FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, a man walks inside the compound of Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort, on Samal Island in southern Philippines a day after unidentified gunmen abducted a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians and a Filipino woman from this southern Philippine island. The recent abductions of three Westerners and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine resort are the latest reminder of the long-running security problems that have hounded a region with bountiful resources and promises, but hamstrung by stark poverty and an array of insurgents and outlaws.  (AP Photo/Manuel Cayon, File)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—In the last four years since it opened its marina, Holiday Oceanview had drawn foreign yacht owners to the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos). Its sales pitch includes the island’s safety features.
Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, who manages the marina, boasted of how low the crime rate was for both Igacos and nearby Davao City.
He would warn prospective visitors against lumping Igacos and Davao City with the rest of Mindanao, ravaged by four decades of Moro and communist insurgency and notorious for bandits who seize people, especially foreigners, for ransom.
“Don’t be misled by the problems reported in the media about Mindanao’s insecurity,” Oceanview says in a welcome message on its website.
“Samal Island and Davao City have a longstanding reputation as a safe area to live in. People are very friendly and any foreigner feels very safe anywhere in the area,” the message says.
The marina, which opened in 2010, features two docks with 56 berths, a boatyard and dry docking space for more than 20 boats, a clubhouse, and other facilities.



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