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UK not advising vs travel to Philippines

First Posted 13:15:00 08/25/2010

MANILA, Philippines?In the aftermath of the tragic hostage-taking at the Quirino Grandstand, the United Kingdom is not advising its citizens against travelling to the country.

?In response to the incident, the British government has not upgraded the level of our advice and we are not advising against travel to the Philippines. We have, however, included a factual reference to the incident in the text of our travel advice. This is standard practice for events of this type,? the British embassy in the Philippines said in a statement.

In the same statement, British Ambassador to Manila Stephen Lillie echoed the message of British Consul General in Hong Kong Andrew Seaton and expressed his condolences to the families of victims who were killed and injured in the hostage-taking.

The 22 tourists who were in the bus hijacked by dismissed police captain Rolando Mendoza were mostly from Hong Kong, a former British colony.

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