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Newsline: Five countries issue travel advisories after Philippines blast

At least five countries have issued travel warnings to their citizens in the Philippines following the deadly explosion that ripped through a night market in Davao City on Friday night, killing 14 people and hurting more than 60. The five countries, including Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore, informed their citizens of the “state of lawlessness” declared by President Rodrigo Duterte following the blast in his home city. Australia told its citizen to reconsider their plans to travel to the eastern part of Mindanao, including Davao City, “and to exercise high degree of caution in the Philippines.” “Higher levels apply in some parts of the country,” the Australian embassy’s travel advisory said. The Unitd States embassy said in its advisory that it was temporarily suspended all official travel to Mindanao. “While we have no information that indicates there is a direct threat to U.S. citizens or interests in the Philippines, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and employ sound personal security measures as you go about your day,” it said. The embassy also reminded its citizens that the US Department of State Worldwide issued a memo on March 3 on the “ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against United States citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.”



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