MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The embassies of the United States, Britain and Australia have issued travel advisories and messages to their citizens following an attack on Friday (June 2) at a casino in Manila, which killed dozens of people.
The US Embassy posted an "emergency message" on its website advising Americans to "exercise caution and review" personal security plans.
"Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Heed any instructions given by local authorities."
Meanwhile, the British Embassy said its nationals should avoid the area.
"There are reports of a major security incident at the Resorts World Hotel in Manila. You are advised to avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities," it said.
The Australian Embassy issued a similar message, adding that some flights have already been redirected from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
"The deterioration in security in Mindanao has resulted in a more volatile security environment in the Philippines," it said. "Travellers are reminded of the high threat of terrorist attack in the Philippines, including Manila. Exercise heightened caution at this time."
"Be vigilant about your surrounds. Monitor the media for information that may impact on your security. Follow local authorities' advice," it said.
"The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country."