There is a threat from kidnapping in the Philippines. In April 2014, 2 foreign nationals were kidnapped while yachting in the Sulu Sea.
Kidnapping could occur anywhere, including on coastal and island resorts and on dive boats and sites in the Sulu Sea. Foreigners have been targeted in rural, urban and coastal areas in the past.
In February 2012, 2 foreign nationals were kidnapped from Parangan in the township of Panglima Sugala in the Tawi Tawi island province.