From Forbes (Jun 28): 5 Big Danger Zones To Avoid In The Philippines
A Philippine military spokesman said last week the armed forces were gaining a "foothold" after a month-old war in Marawi city. That's in the southland where Muslim militants have been violently agitating for more than 50 years for a measure of autonomy in the majority Catholic nation. But now Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte concedes the fighting might last a while. The four-year-old Maute Group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and is described locally as a terrorist organization, is still hiding armed militants in the city, government officials suspect.
The country's most dangerous spots, most of which are to be avoided if possible, are:
1. Marawi: Reports from the front lines explain why to avoid this hilly, lakeside city. Troops that opened fire in this spot on Mindanao island May 23 have killed at least 275 militants. More than 60 troops have also died and most of the city’s 200,000 inhabitants have fled. Much of the city's commercial district is rubble now, leaving few places to live for locals or otherwise. Marawi isn’t the only place where a traveler might get injured or killed. Four other spots in the Philippines could bring the same fate. They are: