Tourists barred amid clashes in southern Iloilo’s uplands

ILOILO CITY --- The military has advised tourists to avoid visiting hinterland villages in three towns in the southern portion of Iloilo province following a series of clashes between government troops and communist rebels. Lt. Col. Sisenando Magbalot, commander of the Army's 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB), said tourists should avoid the mountainous areas in the towns of Igbaras, Miag-ao and San Joaquin as a precautionary measure. These areas in southern Iloilo are popular summer destinations for hiking, mountain trekking and spelunking. Magbalot said civilians could be displaced by government offensives against the New People's Army (NPA). "We are asking them to avoid especi...

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