U.S., U.K. warn vs kidnapping threat in Palawan

Paterno Esmaquel II
U.S., U.K. warn vs kidnapping threat in Palawan
The United States cites information from the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines 'on probable kidnapping' in Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – The United States and the United Kingdom warned their nationals against the threat of kidnapping in Palawan based on information from local authorities.

The US embassy posted the following on its website on Tuesday, August 14: 

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2018

Location: Palawan 

Event:  The Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines posted the following information on their official Facebook page: “Western Command remains on heightened alert and continues to tighten its security posture in Palawan against all forms of threats, amidst circulating information on probable kidnapping in the Province.”

Actions to Take:

  • Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings
  • Review your personal security plans
  • Monitor local media for updates

Assistance: 

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines
+63 (2) 301-2000
ACSInfoManila@state.gov
ph.usembassy.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

In its own updated travel advisory, the British embassy said on Monday, August 13:

Summary

Still current at: 14 August 2018
Updated: 13 August 2018
Latest update: Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – addition of information; the local authorities in Palawan have recently warned the public of a heightened risk from kidnapping; if in the area, you should follow the advice of local security and remain vigilant at all times

Countries routinely issue travel warnings based on intelligence or in reaction to local developments. One of the times countries issued travel warnings in recent memory was in June 2017, after the shooting incident at Resorts World Manila that left at least 54 people injured and the gunman dead. – Rappler.com

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.