France has issued another travel advisory for the Philippines this week, warning its nationals of rising criminality during the holiday season. The advisory comes barely a month after France warned of possible terrorist attacks on the Philippines.
In its new travel advisory, France said that "general crime and kidnappings" are expected to rise throughout the Philippines, particularly during this period.
"General crime and kidnappings are rising each year throughout the Philippines at the approaching holiday season and during this period," read an English translation of the travel advisory update last Tuesday.
Previously, on November 2, France issued a travel advisory warning of possible terrorist attacks on the Philippines. At least five other countries —the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada— issued similar advisories.
However, the Philippine government had questioned the basis of the advisories.
In its latest advisory, France cited the Nov. 14 robbery of a jewelry shop in a mall in Parañaque City where the robbers lobbed a grenade at pursuers, wounding at least five people.
The robbery prompted Metro Manila police to intensify security for the Christmas shopping season.
"Risk of violence exists throughout the territory of the Philippines, particularly in public places," the French advisory noted.