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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 17, 2019


Location:  Throughout the Philippines

Event:  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in the Philippines.  The holiday season is a prime time for criminal and terrorist activity.  While victims can oftentimes ‎simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they can also be targeted because of a perception of affluence.  In years past, there have been incidents of robbery, pick-pocketing, thefts of property from vehicles, and unoccupied residences being burglarized. Any public event that draws holiday crowds can be a target for terrorist groups seeking publicity for their cause.

Actions to Take:

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists and/or Westerners.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid walking in dark or isolated areas.
  • Always carry some type of identification.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Always drive with your windows rolled up and the doors locked.
  • Park in well-lighted areas. Do not leave personal items openly displayed in your vehicle.
  • Always keep the doors to your residence locked, even when at home.