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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 4:17 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Republic of the Philippines has issued an advisory to its citizens who may be traveling to or visiting Belize due to the recent declaration of a state of emergency in two Southside neighborhoods in Belize city.

The advisory informs its citizens that its Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring the situation in Belize due to increasing gang activity in the area. The Filipino Ambassador to Mexico said the declaration was due to six murders recorded between August 31 to September 1. It also explains the measure was intended to ensure the safety of the public during the September celebrations.

According to Philippine Honorary Consul in Belize, Mikhal Arguelles, the situation in Belize City is calm and peaceful, except in the communities along George and Banak streets, where the violence is happening. He added that there is no Filipino national who has been affected by the criminal activities.

The Embassy asked the 97 members of the Filipino community in the country to exercise caution when in the area.

 

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