06 January 2020
The Philippine government declared Martial Law on the entire island of Mindanao on 23 May 2017 following clashes between government forces and a terrorist group in Marawi City. As of 1 January 2020, Martial Law on Mindanao has expired, but according to the Philippine authorities, Mindanao remains under a state of national emergency and security forces will remain in the area to maintain peace and stability.
Notwithstanding the lifting of Martial Law, travellers should note that there have been sporadic security incidents in the past year such as the January 2019 Jolo Cathedral bombings in Sulu; suicide bombing attacks in June, September and November 2019 in Sulu; as well as a grenade attack in Cotabato City and IED explosions in Libungan in December 2019.
Singaporeans travelling to or residing in the affected areas of Mindanao are strongly advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the local news and heeding the instructions of the local authorities. Singaporeans should remain vigilant and where possible, avoid crowded places, public gatherings, and areas where there are ongoing police or security operations. Singaporeans should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage. Singaporeans are encouraged to e-register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so that they can be contacted should the need arise. Singaporeans are also advised to stay in touch with their families and friends so that they know you are safe. Those in need of urgent consular assistance should contact the Singapore Embassy in Manila or the 24-hour Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office.
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in the Philipppines
505 Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel: +63 2 8856 9922
Emergency Tel (after hours): +63 917 860 4740
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hour)
Tangling, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800; +65 6379 8855