MANILA - The United Kingdom has issued a warning to its citizens against travelling to the Philippines due to threats of violence.
In its latest advisory, the UK noted that national elections in the Philippines will be held on May 9, 2016, and the campaign period has traditionally led to a spike in political violence.
"You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities. The Philippine Bureau of Immigration has warned foreigners not to participate in political rallies. Any foreign nationals taking part in these events could be subject to arrest and/or deportation," it said.
It also warned against travelling to southwest Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of ongoing terrorist activities and clashes between the military and insurgent groups.
"There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping," it said, adding that lawless groups "have the capability to target locations frequented by tourists in southern Palawan, southern Negros and Siquijor."
The UK, meanwhile, also advised its citizens to take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, noting there have been elevated levels of dengue cases in the Philippines this year.
It also noted that around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year, most of which occur from June to December.
"There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders," it said.