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Palace: Travel advisories ‘not new’

Advisories by western nations only aim to secure citizens

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang took lightly the latest string of travel advisories issued by foreign countries against the Philippines over alleged terror and kidnapping threats.

Presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar said these travel advisories are “not new anymore” and merely aim to aim to ensure the safety of their citizens staying in the country.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar during press briefing held at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on July 4, 2016. They read the signed proclamation declaring July 6, Wednesday, a national holiday in observation of the Eid’l Fitr. (photo by Richard V. Viñas)

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar during press briefing held at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on July 4, 2016. (Photo by Richard V. Viñas)

“It’s like asking what time the sun sets or the sun rises,” Andanar said about the travel warnings by western nations.

“The embassies of America, Australia, Canada and United Kingdom are carrying out their duty to ensure the safety and protection of their citizens not only in the Philippines but in other countries too,” he added in Filipino.

Andanar said foreign embassies “hold this responsibility dearly as representatives of their nations and outside of their countries.” “And to us, madalas naman silang nagbibigay ng travel advisory. It’s something that is not new anymore,” he added.

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Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have called on their citizens to practice caution while in the Philippines due to possible terror threats in places frequented by tourists.

The United States earlier issued a travel advisory to its nationals in the country, saying they should stay away from southern Cebu due to reports of kidnapping threats.

Malacañang earlier said the police was validating the security threats but assured necessary steps have been taken to intensify safety precautions in the country.

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