Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Philippines prepares for N Korea's Guam missile threat

Philippines prepares for N Korea's Guam missile threat

"We don't know what's going to happen".

"Basically, we established a quick communication network which is the first thing that we have to put in place so that we will be able to warn them (Filipinos) about the impending threat", he said.

"Regarding Filipinos in Guam, the embassies and consulates in general, including the one in Hagåtña, Guam, have contingency plans which are regularly updated to enable them to respond to emergencies", Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a news conference.

Some 42,800 FIlipinos live in Guam, which is home to a USA military base and sits approximately 2,500 km away from the Philippines.

Malacañang on Thursday said contingency plans are in place in case a crisis hits Guam, the tiny United States territory recently thrust into the middle of the growing tension between the USA and North Korea.

North Korea has announced it is seriously reviewing a plan to strike the USA territory of Guam.

Its state-run news agency reported that North Korea's army "will complete its plan to hit Guam before mid-August". There were also other layers of protection present, but he said they could "not be discussed in detail".

North Korea's aggressive remarks have raised alarm, as a possible missile strike will affect Filipinos living in the region. "It shares false information supposedly coming from the Navy regarding North Korea", Calvo stated on his Facebook page.

It's not the first time North Korea has threatened Guam, which is a crucial, strategic hub for USA forces in the Pacific.

"I'm pro military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy.

I am working with Homeland Security, the Rear Admiral, and the United States to ensure our safety.

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