THE United States Embassy in Manila yesterday alerted American citizens in the country about plans of terrorist groups to conduct kidnappings in areas frequented by foreigners in the southern portion of Cebu island.
In a security message for US citizens posted at the US Embassy website dated November 3, the Embassy warned its citizens not to go to areas specifically around Dalaguete and Santander (to include Sumilon Island).
“US citizens should avoid travel to these areas and are reminded to review personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates,” thetravel alert said.
“Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” the security message added.
The Embassy also reminded all US citizens of the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against United States 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, it said.
“Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, and popular restaurants have also been targets.”
The Embassy reminded US citizens of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines.