PHL gov't assures safety of foreign visitors amid concerns

March 10, 2013 6:21 am 

MANILA, March 9 — The Philippine government said Saturday it has taken precautionary measures to secure the safety of foreign nationals visiting the country as Australia recently issued a travel warning against the Philippines.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the assurance following the travel warning issued by the Australian government to its citizens to prevent traveling to the restive southern Philippines due to high risk of kidnapping.

The Australian government issued the travel warning amid the violence in Sabah involving the Malaysian authorities and the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III over the latter's claim on the minerals and oil-rich Borneo state.

Apart from Australia, the governments of China, Britain, U.S., and several other countries had also warned their citizens of the security threat in the Philippines.

Despite the travel warnings, Valte said that the government expects tourist arrivals to surge with the recent development in the country's aviation and tourism sectors.(PNA/Xinhua)

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