Apr 242013
Avoid large crowds and heed the election bans on firearms and liquor as the May 13 elections draw closer.

This was the gist of the advice the United Kingdom on Wednesday gave to its nationals in the Philippines.

“The Philippine government has put in place enhanced security measures in the lead up to the May 2013 congressional and local government elections. These include a ban on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons. The enhanced measures will remain in place until 13 June 2013,” the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in an update to its travel advice for the Philippines.

It also noted there will be increased checkpoints run by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

UK nationals were likewise advised there will be a liquor ban in place from May 9 to 13.

“Keep up to date with local and international developments, and avoid demonstrations or large gatherings of people,” the FCO advised.

The FCO also maintained its advice against all travel to Southwest Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of “ongoing terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups.”

The FCO also advised against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao for similar reasons.

Some 113,282 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2012, with most visits being trouble-free, the FCO said. — BM, GMA News

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