Some Western nations have warned their citizens about travelling to the Philippines amid reported threats of terrorism and kidnappings.
Below is a list of countries that issued travel advisories on the Philippines.
A US travel advisory cited "unsubstantiated yet credible information" of threats of kidnapping of its nationals in central Visayas.
The warning also noted a "high threat from terrorism throughout the country," and advised against travel to western Mindanao and Sulu province.
The advisory was announced two days before military clashed with the Abu Sayyaf in Inabanga, Bohol, where terror leader Abu Rami was killed.
The United Kingdom urged its citizens to be "especially vigilant" in traveling through Central Visayas, citing the United States' warning of terror activity in the region.
Canada, citing "serious threats" of kidnapping and terror attacks, advised against all travel to Mindanao, excluding Davao City.
Citing "very high risk," the Australian government advised its people not to go to Central and Western Mindanao, including the Zamboanga peninsula, the Sulu archipelago and southern Sulu Sea.
In its travel advisory, the French Embassy in Manila cited “credible reports of threats of kidnapping by terrorist groups in the Central Visayas, particularly in Cebu and Bohol.”
The New Zealand government, on the other hand, told its citizens of an “extreme risk” to their security in Central and Western Mindanao, including the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Government forces clashed Tuesday with suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Bohol, a popular tourist destination in central Visayas.
Abu Sayyaf, a local terror group known for kidnapping foreigners in Mindanao, lost 6 members in the gun battle, including a unit leader. Four government forces were killed.