With All The Troubles Going On In Mindanao, How Safe Is It In The Rest Of The Philippines?

I’ll be in the Philippines for 10 weeks in the beginning of next year. I follow the news a bit on BBC news, and it seems like there is a lot going on right now.
How safe is it to travel through the Philippines, if I avoid Mindanao? For example, how safe is Palawan, regarding to the tourist kidnaps a few years ago?