Philippines steps up security after foreign governments warn of kidnap threat

US, UK and Canada advise against travel to popular Filipino tourist destinations.
By Rachel Middleton
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his security forces to shoot terrorists on sight after the US, the UK and Canada issued warnings against travel to certain tourist hotspots amid credible information that the Abu Sayyaf and other groups were planning to kidnap foreign nationals.
“My order to the security forces is to shoot them on sight; kill them … expend your bullet to finish the problem, because it is really a problem,” the president told reporters before leaving for working visits to Cambodia, Hong Kong and China.
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