THE US Embassy in Manila yesterday reminded all American citizens residing in, or traveling to the Philippines about the State Department’s most recent Worldwide Caution saying there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.
“It is imperative that you enhance your personal sense of vigilance and remain alert and cognizant of your surroundings and of those around you. If you see something suspicious, you should report it immediately to the nearest law enforcement or security official,” the message said.
In an updated security message for US citizens: reminder of worldwide caution posted at the US Embassy website, the State Department cited its September 9, 2016 worldwide caution, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.
“The recent discovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) near the US Embassy in Manila serves as a timely reminder of the recurring threat that terrorism and political violence pose in the Philippines,” the security message said.
It said while fortunately no one was injured during this incident, it certainly underscores the importance of maintaining a strong sense of personal security.
On Nov. 28, Manila police detonated a suspected bomb found in a trash bin just a few meters from the US Embassy.
Two explosions were heard as a bomb disposal unit detonated what police described as a suspicious package believed to be an improvised explosive device.
“The US citizen community should remember that terrorists have proven time and again their preference for “soft targets,” or places that offer inherent vulnerabilities, ease of access, and the potential availability of a large number of unprotected people.”
Places like sporting events, hotels, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and shopping malls have all been targeted by terrorist organizations worldwide.
With this information, US citizens were reminded to elevate their level of security awareness.