Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines
October 10, 2013
OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC
SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN
PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION
OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU.
Additional Security Threats in
The U.S. Embassy wishes to alert U.S. citizens that a series of credible security
threats have been identified in southern Mindanao. In particular, the Embassy is aware of
threats in several locales in Region 11 (the Davao Region), Region 12 (North
and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and
Sarangani), and in Maguindanao.
Individuals associated with known extremist and insurgent groups are
believed to have been conducting surveillance on a number of public locations
in these areas, as possible targets of interest.
Extremists may elect to use
conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private
interests. Examples of such targets
include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices,
hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools,
public areas, and other destinations, whether frequented by foreigners or
As a result, the Embassy has
placed restrictions on all US
government travel to these areas. The
Embassy advises all U.S.
citizens residing in southern Mindanao to
exercise extreme caution and re-evaluate their personal safety situation. The Embassy strongly reiterates its
recommendation that U.S.
citizens exercise extreme caution when travelling to Mindanao and keep personal
safety and security in mind during any stay in Mindanao. For more information on security conditions
in Mindanao, please refer to the July 4, 2013, Travel Warning for the Philippines
that is posted on our website.
The Embassy wishes to remind you to remain
vigilant and maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all
circumstances by reviewing your personal safety plans; remaining aware of your
surroundings, including local events; and monitoring local news sources for
is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard,
and is open 0730-1600, Monday through Friday. The Embassy's main
telephone number is (632) 301-2000. U.S. citizens needing to speak to
the Embassy can dial this number and ask to be connected to the American
Citizen Services (ACS) unit or with the Embassy Duty Officer (for calls outside
of normal business hours). You can also contact the ACS unit through
email at ACSInfoManila@state.gov or through the Embassy
Facebook page. Please visit our website for information on all services offered
by the ACS unit.
We strongly recommend
that U.S. citizens traveling
to or residing in the Philippines
enroll in the Department
of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
(STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you
the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate
to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll
directly with the nearest U.S.
embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the
State Department's website,
where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning
for the Philippines,
Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for the Philippines. For
additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s
Contact the U.S. embassy or
consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also
call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United
States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other
countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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