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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang on Thursday renewed its invitation to foreign critics to come to the Philippines and see the situation for themselves and likewise find time to see and enjoy the country’s attractions.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

This after the Toronto Sun on Monday cautioned travelers from going to Manila as it listed the country’s capital city as one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

The publication described the streets of Manila as more of a “slaughterhouse than one of the world’s great cities.”

“Gangsters kill gangsters over women, drug turf and whatever suits their fancy. Extra-judicial assassinations by President Rodrigo Duterte’s death squads add to the sinister mix,” it said.

It also noted of a 5,600 deaths by vigilantes in just one year.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said foreign critics of President Duterte’s drug war are listening to an echo chamber and should just visit the country to see for themselves.

“I think they’re listening to an echo chamber. I think they should come here and experience it’s more fun in the Philippines,” Abella said during the Palace press briefing Thursday morning.

“They should experience the sun, the sand, the beaches,” he added.

According to Abella, the Toronto Sun report is not a cause of concern for the country.

“You look around from experience is this a slaughterhouse? Of course not,” he said.

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