AFP says it respects latest US travel warning on PHL PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 May 2013 11:33

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Wednesday said it respects the latest US travel warning on the country.

“We respect the US Embassy’s issuance of travel advisories to its people who intend to visit the Philippines particularly to the island of Mindanao,” AFP public affairs office chief Maj. Ramon Zagala said.

He added it is appropriate for any country to protect and at all times consider the safety and well-being of its people at home or abroad.

“With or without this travel warning, the AFP will continue to be firm in our commitment to protect Filipinos and foreign citizens visiting our country,” Zagala stated.

“We are vigilant and will continue to monitor the security situation in the country, particularly in Mindanao. Our intelligence gathering and network sharing with other law-enforcement agencies, particularly the PNP, are in place to prevent any untoward incidents that may threaten the peace and stability of our country,” he added.

Earlier, the US Embassy in Manila announced that “a credible threat of a terrorist kidnapping- for-ransom plot against foreigners has been identified in the Zamboanga area on the island of Mindanao.”

In view of this, all American citizens residing in or planning to travel to the Zamboanga area were told “to re-evaluate their personal safety situation and consider postponing travel to this area at this time.”

US government personnel already in Zamboanga were likewise directed to relocate to a secure area, while US government employees planning to travel to Zamboanga were also directed “to defer their travel at this time”.

The emergency message was due to expire June 12.