Exercise Extreme Caution On The Island of Mindanao

In 2000, President Estrada issued an “All Out War” strategy to combat criminal activity in this region. The decade that followed was marked by violence and fighting which led to several periods of mass population displacement.

To this day, there is a serious threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings in this region. Throughout Mindanao, criminal groups have clashed sporadically with the Philippine Armed Forces, particularly in rural areas. In addition, dozens of people have been killed or injured by bombings in Davao City, General Santos City, Jolo, Cotabato, Zamboanga City, Iligan City, Isabela City, and Kidapawan. Clashes between the Philippine Armed Forces and insurgent groups have resulted in the deaths of civilians.

In the Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces, the government maintains a state of emergency. Several countries advise their citizens to avoid all travel to Mindanao.

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