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For instance, on July 22, retired US Air Force Sergeant Albert Mitchell, his wife and their three housemaids were killed in a robbery in their home in Angeles City, outside of the national capital. He has since been accused in the murder and robbery of two other foreigners: 60-year-old South African national Geoffrey Allan Bennun and 51-year-old Briton James Bolton Porter and their respective live-in partners.|::| “Officials are grappling to explain the attacks.

Terrorism is perhaps the biggest threat to tourist safety in the Philippines and continues to be an increasing and ongoing problem.

The whole of the far south is a no-go zone: the areas of Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago, and the Zamboanga Peninsula are all considered extremely dangerous and travelers are advised to stay away.

Still, Philippine officials bristle at the frequent depiction of the Philippines as a dangerous place for tourists and investors.

In part, that's because foreigners are being singled out by Filipino gangs and syndicates.

Even when a ceasefire has been called, violence could flare up without warning.

So, regardless of the current state of affairs during your stay, it‘s best to avoid these areas altogether.

Travel in groups and stay away from areas that have seen an increase in recent kidnapping incidents.

There are plenty of beautiful locations throughout the Philippines that are trouble-free.

The more rural areas of the country, including the island of Luzon to the north, should be avoided as it has seen the increased presence of the terrorist organization, The New People‘s Army (NPA).

Over the past few years, terrorist acts, involving explosive devices in North Cotabato Province, Basilan, Isabela City, Jolo, Cotabato City, Makati and the Zamboanga airport, have resulted in 41 deaths, and severe injury to well over 100 more.

In July 2010, US expatriate Frederick Boucher and his family were attacked by five armed men shortly after they arrived at the capital's Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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