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Threat against American citizens in Manila

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The US Embassy Manila advises American citizens in the Philippines that a threat against American citizens in metropolitan Manila, specifically the Pasay City neighborhood, has been detected by reliab

The US Embassy Manila advises American citizens in the Philippines that a threat against American citizens in metropolitan Manila, specifically the Pasay City neighborhood, has been detected by reliable security forces. This threat remains in effect until October 10, 2012.

In response to the threat, the US Ambassador has ordered an augmented security profile for all US government facilities in Manila.

The Embassy urges American citizens at this time to:

1. Exercise extreme caution in their daily routine and to maintain extra awareness regarding their own security;

2. As much as possible, maintain a low profile;

3. Vary travel routes and social routines;

4. Consider canceling any American gatherings, celebrations, or observations that could be construed as American events; and

5. Report any perceived security concern to Philippine authorities.

The US Embassy also wishes to remind US citizens of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests throughout the world. In a message dated July 12, 2012, the Department of State recommends worldwide
caution and reminds US citizens that terrorism can occur
anywhere.

The Embassy reminds US citizens of the dangers sometimes associated with public demonstrations. Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can suddenly become violent and unpredictable. Americans should be alert, pay attention to local news media, and avoid demonstration areas if at all possible. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority often provides a map of affected locations at their website, www.mmda.gov.ph/192012-rerouting.html

The US Embassy is encouraging all US citizens in the Philippines to enroll with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or at the US Embassy in Manila. By enrolling, travelers can receive the Embassy’s most recent security and safety updates during their trip. Enrolling also ensures that the Embassy can reach you, or your designated emergency points of contact, during an emergency. The US Embassy is located at: 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines, tel. 63-2-301-2000. The American Citizens Services (ACS) section’s fax number is 63-2- 301-2017, and you may reach the ACS Section by email at [email protected] The ACS Section’s website includes
consular information and the most recent messages to the US citizen community in the Philippines.

US citizens traveling in the region are encouraged to stay up-to-date on conditions across the globe by bookmarking the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, which contains the current Travel
Warnings (including the Travel Warning for the Philippines,
dated June 14, 2012) and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide
Caution of July 12, 2012.

Follow them on Twitter and become a fan of the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. You can also download their free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips. If you don’t have Internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except US federal holidays).

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Editor in chief for eTurboNew is Linda Hohnholz. She is based in the eTN HQ in Honolulu, Hawaii.