By Roy Mabasa
The contingency plans for the Filipino community both in South Korea and Guam are in place in case the situation in the Korean Peninsula escalates further.
This was the assurance made by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sunday amid North Korea’s threats to fire four missiles into the sea off Guam within days.
The DFA said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano, through telephone calls, requested updates from the top Filipino diplomats in Seoul and Agana on the situation in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
The Department said both Ambassador Raul Hernandez in Seoul and Consul General Marciano de Borja in Hagtana gave their assurances that their that contingency measures are in place in case the People Democratic Republic of Korea makes good its threat to fire missiles towards Guam.
There are approximately 65,000 Filipinos in South Korea and another 42,835 in Guam.
And as Guam, Japan and South Korea prepare for a possible launch, the Philippines joined the international community in calling for both Pyongyang and Washington to exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Cayetano echoed President Duterte’s calls for both the United States and North Korea to take the necessary steps to avoid a further escalation of the situation.
Pyongyang earlier disclosed that it will launch four missiles into waters just several kilometers off the US territory in clear attempt to provoke US President Donald Trump.