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Palace downplays US warning on ‘multiple’ terror attacks in RP

Malacañang downplayed yesterday serious warnings from the United States of possible “multiple” terror attacks in the country, saying it was merely reacting to the threat when it issued the new travel advisory for its citizens here. “This is a reflex action on their part because they have a lot of (American) nationals living here,” Palace communications director Silvestre Afable Jr. said. The US government was exercising “diplomatic responsibility” when the State Department cautioned Americans that extremist groups, including a radical faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are planning to stage attacks throughout the archipelago. “They have an obligation to protect their citizens but this doesn’t mean there is an impending attack,” Afable said. In a separate interview, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the information used as basis for the latest US travel advisory was apparently outdated. Full Story

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