US embassy warning: Philippines on alert

2012-09-29 13:29

Manila - Philippine security forces were on stepped-up alert on Saturday after the US embassy issued an emergency advisory about an alleged threat against Americans in the capital.

"As a matter of precaution, we have augmented security," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said. "Police visibility has been heightened."

The US embassy said in its advisory that the "threat against American citizens in metropolitan Manila ... has been detected by reliable security forces" but it did not give details on the nature of a possible attack.

"This threat remains in effect until October 10," the embassy said in the advisory posted on its website on Friday.

Britain, Australia and Canada also issued warnings to their citizens, citing the US advisory.

"Any attack could be indiscriminate, and we advise British nationals to exercise particular caution and extra vigilance in places frequented by expatriates and foreign nations," Britain's advisory said.

Australia stressed the need for its citizens to avoid travelling to the conflict-wracked southern region of Mindanao, and Canada urged its citizens to be "extremely vigilant and increase their personal security awareness".

"Bomb attacks could occur at any time in Manila and other key cities," Canada said in its advisory.

"Targets could include places frequented by foreigners, such as large shopping malls and convention centres."

Philippine police earlier stepped up security at the US embassy in Manila after violent protests in several countries over a US amateur film considered insulting to Islam.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-29 13:57

    Obama is a huge failure. Its far more dangerous to travel now than four years ago for an American citizen. America looks weak and these radicals are stepping into the power vacuum. His 'restart' with Muslim nations has been disastrous. Last week 29 US Embassies were attacked. Africa is the new front. Etc....

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-09-29 14:01

      Blame it on one man why don't you? would you rather see military retaliation on from the U.S.? surely Islam extremist are to blame, and the director of the video? i recon Obama is the right man for the job, at least if you look at the rest of the line up.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-29 14:40

      Louis I'm sure you just love Obama's policies of welfare for everyone, huge government, spending as quickly as he can, just like your friend Zipper.

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-09-29 14:04

    And of course, the South African government don't give a damn about their citizens!

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