US Embassy issues travel advisory to Zamboanga

The United States Embassy in Manila has advised US citizens against any travel to the Zamboanga region due to ongoing clashes between Philippine security forces and armed insurgents of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

In an emergency message issued Monday night, the embassy said US citizens who are already in Zamboanga City area should shelter in place to avoid becoming involved in the fighting or should follow any instructions from local authorities regarding evacuation.

For those who have plans to travel the Zamboanga peninsula area, the Embassy urged them to postpone it at this time.

The Embassy also strongly reiterated its recommendation that US citizens exercise extreme caution when traveling to Mindanao and to keep personal safety and security in mind during any stay in Mindanao.