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Australia issued a Travel Advice for Philippines

A group of rebel Philippine military officers seized an apartment and shopping complex in the Makati district of central…

A group of rebel Philippine military officers seized an apartment and shopping complex in the Makati district of central Manila early on Sunday 27 July. Manila is on a heightened state of security alert as a result of this situation. Manila international airport continues to operate with heightened security. Australians in or planning to travel to the Philippines should avoid the Makati district of Manila, exercise particular caution throughout Manila, monitor local media reporting of developments and follow the instructions of local security authorities.

Australians in the Philippines should exercise extreme caution, particularly in commercial and public areas known to be frequented by foreigners. Threats against Australians and Australian interests in the Philippines are high, and we continue to receive reports that terrorist elements in the region are planning attacks. Given these risks and generally heightened security concerns, Australians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times and monitor developments that might affect their safety, including at coastal resort areas.

Further bomb explosions are possible across the country, including in Manila. The Philippine authorities are committed to strengthening security in Metro Manila and other areas considered at high risk, including airports and seaports. Australians travelling in or to the Philippines need to be aware of the ongoing high risks. Australians should also be alert to the dangers of kidnapping throughout the Philippines, including in Manila and travelling to and around coastal and island tourist resorts.

Australians are also advised to defer non-essential travel to Mindanao and against all travel to the Sulu Archipelago.

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