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Malacanang says safety of citizens and visitors assured

Protesters display placards and banners as they march towards the gates of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Manila July 4, 2013. About 300 activists marched on the streets on Thursday to denounce plans to grant U.S. troops access to a proposed new naval base which they say undermines Philippine sovereignty.  (MNS photo)

Protesters display placards and banners as they march towards the gates of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Manila July 4, 2013. About 300 activists marched on the streets on Thursday to denounce plans to grant U.S. troops access to a proposed new naval base which they say undermines Philippine sovereignty. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang assured on Thursday that the government and concerned law enforcement agencies are taking active steps to ensure the safety of tourists and visitors from other countries, as well as its citizens.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda gave the assurance in a press briefing in Malacañang, after Canada and Australia issued separate travel advisories to its respective citizens against travelling to the Philippines, particularly to Mindanao, due to the peace and order situation there.

Lacierda said these advisories were “normal advisories” given by countries in order to “protect and caution” their citizens as they travel to different parts of the world.

“With respect to the advisory that was given, these are normal advisories. They have to protect and caution their citizens and we understand the situation,” Lacierda said.

“We understand the reason for their doing so but we can assure them that our responsibility as a nation is to ensure the safety of our own citizens as well as the visitors who come here,” he added. (MNS)

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