Travel advisory against travelling to the Philippines

Philippines
November 3, 2010 5:41am CST
I already glimpsed this bit of news online last night but did not really put any attention to it. I am watching the evening news and have just learned the full news that the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia have given this advisory because of a possible terrorist attack. The terrorist attack specifies places where tourists or expats go, like malls and churches and has included Metro Manila. I find this a little weird. Its near Christmas and a lot of people travel so I think its a form of economic sabotage. Unless these five countries know something we don't know. What do you think about this new travel advisory against the Philippines?
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@AmbiePam (46152)
• United States
3 Nov 10
I hadn't heard it. I've been watching the news, and haven't seen this advisory. Right now, the big news in the United States is the election and the results of it. So I imagine not many people know about this advisory. At least in America. If someone from America wants to go to the Philippines, I don't think this advisory will change their minds. I really don't.
• Philippines
3 Nov 10
that's the choice of the Americans if they want to go to the Philippines or not. it's a travel advisory, it's not dictating not to go but just a reminder of the risk. yeah, i agree, most people there are more focus on the recent elections, so i don't think much who are thinking about this news.
• Philippines
4 Nov 10
hello anne! this advisory will definitely create an impact on the tourism industry of the Philippines and in the nation's economy in the whole considering that this time is peak season for tourist influx. Can't blame though for making their citizens be aware of any danger that might befall them should they still wish to visit the specified places mentioned in the travel advisory with the recent bus hijacking of HK nationals. Terrorist attacks however is a rare event in the Philippines compared to the countries issuing such travel advisory, which is quite ironic.
@RamJey (89)
• Singapore
4 Nov 10
It's definitely not economic sabotage. What economic sabotage can you do to a fledgling economy? These five countries definitely know something that we do not know. Thanks to their intelligence units. Most often they are right. I recall the Bali bombing in 2002. There was travel advisory against going Indonesia about 2 weeks before the blast took place. Yet people travelled and the bombings took place eventually.
@Bannybanzie (1398)
• Philippines
4 Nov 10
We had a friend who came to the Philippines about 4 to 5 years ago from North Carolina (part of US). She's a Pinoy. She said that the reason why her husband would not come here with her is because their country is warning their people about going to places like the Philippines telling them this place is not that safe. So this advisory is not at all a new ones. They have been telling their citizens the dangers of coming here even before. Maybe, they have just widened and make the warnings stronger. Well, there's nothing wrong with that. They just should not scare their citizens too much that their intention is no longer to protect their citizens from "harm" but actually to ban Philippines as a place to go. Philippines is a beautiful place, but just like other places in the world (like US and Europe and all other countries), there are dangers in coming to such places because there are "bad" guys everywhere.
• Philippines
4 Nov 10
I heard it somewhere but is it serious? I don't know why but it seems that Philippines' income generating industries are dying one-by-one. But I have a few word to those who placed a travel advisory to Philippines. You will miss half of your life. Philippines is a great country for vacations and even for investments!
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
4 Nov 10
It bothers me that five big countries have the same kind of intelligence at the same time. Maybe they know something that we don't, after all they are the favorite targets of terrorists. Unfortunately, the South is known as a training camp for Al-Qaeda. I don't think that this will affect us too much though, since we have always been in the list of countries to avoid, especially the US. Plus, we are not a favorite destination of these countries as most of them are security conscious. Most Americans are just plain scared of the traffic here, how much more terrorists threats?
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
4 Nov 10
You might heard the incident a few months ago, about several HK tourists were killed at Phillippines, and the incompetent local police forces won't do anything to stop this madness. So, what do you think of it? Do you feel safe if such precedent did happen. It is a terrorist attack, it is the choice of yours.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
4 Nov 10
anne25penn, No offense, but I am just not surprised with this travel advisory in view of the recent fatal bus hijacking which took place recently. And the botched rescue attempt is just sending the incompetence message. Just don't worry unduly as I am sure not all will follow this travel advisory to the note. Look at the arrivals and the airplanes flying into your country - people are still coming into your country.
• Philippines
3 Nov 10
well fine for them if they dont wanna come...and what are they going to do here anyways...were so populated here in phils already
@eileenleyva (9375)
• Philippines
3 Nov 10
Whoooa! I think the countries you mentioned are the most likely targets of terrorist attacks. They are just putting the advisory so that the terrorists will veer away from their countries, sort of make it look their nationals are here, and the terrorists will think of putting an attack here, instead of their countries. But our malls and hotels, resorts and beaches are full of Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, even Indians, and none of their countries are posting no travel advisory. It's a mind game.
@cheravs (620)
• Philippines
3 Nov 10
This advisory were i guess based on their military intelligence, so if they think terrorist were trying to make moves, so they can release such advisory. Oh well I don't it's an economic sabotage, this countries is our allied in some ways specially US. ;)