Terrorist groups may attempt kidnapping in Central Visayas, which includes Cebu and Bohol, according to “unsubstantiated yet credible information,” the US Embassy in the Philippines said in a travel advisory posted on its website.
“US citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as you make your travel plans, and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times,” the advisory said.
“The US Embassy wishes to remind US citizens of the most recent Worldwide Caution, dated March 7, 2017, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.”
“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.”
“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.”
For more information, the advisory asked US citizens to contact the US Embassy at +632 301 2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and +632 301 2000 as after-hours emergency number.