By Francis Wakefield
The Department of National Defense (DND) said Sunday it is treating the threat of a missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) more as a civil defense rather than a military issue.
In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that while the threat of a missile launch by North Korea is not directed at the Philippine archipelago, the DND is closely monitoring the situation in the region.
“We are treating this more as a civil defense rather than a military issue. Our Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is on standby and prepared to address any untoward incident that may occur in the aftermath of such a missile launch,” Lorenzana said.
Lorenzana said as they have done in the past, they have directed OCD to coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in determining the areas that will potentially, although remotely, be affected.
“It may also issue no-sail-zone advisories to coastal areas and alert advisories to local government agencies to step up preparedness of local communities in case the debris of a missile launch reaches the Philippines,” Lorenzana said.
“Be that as it may, we call on all countries involved to exercise sobriety and refrain from actions that may escalate tensions not only in the Korean Peninsula, but the rest of the Asia-Pacific region as well.”