Australia renews "terror warning" vs. PH, lists dangerous places

GMA News Online reports that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in its latest travel advisory, said Australians should exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines "because of the high threat of terrorist attack and the high level of serious crime."

GMA News Online reports that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in its latest travel advisory, said Australians should exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines "because of the high threat of terrorist attack and the high level of serious crime."

 

The advisory emphasized: "Terrorist attacks could occur at anytime, anywhere in the Philippines, including in Manila. We continue to receive credible reports indicating terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets in a variety of locations, including places frequented by foreigners."

The advisory also enumerated the places deemed to be terrorist targets:

  • shopping malls (including mega malls)
  • markets
  • embassies
  • expatriate housing complexes
  • hostels
  • guest houses
  • clubs, hotels, restaurants
  • fast food outlets
  • bars, pubs
  • cinemas
  • convention centers
  • places of worship
  • public transport including buses and bus terminals, ferries and trains
  • schools
  • tourist areas
  • festivals
  • outdoor recreation, and
  • major sporting events


The Australian government agency also cited as potential terrorist targets infrastructure associated with the Philippine governmen:

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  • airports
  • airfields
  • sea ports
  • railways
  • roads
  • military facilities
  • oil depots
  • power facilities
  • telecommunications facilities
  • public buildings

 

Australia likewise told its nationals to reconsider travel to eastern Mindanao (including Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur) due to "very high levels of violent crime."

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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