By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Tuesday said it has alerted the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) in case the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) proceeds with its threat of a missile launch in Guam.
In a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, AFP Public Affairs Office chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo said although they do not see the Philippines to be implicated in the conflict between North Korea and the United States, they are preparing for any eventuality.
“Hingil sa banta ng North Korea sa Guam ang sinasabi po namin ay hindi natin nakikikiita na madadamay ang Pilipinas specifically dito sa giyera na ito because we are not part of the conflict, at least in the verbal tussle between the US and North Korea but in the remote possibility na ito ay matutuloy ang pinaghahanda po natin ay ang AFP of course at ang ating Northern Luzon,” Arevalo said.
“Hindi tayo eksperto, may nagsasabi na may posibilidad na ito ay matutuloy that there might be debris of the missile that might be affecting the northern part of the country. So in this regard we have alerted the Northern Luzon Command, the AFP is monitoring it, but they are the ones preparing for any contigency specifically on evacuation if this is necessary,” he added.
Arevalo said part of the preparation is the medical aspect if such [missile] launch would occur.
Arevalo said although the country doesn’t have the capability to counter this, the most that they could do is to alert the people and if there is a need for evacuation, they would do it.
“If there is a need for example evacuate our Filipino nationals in Guam, kasama na ito sa ginagawang pag-aaral ng ating pamahalaan kung paano makakatulong ang AFP,” Arevalo said.