UK warns vs kidnap threat in Palawan

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British nationals visiting the Philippines were warned this week of the threat of kidnapping, particularly in the Palawan area.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office cited reports quoting local authorities in Palawan as saying there is a “heightened risk” of kidnapping there.

“(L)ocal authorities in Palawan have recently warned the public of a heightened risk from kidnapping; if in the area, you should follow the advice of local security and remain vigilant at all times,” it said in an Aug. 13 update to its foreign travel advice on the Philippines.

It also maintained its travel advice against travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu area due to terrorist activity and clashes between government and insurgent groups.

The FCO also noted an increase in the kidnapping of foreign nationals, including attacks targeting foreigners and tourists, since late 2015.

Some 154,000 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2015 with most of the visits being trouble-free, the FCO said.