Malacanang: Travel advisories 'right of any country for safety of their citizens'

July 8, 2013 12:05 am 

MANILA, July 7 — Malacanang brushed off the latest travel advisory issued by the United States of America against traveling to the southern part of the Philippines, saying it was the right of any country in order to keep their citizens safe.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that the Philippine government clearly understood the intentions of the travel advisory as the Philippines, through its various diplomatic posts around the world, had also issued similar advisories to Filipinos, the most recent of which, was for Egypt and for Massachusetts during the Boston marathon bombing incident.

“We respect the right of any country to issue any precautionary measures intended for the safety of their citizens while visiting other countries in the same way that the Philippine government through our posts in other countries have also issued several warnings whenever we feel that our citizens should take extra precautions in light of events that are happening,” Valte said.

One example (is the) one I mentioned yesterday on the caution or the alert levels that we raised in Egypt due to the movements there. I also remember the DFA Spokesperson mentioning that we did issue a precautionary warning to our citizens residing in Boston right after the bombing had taken place,” she added.

“You know, as a country we also recognize the need of others to issue these precautionary measures to their citizens,” Valte further said.

Valte pointed out that despite such travel advisories to foreign visitors, the country posted two million tourist arrivals for the first five months of 2013.

“This is the first time in Philippine history that the country has reached the two million mark in the first five months of the year. So makikita po naman natin na marami pa rin ang dumadating sa ating bansa at talagang malaki ang katotohanan sa likod ‘nung ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’,” she added.(PNA)

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