Palace Calls Australian Travel Advisory 'Rehashed'
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING
Malacanang yesterday lashed back at Australia for using "rehashed, outdated intelligence reports" when it issued a travel warning against the Philippines due to alleged looming terror attacks here.
In downplaying Canberras fresh travel advisory against Manila, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the government forces have scored several accomplishments in weeding out terrorists and preventing them to carry out assaults to maintain peace and order.
Last Friday, Australia warned its citizens to avoid tourist areas in the Philippines, saying that it continues to receive intelligence reports that the "risk of further terrorist attacks and kidnapping remains."
"It seems the Australian government has based its renewed warning on rehashed, outdated intelligence reports. The threat of terrorism still remains, as anywhere else in the world, but we have posted significant gains in flushing out terrorist cells and reducing their capabilities to launch attacks," Bunye said in a statement. …