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'We pray here in Guam that it won't happen'

'We pray here in Guam that it won't happen'

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber sits on the runway at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam July 18, 2017.

Amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea, Malacanang on Thursday assured the public the government is prepared for possible missile attacks near Guam by North Korea.

"There is a fake message that was inserted into our local social media circuit".

My Homeland Security Advisor who is in communications with Homeland Security and Department of Defense notes that there is no change in threat level resulting from North Korea events.

He said they are working closely with the Philippine community in Guam, and they didn't want to issue any statement that was not sychronized with Guam.

"Unfortunately, we have seen our share of false messages like these that do nothing but stir fear in the hearts and minds of our people", the governor said in the Facebook post.

Guam serves as a major military base for the United States, with U.S. Air Force and Navy installations occupying some 29 percent of the island's total land area.

Guam: Small But Important Piece of US Territory in Pacific

Around 43,000 Filipinos now live in Guam, which is home to a U.S. military base and sits approximately 2,500 kilometers away from the Philippines. We are not just a military installation.

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

South Korean visitor arrivals recorded a 25 percent increase, while USA mainland visitor arrivals were up 14.9 percent over the previous year.

Guam is about 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) southeast of Pyongyang and 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean.

In August previous year, the North's Foreign Ministry warned that all USA military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military.

Aircrews, maintenance and support personnel will continue generating B-1 bomber sorties to demonstrate the continuing US commitment to stability and security in the region, providing commanders with a strategic power-projection platform and fulfilling the need for aircraft that are mission-ready at any time, an important part of national defense during a time of high regional tension, Pacific Air Forces officials said.


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