Bohol, Philippines ‘safest place on earth’

Bohol, Philippines ‘safest place on earth’The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit meetings to take place in Bohol, Philippines, from April 18 to 22 will go ahead despite threats from ISIS-linked Islamist group Abu Sayyaf.

Despite a recent clash with government troops, resulting in the deaths of four soldiers, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command Commander Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao boldly declared “as of now I could say that Bohol is the safest place on earth”.

His confidence stems from the fact that six militants were killed and the threat has been neutralised due to early intelligence interceptions by the AFP prior to the arrival of business and trade officials for crucial free trade meetings. They will be protected beginning this Easter weekend by four thousand soldiers and policemen during the meetings.

The general went on to encourage citizens in Bohol to live as they normally would as terrorism does not only happen in the Philippines. 

The governor of Bohol, Edgar Chatto, assured the local public and potential tourists that everything is back to normal, stressing “we want (the) international community to be aware that the situation was contained (in) Inabanga  (town) and did not affect the rest of Bohol or the rest of the country,”

At the time of the firefight, President Rodrigo Duterte was in Saudi Arabia for a visit to King Salman, signing a number of agreements and memorandums for cooperation in education, consultations and recruitment of labourers, and has yet to comment.

The president of the Philippines and the Armed Forces chief earlier had downplayed any threat from the region, despite the US embassy recently issuing a travel advisory, with Duterte boasting “why should you worry about the (US) embassy? I should be worrying about my country, not the (American embassy).”

 

 



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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit meetings to take place in Bohol, Philippines, from April 18 to 22 will go ahead despite threats from ISIS-linked Islamist group Abu Sayyaf. Despite a recent clash with government troops, resulting in the deaths of four soldiers, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command Commander Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao boldly declared “as of now I could say that Bohol is the safest place on earth". His confidence stems from the fact that six militants were killed and the threat has been neutralised due to early intelligence interceptions by the AFP prior...

Bohol, Philippines ‘safest place on earth’The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit meetings to take place in Bohol, Philippines, from April 18 to 22 will go ahead despite threats from ISIS-linked Islamist group Abu Sayyaf.

Despite a recent clash with government troops, resulting in the deaths of four soldiers, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command Commander Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao boldly declared “as of now I could say that Bohol is the safest place on earth”.

His confidence stems from the fact that six militants were killed and the threat has been neutralised due to early intelligence interceptions by the AFP prior to the arrival of business and trade officials for crucial free trade meetings. They will be protected beginning this Easter weekend by four thousand soldiers and policemen during the meetings.

The general went on to encourage citizens in Bohol to live as they normally would as terrorism does not only happen in the Philippines. 

The governor of Bohol, Edgar Chatto, assured the local public and potential tourists that everything is back to normal, stressing “we want (the) international community to be aware that the situation was contained (in) Inabanga  (town) and did not affect the rest of Bohol or the rest of the country,”

At the time of the firefight, President Rodrigo Duterte was in Saudi Arabia for a visit to King Salman, signing a number of agreements and memorandums for cooperation in education, consultations and recruitment of labourers, and has yet to comment.

The president of the Philippines and the Armed Forces chief earlier had downplayed any threat from the region, despite the US embassy recently issuing a travel advisory, with Duterte boasting “why should you worry about the (US) embassy? I should be worrying about my country, not the (American embassy).”

 

 



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