than 140 days.