Philippines Terrorism – Manila Warnings?
Muslim porn star Nadia Ali
Update – a few hours after this post there were shootings and explosions at Resorts World Casino Manila.
Original post – Terrorism in the Philippines doesn’t really worry me as I rarely go to the Mindanao region – an island in the South. The Philippines is over 7000 islands.
Just like in Thailand there’s no reason to go to the deep South (the Pattani area has Islamic separatists). Indonesia has seen bombings lately too, so it can happen in all three of my favorite SE Asia spots.
I’ve been to Davao which is on Mindanao, but as long as you stay within the city it’s ok. No need to go to Samal where Canadian tourists were kidnapped before, if I liked beaches I’d just go to Palawan or Boracay.
Maybe don’t go to Davao City at the moment with the news this week of ISIS taking over Marawi city (100 miles from Davao). Until that blows over. Personally I wouldn’t cancel a trip if I’d booked one.
- The ISIS-Linked Takeover of a Philippines City
- Marawi: ISIS rampage in Philippines continues with 19 civilians killed
Cebu City is safe if you ask travellers and locals there, even though Abu Sayyaf was recently in Bohol that has been sorted out. People are saying there’s no risk in the whole Visayas region.
And nothing is going on on the Luzon island (Manila and Angeles City) so far.
Manila Terrorism Warnings?
However there are some warnings being circulated about Manila.
This was an email from Red Cross Philippines:
The US embassy posted a general travel warning for Manila, more of a precaution:
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on full alert throughout metro Manila. A unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has been deployed to Quezon city to assist the PNP with security operations. The AFP will assist in implementing random checkpoints, security patrols, and police visibility operations. The PNP advises that this is a pre-cautionary measure in light of the declaration of Martial law in Mindanao and not related to any specified terror threat information directed towards metro Manila.
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. 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.
4 Muslim Women?
A few days ago a friend saw a chick in a Hijab taking pics of the Burgos Circle (in the Fort):
In the BGC
She ran away when she noticed him looking.
Overall Philippines terrorism doesn’t worry me, worse is happening in Europe.
I’m still going to go to malls and other public places to hand out numbers and take pics of… food.