Philippine leader hits US, allies on terror alert
The Philippine president lashed out at the United States and five other Western allies on Friday for subject what he said were unproven warnings of a possible terrorist attack in the Southeast Asian nation at a time when it is trying to boost its dreary tourism industry.

President Benigno Aquino III said the Western nations issued the travel warning last week without consulting his government. The warnings came less than two weeks before the open of a new government sightseeing campaign, Aquino told a business meeting on the sidelines of a yearly Pacific Rim financial peak in the Japanese harbor city of Yokohama.

The U.S., Britain, Australia, France, Canada and New Zealand issued similar alert last week that expanded previous journey warnings for the volatile southern Philippines, where Muslim rebels and al-Qaida militant are active, to comprise Manila, the capital.

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