Palace assures safety of tourists following Palawan blasts


Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte

Malacañang assured the public on Sunday that the government is capable of providing security to its people and visiting foreigners following a travel advisory issued by the United Kingdom as a result of the April 5 explosions in Palawan.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government are investigating the simultaneous blasts that hit the capital city of Puerto Princesa and the popular resort town of El Nido.

Valte told the state-run dzRB radio that the explosions had “to do with some local issues” but it was best for the Palawan police to make the explanation.

“We understand the nature of travel advisories and as such, as we have said in the past, we will continue to extend security not just to our people but to those who visit our country as tourists,” she said in reaction to the UK travel advisory.

Three persons were injured in the El Nido and Puerto Princesa bombings, which authorities described as meant more to “alarm than harm.”

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on April 6 advised British nationals in Palawan, particularly El Nido and Puerto Princesa City, “to call home to let family know they are safe.”

The FCO reiterated its earlier warning against traveling to southwest Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. It also advised against travel to the rest of Mindanao, unless necessary, for the same reason.

“There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers. Such places could include, but are not limited to, airports, shopping malls, places of worship etc.,” the FCO said.

“Kidnapping could occur anywhere, including on coastal and island resorts and dive boats and sites in the Sulu Sea, it added.

Over 130,000 British tourists visited the Philippines in 2011, according to the FCO.

Palawan recently experienced a surge of foreign and domestic tourists after the Puerto Princesa Underground River was named one of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature” in a global poll. Tourists have also been flocking to Palawan’s beaches at the onset of the summer season.

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  • Mark

    Palace assures safety of tourists following Palawan blasts—-INQUIRER HEADLINE

    This comes from an abnormal president who goes missing in action during calamities and who messesd up an internationally covered hostage incident.

    • Mind Lumayag

      So do you have any better suggestions?

      • Shadows1

         I have a suggestion. For this character Valte to shut up. Everytime I look at her, all I see is the word S….D on her face. She does not know what she’s saying. Remember her VAT dare?

    • sigena

      walang safe pag news galing malacanang

    • epros

       Ikaw yata yun Sir ha ha ha

    • Jojo

      and who did you vote for who in your expert opinion might do a better job? so many other lunatics waiting in line – maybe you would like to apply?

    • James

      Mark mas abnormal ka yata kasi lahat ng nakikita mo ay negative. 

  • ferds

    Kapag Napasokan na ng muslim, magulo na yang lugar na yan, wala ng kwenta pumunta, puro utak pulbura  ang nga traydor na ito.

  • Mind Lumayag


    why not enlist in the military and help the republic in fighting its enemies instead of blaming its president for his incapacity to govern. See for yourself how the soldiers are doing its best to protect its citizens interest as well as yours, under the command of its president.

  • sh1seadad

    I keep hearing it’s more fun in the Philippines

  • Freddie Mariano

    Shut up! 

    What you’re doing, in fact, is calling more attention to our misfortunes and shortcomings as a nation. It’s like putting a “world-class” tag to something! Have you heard Euopean countries or the US say world-class to their facilities?

  • Jess

    Remove all incompetent police officers. Remove all metro sidewalk vendors , squatters and give them jobs  .

  • kismaytami

    Its more bombings in the Philippines.

  • victor1052

    do not assure if you can not apologize later on if something like the hong kong hostage crisis does happen again.

  • James

    Yung iba dito kung mag comment parang ayaw nila umunlad ang Pinas. Kung bumatikos parang sinong magaling eh wala naman na itutulong sa bayan. Gusto pa yata nila na bumagsag ang ating bansa.

  • rjd517

    curious, is this diversion tactics just to erase news regarding the murder???just asking

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