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PAF readies evacuation plan for 40,000 Filipinos in South Korea


Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Ernesto Okol. INQUIRER.net/FRANCES MANGOSING

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Air Force has an evacuation plan for the 40,000 Filipinos in South Korea should tensions with North Korea escalate.

“The Philippine Air Force has contingency plans in place for the repatriation and evacuation of our countrymen in foreign lands,” Colonel Miguel Ernesto Okol said in a statement Tuesday.

He said there are two C-130 transport planes that could be used in the evacuation. Each plane can carry up to 120 people.

“We just finalize details like the air route, ground handling, other support systems plus DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] efforts to secure diplomatic clearance. Then we tailor it to a specific area or country as the need arise,” he added.

The last time the Air Force made a similar the same mission was in 2003, when it helped evacuate Filipinos in Myanmar.

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Tags: Air Force , Conflict , evacuation , North Korea , PAF , South Korea

  • ranjoranido

    itong PAF puro lang AIR wala naman FORCE.

  • pfc_kulapu

    Colonel Miguel Ernesto Okol, sir if war will broke out, airport is one of the priority target to cripple military facility of the enemy.. sir medyo gamitin din natin utak na tin…
    beside nuclear war yan pa bilisan…

  • $18209031

    Calling on the Malacanang planners , time to send in a fleet of ships to fetch the Pinos in SK. Move them to China so they can fly back home. Or go to Japan and fly them home. Start doing now. War is imminent . The signs are there. The armistice treaty is already dissolved . A state of war is now looming overhead. NO more talking instead they are showing force of arms.

    DO not dilly dally like the lazy Kachilas of the past two centuries.

  • $18209031

    Two C130s will be overburdened. THe airports of SK cities will be off limits when war breaks out. You are not thinking well. Ships are the answer. Tell the Pinos living near the DMZ to now move back to the southern tip of SK where they will be move to Japan for flights back home.. This will be shzt when war breaks out.

  • vince_bugaboo

    I believe they can fly, so there’s no need for these 40,000 compatriots to be airlifted 120 at a time by two C-130s.
    Coronel Okol, 40.000 divided by 240 (a day?). How many trips in a day could be accomplished, not mentioning not only the time consuming bureaucratic clearance of their papers, but also of the flights in a very tense situations before North Korean warheads start poking them in the a$$?
    I think the best you and the DFA can do is to advise to them to fly, starting today, on wings of their own, or they could construct paper planes. That’s more feasible than your plans.

  • joboni96

    still more air than force

    better rent the planes of airlines
    very much more effective and safer

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