HI I AM GOING,TO FLY BO MANILA,THEN FLY SOUTH.I HAVE BEN INFORMEDTHAT THE SOUTH IS NOT SAFE,THERE ARE A FEW MUSLIMS,THAT DONT LIKE EUROPEANS,I WILL LATER ON BE GOING TO CAGAYAN,CAN YOU PLEASE ADVISE,I HEAR LOTS OF CONFLICTING ADVICE,I WANTTO GO AS FAR SOUTH AS POSSIBLE,AND MAKE MY WAY ACROSS,ALL THE ISLANDS,DRIVE,FLY,BOATS,PLEASE ADVISE,MANY THANKS,JERSEYBEAN.
Hi, I am not an expert on whats happening in the Philippines, but I am flying to Cebu then Negros Occidental nest week and have been told that these places are safe. The island of Mindanao has had some problems with bombings and kidnappings. I think Cagayan did have a bomb not so long ago. But mainly the warnings are for the islands in the far south west where terrorist groups work from. But if you think about it, the UK has had bombings, but would that stop you going to London or any other city in the UK?
Also I dont think it is exactly Muslims against Eurpeans, from what I have read the extreme Muslim terrorists want Mindanao as an islamic state, so they have used bombs against the island of Mindanao, not specifically at Europeans. They also do not like Manila as that is obviously the capital etc.
But as I said earlier, the UK, Spain and the USA have all had bigger bombings than Mindanao, but you probably wouldn't think twice about going to any of those countries.
Enjoy your trip.
Only certain parts of Mindanao has some insurgency problems. Cagayan de Oro is safe. I recommend going to Davao City, Agusan, Surigao, Zamboanga, Dipolog, Camiguin because of their nice beaches and I spent a ot of time there. But I am sure that there would be others just as nice. Of course, I would suggest that you take necessary precautions. Mindanao is very beautiful but having bad press because of some insurgency problems.
Enjoy your trip.