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Terror warnings blamed as foreign visitors cancel trips to the Philippines

Tourism companies are reporting that foreign visitors have begun cancelling trips, particularly in the Central Visayas region. The news comes after Abu Sayyaf’s foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol island last week, and numerous travel advisories from overseas governments. Among the reported cancellations were 500 tourists from Japan, who were planning…


Abu Sayyaf planned mass kidnapping of tourists on Easter Sunday

The Abu Sayyaf terrorists who landed on Bohol yesterday were planning a mass kidnapping at a tourist resort, the military has said today (Wednesday, April 12). The raid came just two days after the US Embassy in Manila warned that the Islamic State-affiliated group was planning an attack in the Central…



Kidnapped German woman killed by Abu Sayyaf terrorists

TAWI TAWI, Philippines – Abu Sayyaf bandits claim to have killed one of two German hostages they kidnapped in Tawi Tawi. The terrorist organization told The Inquirer: “Unfortunately, the other one died. She tried to shoot us, so we shot her. She died.” Abu Sayyaf claims it is still holding a 70-year-old…


Philippines steps up security after US warns of kidnap threat

CEBU, Philippines – (Reuters) – Philippine police have stepped up security on the holiday island of Cebu, the president’s spokesman said on Friday, after the U.S. embassy warned its citizens that “terrorist” groups could be planning kidnappings there. The travel advisory was issued in response to comments made to media…


Americans warned of kidnapping risk in southern Cebu

The warning states that people should avoid unnecessary travel to these areas, review personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings and monitor local news stations for updates. Furthermore, the Embassy has reminded US citizens of the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016, which indicated an ongoing…


Police warning after Abu Sayyaf members spotted in Cebu

CEBU, Philippines – Police have released a report that several members of the Abu Sayyaf group were seen within the city limits of Cebu. City police say that at least six members of the Abu Sayyaf group arrived in Cebu and are being monitored by officers. The men are said to…


Duterte Offers No Peace Deal for Abu Sayyaf Terrorists

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that he saw  no reason why the Philippine government should talk peace with the Abu Sayyaf group. In a brief statement with the press, Duterte said, “I am very sorry to say but there is no [peace] talks about these things…


‘Most Wanted’ Abu Sayyaf Bandit Captured in Basilan

BASILAN, Sulu – Armed forces captured a top level Abu Sayyaf bandit in an entrapment operation in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan on Sunday. Police say that Jadji Biki Adbdala, also known as “Jadji Hassan,” was arrested in his hiding place in the town of Tipo-Tipo. Adbdala is wanted on nine counts of…


Duterte says Abu Sayyaf ‘not criminals’, and blames US for terrorism

President Duterte gave a scathing speech at the Mindanao Hariraya Eid’l Fit’r 2016, not only putting America in the spotlight, he also stating that the Abu Sayyaf terror group “are not criminals.” After blaming the bloody conflicts in Iraq and other Middle Eastern nations on the United States, Duterte went on…