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Filipino President Angered by Travel Advisories

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday said western countries’ warnings against travel to the Philippines have no basis and that perceptions of security risks are exaggerated. “The basis of travel advisories adverse to the Philippines is not valid,” Ms. Arroyo said in a statement reacting to recent advisories by the United States, Australia, Canada, Britain and New Zealand. She said she did not blame anyone for the perception of instability in the Southeast Asian country due to renewed terror threats, but the perceptions “are exaggerated and do not merit the judgment that our country is generally unsafe.” “Our people go on with their day-to-day lives in peaceful and lawful interaction and commerce, despite the many anxieties in their minds,” she said. “We are not an arena of random, irrational violence.” On Thursday, Canada, New Zealand and Britain asked their citizens not to travel to parts of the Philippines, particularly the south, where kidnappings, bombings and armed attacks have occurred. Full Story

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