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Aside from Hong Kong, no other countries warn citizens against going to RP

First Posted 16:42:00 08/25/2010

MANILA, Philippines?Aside from Hong Kong, no other countries officially advised their citizens against visiting the Philippines following Monday?s bloody hostage crisis, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

?Philippine Embassies and Consulates General around the world reported to the DFA that there are no new travel advisories for the Philippines in the countries they cover,? said DFA spokesman Ed Malaya.

Hours after the 11-hour hostage drama at the Quirino Grandstand ended with the death of eight Hong Kong tourists and their captor, dismissed police officer Rolando Mendoza, Hong Kong issued a top-level black travel alert for the Philippines.

Malaya said the incident that triggered uproar over the police handling of the crisis was an ?isolated case which in no way reflects the actual peace and order condition in the country.?

Mendoza was dismissed from service by the Office of the Ombudsman early this year after finding him guilty of extortion and involvement in drug-related activities.

Among Mendoza?s demands was his reinstatement in the police service.


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