Palace assures foreign nations: 'No increased terror threat in PH'

Palace assures foreign nations: 'No increased terror threat in PH'”

"We understand the concern of the Australian government cautioning its citizens on the Philippines safety or security risks", he added.

Australia also alerted its citizens to avoid going to Mindanao because of "very high treat" of kidnapping, terrorist attack, violent crime and violent clashes between armed groups. "Before traveling to rural areas, you should research the area thoroughly".

"This should not be a cause for undue alarm since issuing regular travel advisories to citizens is commonly practiced by many countries, including Australia, especially in light of the spate of violent incidents that have been happening all over the world in recent times", DND Public Affairs Service Director Arsenio Andolong said in a separate statement.

"The terrorist attacks in NY and other places overseas during the past several weeks tell us the threat remains real", Cayetano said, calling on the worldwide community to intensify its efforts in going after Islamic State and its affiliate organizations around the world. PNP is still the lead role.

"Terrorism will always be there", he cautioned, raising the spectre of so-called lone wolf attacks across the nation.

He was referring to the Halloween attack in New York City wherein an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people and injured 11 by ramming them down with a rental truck.

The warning came after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared on October 23 the end of war in strife-torn Marawi City, which was occupied by Islamic State-back Maute terrorist group on May 23.

Syahputra admitted to being part of the Jakarta bombing last January 2016 and the Piagapo encounter last April involving the Maute terrorists led by slain Islamic State leader Isnilon Hapilon.

"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the Philippines, including in Manila", the advice continued.

He said the Philippine government verified this with Australian officials.

The defense department urges Filipinos to "work closely with government security forces" to fight terrorism.

During the Asean defense ministers meeting held in Clark, Pampanga, defense ministers pushed for greater intelligence and information sharing; increased surveillance; and promotion of awareness among the public about the threat of radicalism.

Australia issued the advisory a week before world leaders, including United States President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe converge in Manila for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Cayetano strongly condemned the terror attack in Manhattan on.

"Also, the Department of Foreign Affairs has coordinated with other embassies and there is no change in travel advisories on the Philippines issued by other countries", he added.

"The Philippines is more than ready to do its share in helping make the world a safer place", Cayetano said.

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