AFP alerts units in north Luzon as Nokor prepares missile launch

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines—The military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) has alerted all its units in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Central Luzon regions to monitor and report any debris from the rocket that North Korea announced it would launch between April 12 and 16.

Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara, Nolcom commander, said the command, based in Camp Aquino in Tarlac City, has some 10,000 troops from the Philippine Army, Air Force and Navy scattered in the four regions. He said Nolcom has also prepared its disaster response teams, coordinating as well with government agencies to deal with life-threatening situations.

“We are keeping our people informed with help from local governments to keep calm and order,” Alcantara said.

In Aurora, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has advised its 11 municipal counterparts on Wednesday to inform residents about North Korea’s planned missile launch next week.

“We want the information to reach the barangays,” Elson Egargue, the council’s head,  said by telephone on Wednesday.

Egargue said as of Wednesday, the national and regional disaster preparedness councils have not sent advisories directly. He said the provincial council’s actions were based on information relayed by NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos through the media.

In Isabela, Vice Governor Rodolfo Albano III  said local governments lack personnel and equipment to  monitoring their air and sea lanes but they would ensure that residents, especially in the coastal towns facing the Pacific Ocean, are well informed about the potential threat from rocket debris.

“The best thing is we should not create panic among our people,” Albano said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NOMVLC5HDV6PZCEUSYH26O4JI yaptangcom

    Rumor has it that the AFP has employed and deployed an army of scavengers, scrap marauders and junkyard operators for possible search and retrieval operations.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5WX5IYEC4DGCNMQUE3SSEB4IJA Siegfred Dacanay

      MALAY MO.. ME MAKUHANG SCRAP PAMALIT SA PIESA NG MGA EROPLANO NG AFP…HULOG NA KAYA NG LANGIT YUN…MALIBAN LANG KUNG SA ULO NG MGA SUNDALO TUMAMA MGA SCRAP…HEHE MAG UNAHAN MGA KALAKAL..NA TULUNGAN ANG SUNDALONG TINAMAAN?  HINDI AH, DI MAN NILA MABENTA YUNG SUNDALO…

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    OA naman mga ito

    palagi namang may bumabagsak
    na rockets at satellites
    karamihan pag aari ng u.s.
    dini deadma lang

    pero para sumipsip sa u.s.
    propaganda
    pa oa oa

  • sh1seadad

    Do not worry Filipino’s The United States of America is keeping an eye on this. You will be safe. We will never have to worry as long as the U.S. Navy is nearby.

  • pinoyako123890

    napansin nyo ba na masyado malapit sa pilipinas ang babagsakan niya or yung flight path?  dahil ang south korea at japan ay nasa gawing kanan.  gusto iwasan nito ng north korea dahil papasabugin daw nila ito pagpumasok sa kanilang teritoryo. kayat mas gugustuhin na lang ng north korea na pumunta ito sa bandang kaliwa dahil pilipinas lang naman matatamaan kesa naman magalit nila ng husto ang south korea at japan.  kawawa naman tayo.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3E4NC5GQOEDDWWH2AIRQGDQOA Bom

       thats life.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3E4NC5GQOEDDWWH2AIRQGDQOA Bom

    hahaha..kakatwa talaga ang AFP…walang kalakas-lakas na sandatahan ng pilipinas..hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

    kawawa tayo, we don’t have the capability to shoot it down in case it poses danger to our citizens. Kailangan pa tayong tumago. AFP is useless

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