Contingency plan in place for any eventuality in Korea – Palace

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Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines isn’t taking lightly North Korea’s “declaration of war’’ with South Korea and threats to attack US bases in South Korea and the Pacific.

President Benigno Aquino III has directed the Department of Foreign Affairs to alert Filipinos in South Korea and prepare them for any eventuality in the Korean peninsula, Malacañang said Sunday.

At the President’s orders, embassy officials in Seoul were now coordinating with Filipino community leaders “on steps to be taken pertinent to the situation’’ in the Korean peninsula, Secretary Edwin Lacierda said.

“The President is being updated on the situation in the Korean Peninsula. The President has directed the DFA to ensure that the Philippine embassy in Korea coordinate with the Filipino community there,’’ the presidential spokesperson said in a text message to reporters.

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said the DFA was tasked with “ensuring the safety of Filipinos’’ and that contingency plans were in place.

North Korea last Saturday declared it had entered into a “state of war’’ with South Korea and warned both the US and South Korea that any provocation would escalate into an all-out nuclear war.

The US took the announcement “seriously’’ but observed it followed a familiar pattern while South Korea dismissed it as an old threat in a new form.

North Korea had put its missile units on standby Friday to attack US bases in South Korea and the Pacific, a day after the US flew two stealth bombers over South Korea on practice runs.

North Korea has issued a flurry of threats since early this month when the US and South Korea began routine military drills. The US and South Korea said the drills were purely defensive in nature.

The two Koreas have technically remained at war because the 1950-53  Korean War concluded with an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

Coloma said the government has contingency plans for any nuclear fallout.

“The NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) has a continuing contingency plan to respond to external threats, including previous missiles launched from the two Koreas. We maintain a posture of vigilance and adherence to diplomatic modes of conflict resolution,’’ he said in a text to reporters.

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  • http://freemindonline.blogspot.com/ FreemindOnline

    Even if the Americans has officially no military bases in the Philippines. Unofficially they have a base in Mindanao. The Philippine government is dreaming if they think that they are not in the list of North Korea’s nuclear strike. REMEMBER ALWAYS THAT W/O THE PHILIPPINE CONTRIBUTION TO THE KOREAN WAR, their will not be a South Korea today!. NORTH KOREA NEVER FORGETS. . .

    And strategically, The Philippines is the best location to launch a conventional military strike at North Korea before or after a nuclear strike at key areas — North Korea is not blind. Not to mention that any mass opposition from the Filipino citizens to get the Philippines involved can be easily dealt with by the low self esteem-no dignity Philippine government officials.

    Again, the Philippine government is thinking linear. What about the Filipinos in the Philippines. What are your contingency plan?. Even China is afraid of North Korea’s unpredictable decisions and actions.

  • $18209031

    Yep, a lot of Pino soldiers under the UN flag went to Korea in 1950-1953 and killed NKs and Chicom forces. Philippines right now is also a target as US forces are in our midst . Most likely the Subic Base is a target . The NKs are focused on SK cities and bases, Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa and Japland.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      there was 23 countries involved with the korean war. america lost the most then britain there was more turks killed than flippinos are they going to nuke australia turkey new zealand britain , and many others.they got at most 3 nukes so their going to waste one on subic bay. the only way they will attack the philippines is by accident because wo knows where their missles will go they had a hard time with the last one. where in the hell do you dream up this stuff the comic books because it is not reality.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      this is the dead by country south korea 227800 us 54248 uk 710 turkey 719 australia 291 canada 309 france 288 thailand 114 greece 166 holland 111 columbia 140 ethiopa 120 philippines 92 belgilum 97 new zealand 37 south africa 20 so whole are you going to nuke first

      • $18209031

        They dont need to armed it with a nuclear warhead. They can use conventional warheads. I dont even think they will head Seoul with nukes bec it can fallout as the wind blows back to them. They will reserve those for Japland , Guam, Okinawa and Hawaii if that makes sense to you ?

  • disqusted0fu

    The only plan that the Aquino admin has is to find someone to blame when things go out of control. We have seen this time and again from the administration. It is also the same plan that they used with the Sabah standoff. We can’t expect anything more from Pnoy and his administration but to brainwash the public, that’s all.

  • catmanjohn

    One would doubt that there would be a protracted land war. Once the NK fires its first salvo, the U.S. and SK would nuke the sh!t out of fat boy Kim. I doubt the USSR and China would risk everything to come to the aide of a deviant and evil psycho like KIM DUNG UGH.

    • $18209031

      Considered NK as done . Its a matter of time the US and SK will finish it back to the stone age. But expect a SK thats burned to the ground as well. It will devastate Sk back into the stone age and they would lose their industrial edge vs Japland.

      Hyundai , Samsung and whatever major industrial SK companies will be wiped out . The one that will benefit from all these is China and Japland as the industrial powerhouses in Asia once the smokes clear. Oh, i must say that Taiwan is gonna replace SK . SK by the way was to replace Japland as the dominant industrial might. Koreans are more dynamic than the Japs .THey are more open and westernized compared to the Jap population thats aging .

      • catmanjohn

        You seem to have a great deal of faith in third rate Russian and Chinese weaponry. First, the U.S. has too much invested in SK to sit and watch anything burn to the ground. There are over 35,000 US military personnel, and probably double that of the U.S. civilian populous. NK will cease to exist within an hour of launching their first salvo. China and USSR have enough trade deficit to SK that they would not risk losing those trade benefits. As long as the NK zone is free from U.S. weapons pointing at their capital and their most vital naval ports, the Chinese and USSR would probably try to stay neutral. SK has probably painstakingly assured them of such military concerns. Everyone knows the world would be better off without those deviant psychos in the north. KIM DUNG UGH and his commie nazis are a blight to the human race.

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