The United States Embassy in Manila has issued a warning to their citizens who are planning to go to Palawan and other nearby areas.
In their travel advisory, the US Embassy said they received credible information that terrorist groups were planning on conducting kidnapping operations in the province including popular tourist spots like Puerto Princesa City and the Subterranean River National Park.
“U.S citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as they make their travel plans and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times,” the statement read.
The US embassy also reminded their citizens of an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against them following a Worldwide Caution issued in March.
“Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems–including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather… U.S. citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines,” it added.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command, for its part, maintained that Palawan is currently a safe destination for both locals and foreigners.
The AFP branch, which has jurisdiction over the Palawan Island, also reassured the public that they were on top of the situation.
The travel advisory comes after the AFP launched an ongoing offensive against the notorious Abu Sayyaf group known for their kidnapping activities in Southern Philippines.