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Travel Advisory ng Canada

Be alert to the danger of kidnapping in the Philippines. Although government action has reduced the frequency of kidnappings, kidnap-for-ransom remains a threat. Kidnappings have occurred throughout the country, including in Manila and several resort areas, and deaths have resulted in some cases. Be cautious when travelling to and around coastal areas and island resorts.

Petty crime and violent crime, sometimes involving guns, are a serious concern, especially in urban areas. Avoid showing signs of affluence or carrying large sums of money, and keep valuables in safekeeping facilities. Criminal gangs are active in Manila, including the Makati central business district, and have drugged and robbed unsuspecting tourists. Visitors should not accept offers of food, drink, or transportation from strangers and should not leave food or drinks unattended, particularly in bars. Bystanders have been hit by stray gunfire during armed robberies and subsequent pursuit of the perpetrators by authorities. Avoid disturbances, rallies, and demonstrations. Violent incidents may increase around election periods.

Basahin lahat dito: Canada Travel Advisory

Comment: Dapat yatang gumawa na rin ang DoT ng travel advisory to the Philippines for Filipinos.

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Travel Advisory ng United Kingdom

There is a high incidence of violent crime, including gun crime British nationals have been recent victims, but there is no evidence that they are specifically targeted.

Criminal gangs sometimes use terrorist tactics, such as kidnapping and explosions. Explosions attributed to criminal organisations have caused fatalities.

There is a high incidence of street crime and robberies . Sensible precautions include: arranging to be met at the airport or using hotel transfer services; using a driver or taxis from a reputable source and avoiding displays of cash or jewellery. You should beware of strangers offering drinks or confectionery; criminals intent on robbery may lace these to render the victim unconscious.

You should be particularly vigilant when travelling on public transport. Armed hold-ups have occurred on jeepneys and buses in the Philippines, and have in some cases resulted in fatalities. The roadworthiness of some of these vehicles is also a concern.

On 23 August 2010, an armed man hijacked a tourist bus in Manila. During the incident eight hostages were killed.

Basahin lahat dito: UK Travel Advisory

Comment: Hmm, okay din na travel advisory ito para sa ating mga Pilipino ah.

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Travel Advisory ng Australia

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Violent crime is a significant problem in the Philippines. Criminal gangs that drug and rob or assault unsuspecting tourists are active in Manila, including the Makati central business district, and in provincial resort towns.

Random acts of violence occur frequently in the Philippines. In September 2010, a grenade was thrown into a large gathering of university students in Manila, seriously injuring a number of people. Other grenade attacks, the result of domestic grievances, have occurred in parts of Metro Manila frequented by foreigners.

As in many other big cities, street crime is of concern particularly in crowded shopping malls and other public places. Pickpocketing, bag snatching and a range of scams, including those involving credit cards and automated teller machines, are common.

Gun ownership is widespread and poorly regulated, contributing to a higher incidence of violent crime. Gunfights between police and criminals are common, including in parts of Manila frequented by foreigners. These incidents often result in multiple deaths and injuries, sometimes including innocent bystanders. If you witness a confrontation between police and criminals, you should leave the area immediately.

Basahin lahat dito: Australia Travel Advisory  (hanapin sa “Safety and Security” tab ng web page)

Comment: “Gunfights between police and criminals are common” daw. Bagama’t may mga instances nga nito tayong nababalitaan, karaniwang bahagi na ba ito ng araw-araw nating buhay para matawag na “common”?

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Travel Advisory ng New Zealand

There is high risk to your security in the other provinces of Mindanao, and we advise against all non-essential travel to those areas due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and violent clashes between the military/police and terrorist and rebel groups.

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in the Philippines, including in Manila, due to the threat from terrorism and risk of kidnapping. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks including in places frequented by foreigners such as large shopping malls and convention centres. New Zealanders are strongly advised to exercise a high degree of caution and pay close attention to personal security at all times when travelling anywhere in the Philippines.

Terrorist attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in the Philippines. In March 2011 at least five people were killed when a bomb exploded outside a school in Jolo City, Sulu. In January 2011 an explosion on a passenger bus in Makati City, Manila, killed five people and injured 13 others. While no link to any particular terrorist group has been confirmed, the possibility of such a link has not been ruled out. In August 2010 a bomb exploded at Zamboanga City airport, killing two people and injuring a number of others, including one foreigner.

There is a risk of kidnapping throughout the Philippines. Kidnap-for-ransom gangs target foreigners as well as Filipinos, including in Manila and coastal resort areas.

Crime continues to be a serious concern, especially in Manila. Criminal gangs are active in Manila, including in the Makati central business district, and have drugged and robbed unsuspecting tourists.

Basahin lahat dito: New Zealand Travel Advisory

Comment: Meron daw “risk of kidnapping throughout the Philippines”. Kahit kaya sa Babuyan Islands eh maaaring ma-kidnap ang mga foreigners?

Travel Advisory ng United States

Crime is a significant concern in urban areas of the Philippines. Though U.S. citizens are not typically targeted for kidnapping, kidnappings and violent assaults do occur in Metro Manila and elsewhere. U.S. citizens should remain aware of their surroundings and exercise good judgment. Reports of confidence games, pick pocketing, internet scams, and credit/ATM card fraud are common. U.S. citizens should be wary of unknown individuals who attempt to befriend them, especially just after arrival in the country. It is best not to accept food, drink, or rides in private vehicles from strangers, even if they appear legitimate.

Taxis are the recommended form of public transportation. However, the following safeguards are important:  do not enter a taxi if it has already accepted another passenger and request that the meter be used. If the driver is unwilling to comply with your requests, please wait for another cab. It is also a good idea to make a mental note of the license plate number should there be a problem. When driving in the city, make certain that the doors are locked and the windows rolled up. All other forms of public transportation, such as the light rail system, buses, and “jeepneys” should be avoided for both safety and security reasons.

Basahin lahat dito: USA Travel Advisory

Comment: Binanggit dito na isang “common” daw na bagay ang credit/ATM fraud. Nabalitaan ko na ang ganito sa mga Chinese pero wala pa akong nabalitaang ganito na ginawa ng isang Pilipino. Gaano kaya ka-“common” ang bagay na ito?

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Travel Advisory

Sa mga susunod kong blog posts ay magka-copy and paste lang ako ng travel advisoy mula sa iba’t ibang bansa. Mga portion ng travel advisory ng ilang bansa tungkol sa Pilipinas ang ipo-post ko.

Ilang beses na nag-appeal ang ating pamahalaan sa mga bansang ito na bawas-bawasan ang pananakot sa kanilang mga mamamayan tungkol sa pagbisita sa Pilipinas.

Sa kasamaang palad, nanindigan ang mga bansa sa kanilang travel advisory. Sa tingin ko ay hindi nila papalitan o rerepasuhin ang kanilang travel advisory hangga’t hindi sila nakakakita ng malawak na pagbabago sa kalagayang pang-seguridad ng ating bansa.

Maaaring hindi totoo sa kaliit-liitang detalye ang lahat ng mga nakasulat sa travel advisory nila pero makikita natin na ang katotohanan ay hindi maganda ang perception ng mga bansang ito sa seguridad at kaligtasan ng ating bansa.

Maraming bahagi ng kanilang travel advisory ay may basehan. Kung kaya’t nararapat lang na abisuhan nila ang kanilang mga mamamayan sa pinaka-masamang bagay na maaaring mangyari.

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