Malacañang to ’express displeasure’ and ask US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to reconsider travel warnings against PH
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President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said the government will "express displeasure" over the travel advisories warning against possible terrorist attacks in the Philippines, which were issued by the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. According to Inquirer.net, Aquino said it is a "normal course of action" to ask the five countries to reconsider the travel warnings, which he "believes (has) no adequate basis."
Aquino said the advisories were likely based on "raw" data, reports GMANews.tv. He said the intelligence reports, which claim security officials and two ambassadors are targets, are "not consistent with what terror groups normally do, which is to inflict massive harm on a number of random people."
"I’m told that (the travel advisories) was not officially transmitted to us. There are several countries that discussed it among themselves. A lot of these people are our allies; I think we should have been informed," GMANews.tv report. "I think (the threat) has been blown out of proportion primarily because it seems so official. But at the end of the day, it’s really being extremely cautionary on the part of the embassies that have issued these advisories."