US emergency message: 'Credible threats' in Mindanao
MANILA - The United States Embassy issued Wednesday an “emergency message”, warning citizens of a “series of credible security threats” in southern Mindanao.
In a message posted on its website on October 10, the embassy said the threats have been identified specifically in Region 11 (Davao Region), Region 12 (North and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani), and in Maguindanao.
The message said: “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.”
The embassy said these threats from extremists may come in conventional or non-conventional ways. It added both official and private interests are targeted.
The targets may include: high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and other destinations.
The embassy said the US government is placing restrictions on the movement of its citizens.
“The embassy advises all US citizens residing in southern Mindanao to exercise extreme caution and re-evaluate their personal safety situation,” the message read.