Palace to respect U.S. travel warning

January 13, 2014 9:05 am 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — Malacañang on Sunday said it will respect the latest travel warning of the United States discouraging Americans from going to parts of Mindanao, including Sulu.

But Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the travel warning applies only to U.S. nationals and not to Filipinos.

"Yan naman pong travel advisory ay hindi para sa atin, para yan sa kanilang mga mamamayan, at nasa karapatan din po ng anumang bansa na mag-issue ng advisory sa kanilang mga mamamayan na sila lang po ang nakakaunawa kung bakit po nila ginagawa ‘yon at kinikilala din naman natin na ang kanilang mga advisory ay para sa kapakanan ng kanilang mga mamamayan (That travel advisory is not for us but for U.S. nationals. It is the right of every country to issue advisories to their citizens for their protection. We respect this right of governments to protect their respective citizens)," Coloma said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

During the weekend, the U.S. State Department warned US citizens against traveling to some parts of Mindanao, including Sulu.

It cited continuing threats due to "terrorist and insurgent activities," and asked U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Sulu.

Coloma said the Philippine government does not need to comment further on the issue since the advisory is for U.S. citizens.

"Yung kanila pong advisory ay para sa kanilang mga mamamayan (The US' advisory is for its own nationals)," he said. (PNA)

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