GLOBAL ONE NEWS — Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana shrugged off the United Kingdom’s travel warning to Mindanao describing it as “normal and ordinary.”
“The British advisory is an automatic and default warning of governments to their nationals like we also do when these things happen in other countries.” Lorenzana said Jan. 2.
The U.K. issued a travel advisory to its citizens following a recent bombing in Cotabato city.
The attack on Dec. 31 killed two people and injured 34 others. Investigators found another improvised bomb in the mall’s department store.
The bombing came despite a high-security alert in the Mindanao islands, which has been put under martial law since 2017.
Meanwhile, authorities said they suspect terrorist group Daulah Islamiyah could be behind the attack. Seven of their members were reportedly killed in a clash with the armed forces days before the blast.
Authorities claim they see no signs of further attacks.