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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Update/New Bureau of Immigration Policy


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Jim in Cebu

Security Message to U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines

 

October 4, 2013

 

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THANK YOU.

 

Demonstrations Update/New Bureau of Immigration (BI) Policy

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens of the risks involved with demonstrations.  In recent weeks a number of demonstrations protesting alleged government corruption have taken place across the country.  The Embassy has received information that another rally is planned in Manila for Friday, October 4, in the Makati area.  While this demonstration is planned as a peaceful protest, there is always the possibility that the demonstration could turn violent.  U.S. citizens are therefore reminded to avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  The Embassy also wishes to remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances, and monitor local news sources for updates.

 

The Embassy would also like to advise U.S. citizens about a recent statement by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) regarding the participation of foreigners in demonstrations in the Philippines.  According to the September 16, 2013, statement, the Bureau of Immigration warns foreigners against participating in public protests or political rallies.  Foreign nationals who participate in these activities may be detained and deported for violating Philippine immigration laws.  For a complete text of the statement, please visit the BI website.  The statement can be found in the “News” section of the BI website.  U.S. citizens are urged to consider the consequences of participating in demonstrations and to avoid remaining in the general area where demonstrations are occurring.

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Only an idiot would attend ANY kind of demonstration in this country as a foreigner.

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