MANILA - The United Kingdom has warned its citizens against sea travel in the Philippines, especially on ferries and passenger boats, following the Iloilo-Guimaras sea tragedy on Saturday.
In an advisory published Monday, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advisory, and warned against sea travel following the tragedy.
The FCO particularly warned against sea travel, particularly on ferries and passenger boats, if possible, during the rainy season in the Philippines, which usually falls between June to December.
"They are often overloaded, may lack necessary lifesaving equipment or be inadequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests. Storms can develop quickly and maritime rescue services in the Philippines may be limited," FCO said in its advisory.
Three boats capsized off the coast of Iloilo-Guimaras Strait in separate incidents Saturday.
The death toll has reached 31.
The motorized, wooden-hulled boats were carrying a total 96 passengers and crew when bad weather caused the vessels to overturn off the central island of Guimaras and Iloilo provinces.
Earlier this year, UK warned its citizens against travelling to parts of Mindanao and the south of Cebu, including the towns of Dalaguete and Badian "due to the threat of terrorism."
FCO cited the twin blasts at a Catholic church in Jolo town in Sulu, which resulted in the death of at least 20 individuals.