US reminds citizens of terror threat in PH as authorities go on full alert

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2017 10:54 AM

MANILA - The United States of America has reminded its citizens to take precautionary measures while in the Philippines, following attacks by rebel group Maute in Marawi City.

"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," as stated in an advisory dated May 28.

The warning came as police in Metro Manila were placed on full alert status in line with the martial law declared in Mindanao following clashes between government troops and terrorists Abu Sayyaf and Maute Group.

The Embassy reminded American citizens of the recent Worldwide Caution, which said "there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines."

US also told its citizens that extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems–including airlines, and other public venues like crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, and popular restaurants.

The Embassy said a unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was already deployed to Quezon City to assist the PNP in implementing random checkpoints, security patrols, and police visibility operations.