Philippines: US Embassy warns citizens of possible kidnappings in Central Visayas — “Civilized people don’t act this way.” — I remember Super Typhoon Haiyan in Central Visayas

Airport security personnel guard the vicinity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Manila. KRIZ JOHN ROSALES, file

MANILA, Philippines — The US Embassy in Manila has issued a travel advisory for the Central Visayas, citing “unsubstantiated yet credible” information of possible kidnapping threats.

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In a security message on its website, the US Embassy said it has received information that “terrorist groups may attempt to conduct kidnappings in Central Visayas, which includes both Cebu and Bohol provinces.”
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Central Visayas also includes Siquijor province.
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It said that US citizens should consider this when making travel plans “and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times.”
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The embassy reminded US citizens of a Worldwide Caution issued in March of “an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.”
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The Philippine National Police said last Friday that it has not monitored any credible threat against national security as the Philippines, where a majority identify as Catholic, prepares to observe Holy Week.
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“On the part of PNP, we have not received information pertaining to other persons connected with the two arrested foreign nationals,” PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos told reporters Friday.
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He was referring to Kuwaiti Husayn al-Dhafiri and his Syrian wife Rahaf Zina, who were arrested in March at a condominium in Taguig City.
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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, citing military intelligence reports, said Friday that al-Dhafiri as allegedly involved in explosives manufacturing and in planning a terror attack against his home country Kuwait.
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Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said al-Dhafiri is a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and is also known as Warsh al-Kuwaiti and Abu Muslim al-Kuwaiti.
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He said Zina is the widow of Abu Jandal Al-Kuwaiti, a high ranking ISIS commander who was killed during an airstrike in December last year.
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The US Embassy said “US citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines‎.”
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According to the Department of Tourism, the US is the second biggest source of tourists to the Philippines after Korea. Around 99,435 Americans visited the Philippines in January 2017.
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A family visits the grave of a loved one who perished during Typhoon Haiyan.  Dondi Tawatao / Getty Images

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I remember Super Typhoon Haiyan….

Typhoon haiyan: US steps in to ramp up relief effort

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Victims of Typhoon Haiyan board a U.S. Marines C-130 aircraft at Tacloban airport  Photo: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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A Filipino soldier speaks to typhoon victims waiting to board a U.S. military plane in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

A typhoon victim cries as she boards a Philippines C130 army cargo plane   as she and others are evacuated at Tacloban airport (AFP/Getty Images)

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Relief supplies and food arrives in the Philippines

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Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) load relief supplies in Tacloban, Philippines, onto an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 to be airlifted to local villages during Operation Damayan, Nov. 17, 2013. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group in coordination with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade is assisting the Philippine government in ongoing relief efforts in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

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U.S. Marines assist Filipinos displaced by Typhoon Haiyan as they depart a KC-130J

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USAID supplies arrive at Tacloban, Philippines, after Typhoon. Bredit Ritchie B. Tonga, EPA

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U.S. Marine Corps aircraft arrive at Villamor Airbase in Manila, Philippines, to deliver humanitarian supplies after Super Typhoon Haiyan

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A US marine distributes water to Palo residents affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (AFP-US NAVY-MC3 Jonah Z Stepanik)

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Filipinos eager for U.S. relief supplies.

 

 

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