Misamis Oriental governor has appealed to tourists to refrain from visiting conflict-affected areas in the province until authorities declare it already safe.
Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano said the public must be wary over the ongoing combat operations of the military in alleged rebel-infested areas particularly in the first district where government soldiers died following an encounter against the New People’s Army (NPA) recently in Sugbongcogon town.
War-affected areas in Misamis Oriental at press time are the municipality of Claveria and Gingoog City.
“We will not let any of our tourists become human shield or be trapped in battles just because we failed to warn them from visiting our tourist attractions,” Governor Emano warned.
Governor Emano said he would also wait for further notice from the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines whether or not it’s already safe to visit tourist destinations in the province.
“But as of this time, i would personally appeal to our dear tourists to stop trekking our mountains until further notice,” Governor Emano said.
The provincial government has earlier warned mountaineers not to climb Mt. Sumagaya and Mt. Lumot in Claveria and Mt. Balatukan in Gingoog City, where the government forces are still pursuing the insurgents. (PIO MisOr)