The U.S. State Dept. recently updated their travel warning for the Philippines. It is worrisome:
"The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the southern Philippine islands of Mindanao..., and urges extreme caution if traveling there. Sporadic violence throughout the Philippines is also possible before and after the May 10 national and local elections and the June 30 inaugurations.
Kidnap-for-ransom gangs are active throughout the Philippines and have targeted foreigners. U.S. Government employees must seek special permission for travel to Mindanao."
Am I, a white male American, putting himself at risk of kidnapping or worse if I visit Gingoog City, (where I will meet a very young women I met on a dating site)?