By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte is concerned over reports that North Korea launched its second ballistic missile over Hokkaido, Japan this morning.
The recent nuclear test by North Korea came a day after Pyongyang threatened to use nuclear weapons to sink Japan and reduce the United States to ashes and darkness for supporting a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test.
The UN resolution is designed to cap North Korea’s oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations, and sanction designated North Korean government entities.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, during the Mindanao Hour/Bangon Marawi press briefing this morning, said what North Korea did was a very dangerous.
“First, they keep flying, sending those missiles up without any reasons except to scare us here–the neighboring countries. Pangalawa (Second), their technology is not accurate. They may be aiming for some other but it will drop in the other countries like the Philippines,” he said.
“Even the President is very much concerned about these missiles from North Korea. So, natatakot tayo diyan, (it’s) very concerning,” he added.
Lorenzana said the government has contingency plans in case of a nuclear fallout or in case debris of North Korea’s missiles hit Philippine territory. However, he said the absence of air-raid shelters is unfortunate.
“Unfortunately, wala tayong (we don’t have) air-raid shelters. We cannot start digging now, digging air-raid shelters,” he said.
“We’ll just hope and pray siguro (maybe) that the missile somewhere there in the Pacific Ocean,” he added.
According to Lorenzana, the government is now formulating a plan to evacuate the Filipinos in Guam and the Korean Peninsula in case a war breaks out.