On July 22, 2017, Philippine authorities extended martial law in Mindanao to the end of 2017.
Curfews could be imposed and checkpoints established with little notice.
Bombs causing deaths and injuries have exploded in public areas of major centres, including the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, General Santos, Isabela, Jolo, Kidapawan and Zamboanga.
Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel to the Mindanao Region (excluding urban areas of Davao City, see advisory below) due to the serious threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping.
The Government of Canada’s ability to provide consular assistance in this region is limited. Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea, including the waters off southern Palawan Island, due to the threat of piracy and kidnappings in this area. Global Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel to the urban areas of Davao City, due to security concerns and the implementation of martial law in the Mindanao Region. The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries.
The group, which is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, have reportedly received support from Isis.
Troops and a special police force were deployed to the city after residents in a nearby village raised the alarm and appealed for help.