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Guam alert level up as North Korea attack looms

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Photo by the Philippine News Agency

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued Alert Level 1 for Filipinos living in Guam and the Northern Marianas islands in response to North Korea’s threat to attack the two US territories.

On Monday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano approved the recommendation by Philippine Consul General to Guam Marciano R. de Borja to issue the warning.

Cayetano urged Filipinos living there to be readyin the wake of the threats by monitoring advisories from the Guam government and Homeland Security.

“The most important thing at the start of a crisis is that you know who to talk to, where to go, and how to communicate. If you have all that, that’s half the battle won. Then everything else depends on the circumstances on the ground,” he said.

De Borja advised Filipinos to have their passports, emergency supplies, and other important documents ready in case the situation gets worse.

“Stay in touch with your families and friends so they know how to contact you. It would be prudent to share your travel itinerary with them, and in the event of a contingency, let them know that you are safe,” De Borja added.

The DFA also called on Filipinos in Japan and South Korea, who may be affected by the ballistic missiles launch, to keep in touch with the Philippine Embassy in their respective areas.

There are about 65,000 Filipinos living in South Korea and 42,835 in Guam.

The DFA also ordered other embassies around the world, especially in the Middle East, to review and update their contingency plans to keep Filipinos safe in times of crisis.

“We should make sure that we are always ready to respond quickly and effectively,” Cayetano said.