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Americans urged to avoid Southern Cebu

The United States government warned its citizens against traveling to Southern Cebu, saying that there are terrorist groups who are planning to carry out kidnappings in the island areas frequented by the foreign tourists.

In a travel advisory, the US embassy alerted its nationals that the risk of being kidnapped in the southern portion of Cebu Island is high, specifically in the areas around Dalaguete, Santander and 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. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” it said.

It reminded all the US citizens that there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against United States citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines, citing the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016.

“Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems – including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, and popular restaurants have also been targets. The Embassy reminds US citizens of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines‎,” the embassy said. (C.M. Luci)