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Raven

Travel warning for Misamis Oriental issued

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The provincial government of Misamis Oriental has issued suspension notice to trekking tourists in areas affected by the continuous combat operations of the military particularly in Claveria town and in Gingoog City.

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Yvonne Waga, provincial tourism office head, said local and foreign tourists must refrain temporarily from visiting Mt. Sumagaya and Mt. Lumot in Claveria; and Mt. Balatukan in Gingoog City, where the government forces are still pursuing the insurgents belonging to the New People’s Army.

Though, tourists can visit tourist destinations such as in waterfalls in Salay town during daytime, but assurance of safety is low.

Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano was saddened of the unfortunate encounters in areas where a number of tourist destinations are located. But he is hopeful that it would end soon and peace negotiations resume.

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Travel warning for Misamis Oriental issued

Travel warning in Misamis Oriental UPDATE

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My partner is from there up far North in Magsasay. Lots of NPA up in the mountains. They walk past and never bother anybody. But a few years ago they did take out a retired PNP who had been dealing shabu for a very long time. Her family move back there next month as the waray population where they live are far more crazy and hostile.

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Since the ceasefire was ended by both the NPA and the Government last month there has been a lot of skirmishes between the two. 

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At least 26 were killed in clashes between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People's Army (NPA), just a month after the rebels announced on February 1 an end to their unilateral ceasefire.

Bloody combats and alleged rebel attacks have been reported by the military almost daily.  

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The Armed Forces said the NPA killed three soldiers in Bukidnon on February 1, despite declaring on that same day that their unilateral ceasefire still holds until February 10.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said this was the "last straw" that led to Duterte's withdrawal from the peace talks on February 4.

Suspected NPA rebels killed the platoon leader of the 67th Infantry Battalion in Manay, Davao Oriental, also on February 1, the military said.

While the actual number of casualties on the rebel side is unknown, the first death was reported on February 5, when an alleged rebel was killed in a firefight in Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro.

The next day, authorities said an NPA supply officer, identified as Glenn Ramos, was killed in a shootout in Davao City as the police served his arrest warrant over attempted homicide. The CPP condemned the attack and said the military wrongly accused Ramos of being an NPA member who resisted arrest.

Meanwhile, a corporal died when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off as the troops encountered rebels in Tapaz, Capiz on February 7. Two other soldiers were wounded.

And civilians were not spared.

Lito Siagan Atoy was abducted then killed by NPA rebels in Talakag, Bukidnon on February 9, according to a military report.

On the same day, the rebels also captured a policeman and one other civilian, and burned heavy equipment owned by the Mindanao Rock Corporation, the military said.

Early Saturday morning on February 11, a soldier was killed in a clash in Santiago, Agusan del Norte which also claimed the lives of two civilians. Three other soldiers were wounded.

Four NPA rebels were killed in a firefight in Aroroy, Masbate on February 13.

Three consecutive encounters in Davao City on February 16 also resulted in the deaths of two soldiers and one rebel,  while one rebel was killed in the municipality of Lakewood in Zamboanga del Sur on February 18. On February 21, another soldier was killed in Magpet, North Cotabato.

Two rebels were killed in Maayon, Capiz on February 24, two more died in an encounter in Davao del Norte on February 26, and one in Lian, Batangas the following day.

The latest fatality is a private first class who died in a clash with rebels in Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental on February 28.

While 25 other soldiers have been wounded from fighting the NPA, the actual number of casualties on the rebel side is unknown.

At least four government troops have been held captive by rebels since February 1, the military said.

The government is urging communist rebels to turn themselves in.

At least 65 have surrendered to authorities as of February 28, and a total of 17 have been arrested.

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/03/01/CPP-NPA-armed-conflict-casualties-duterte-administration.html

 

 

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5 hours ago, Raven said:

Though, tourists can visit tourist destinations such as in waterfalls in Salay town during daytime, but assurance of safety is low.

Sign me up! 

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I see Balingoan is in the area affected. It is the jump off point for Camiguin.

For the moment, it looks like it will be best to visit Camiguin by flying from Mactan island  

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2 hours ago, Jim Sibbick said:

I see Balingoan is in the area affected. It is the jump off point for Camiguin.

For the moment, it looks like it will be best to visit Camiguin by flying from Mactan island  

From Cebu there's also the ferry to Bohol and then the ferry from Jagna to Camiguin, 3 times a week (I think Mon, Wed & Fri).

The daily flight ( 2 flights some days) is the easies though and can be as low as 800 pesos. Normal is around 1,400 pesos.

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The travel warning is about trekking in the mountains. Not that MisOr coastal road is unsafe.

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In tourist destinations located at the coastal areas, however, it is still safe for tourists to visit. Source

 

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Travel advisory for tourists lifted in Misamis Oriental

 

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Governor Yevgeny Emano on Wednesday, March 15, lifted the travel advisory for tourists and locals planning to trek in the mountain ranges of the province after safety assurances were given by the police and military.

“Since there is assurance from PNP (Philippine National Police) and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), we will lift the stoppage order issued,” Emano said. Source

 

 

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I would suggest the graphic in post #3 is misleading ...

It seems they have coloured entire provinces red, if there was one or more episodes within it.

That just does not make sense. It means the sizes of provinces become central to the graphic, while the extent of violence is unclear.

 

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Philippine Information Agency is a bit slow in updating their site, but here is the confirmation that the Travel Warning for MisOr is lifted.

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Misamis Oriental governor has lifted on March 16, 2017, the stoppage order he issued for tourists to temporarily refrain from visiting tourism sites in the province due to continuous engagements between the military and members of the New People s Army (NPA).

 

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