Martial Law in Mindanao frighten tourist – DOT

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) revealed guests have chosen to cancel their trips to Mindanao because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the region.

“Kung siguro walang martial law, baka walang cancelations,” [Maybe if there is no martial law, maybe no cancelations] Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo disclosed in an interview with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson.

“So ‘yong pag-declare ng martial law, may mga natakot, so nag-cancel sila, but they promise to go back once na-lift na ‘yong martial law,” she included.[When Martial law was declared, many are scared, so they had to cancel,but they promise to go back once martial law is lifted.]

Although, quoting a regional director from Cagayan de Oro City, Teo likewise shared that foreign visitors are “more afraid of ISIS than martial law.”

Tourists are still traveling to Davao, Siargao, Cagayan de Oro, and Camiguin, Teo told Uson, but denied that, “There will always be cancellations. Mayroong nag-cancel [some canceled], mayroon din nag-book [some have also booked], mayroon din magre-rebook once ready na. [some also re-rebook once ready]”

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Teo in a previous statement claimed that the cancelations were just a temporary setback” and expressed trust in the region’s capacity to recuperate from a crisis.

The DOT in a public interview revealed that the amount of foreign tourists arriving in the Philippines from January to March expanded by 11.4 percent compared to last year’s data.

However, the DOT still does not have the approximate of the number of entries of foreign visitors in the country taking after the martial law declaration in Mindanao and the recent occurrence in Resorts World Manila.


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