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Old 20th January 2019, 02:58 AM
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South West Mindanao is kinda iffy I wouldn't even think to go there. But in other areas best to stay closer to even smaller town than way out in Providence NPA lucks about. If you have significant other then their relatives know where not to venture.

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About 2 or3 months ago, my Asawa went to Cotabato with a group for a church function which lasted for 3 days. She wanted me to come along, but I told her the whole group would be safer there if I was not present. She agreed with this reasoning and they had no problems during their time there. I see no reason in the world to put myself or a group of people at risk just because of my presence.

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Being kidnapped for ransom and having loved ones hurt trying to protect me from being kidnapped is something to avoid.
Foreigners stand out here, but that area hole province might know your there.

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'8:09am, 27 January 2019: Summary: On 27 January 2019, at least 27 people were killed and many more injured as a result of bomb attacks at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo Island in Sulu Province.'

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'7 February 2019: Latest update: change to advice against travel; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to South Cebu'

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'8 February 2019: Latest update: Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – removal of information on Palawan'

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'5:00pm, 31 May 2019: Latest update: Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – factual update; a Dutch national was killed on 31 May 2019'

This alert is a little scant on detail so I dare say we can expect more info to follow.

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'5:00pm, 31 May 2019: Latest update: Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – factual update; a Dutch national was killed on 31 May 2019'

This alert is a little scant on detail so I dare say we can expect more info to follow.

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He was shot and killed whilst trying to escape, during a gun battle with government troops.

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'5 August 2019 - Summary and local travel (sea travel) updated – you should avoid travel on ferries and passenger boats if possible.

On 3 August 2019 three ferry boats capsized in the Iloilo-Guimaras straits, with at least 30 lives lost. Avoid travel on ferries and passenger boats if possible, particularly in the rainy season (June-December). They are often overloaded, may lack necessary lifesaving equipment or be inadequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests. Storms can develop quickly and maritime rescue services in the Philippines may be limited.'


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'5 August 2019 - Summary and local travel (sea travel) updated – you should avoid travel on ferries and passenger boats if possible.

On 3 August 2019 three ferry boats capsized in the Iloilo-Guimaras straits, with at least 30 lives lost. Avoid travel on ferries and passenger boats if possible, particularly in the rainy season (June-December). They are often overloaded, may lack necessary lifesaving equipment or be inadequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests. Storms can develop quickly and maritime rescue services in the Philippines may be limited.'


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On August 3rd I travelled from Batangas to Calapan.
Many of the smaller ferries had been cancelled that day (OceanJet and SuperCat), but the larger ROROs were still operating.
The same when we returned on Tuesday.

Maybe that particular route is better regulated than some others, but I've always felt safe and confident that the companies running them do a good job.

They are never overloaded, every passenger has an assigned seat.
There is always a life jacket under the seat.
We always add our name to the passenger manifest.
I can't comment as to the "inadequately maintained", but I've never heard of a breakdown on that route.

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