Legarda calls on gov’t to ready contingency plans in S. Korea

Senator Loren Legarda, Climate Change Act of 2009


MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Loren Legarda, the chair of the Senate committee on foreign relations, has called for active preparation by the government to evacuate 40,000 Filipinos in South Korea, saying the declaration of a “state of war” by North Korea directly puts them in harm’s way.

“Our country needs to prepare for this. We need to secure the safety of Filipinos in South Korea,” Legarda said as she welcomes the early activation by the Department of Foreign Affairs of contingency plans for Filipinos in South Korea.

“I hope that the appropriate means to deliver them to safety should the situation arise are available. We cannot wait for the situation to worsen before the details of our contingency plan are firmed up—from activation of emergency area coordinators, conducting resource inventory, designating holding areas, and identification of safe evacuation routes,” she added.

Legarda said the declaration of a state of war by North Korea against its southern neighbor should be a cause for concern in the region, whose stability is also threatened by rival territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea and East China Sea between China and its neighbors.

“The uncertainties and dangers exist. All these could lead to regional instability and erode the progress realized by countries in the region, including the Philippines. It is hoped that restraint and greater sense of responsibility to regional and world peace will reign over rising tensions in the region,” Legarda said.

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  • $18209031

    AFP commanders, the two c130s will not suffice in the event of NK strikes into SK. It will be useless to enter SK airspace to ferry Pino expats as airspace will be declared off limits . WOrst case scenario, the millions of refugees of SEoul and nothern cities of SK will be clogging the roads down to the southern ports. This is not gonna nice. Chaos and chaos will be the order of the day.

  • sanjuan683

    Tama na gimmick mo loren, huag ka na sumakay sa alitan ng Nkor at Skor. Isipin mo kung papaano mo ibabalik yun pork barrel mo na kung pagsasamahin ay triple fabrika ang malilikha at maraming pang trabaho. Puro kayong katiwaldas sa kaban ng bayan. Abnoy huag mo gamitin ang sasakyan ng gobierno sa pangangapanya mo. Pagnanakaw yan ginagawa mo sa kaban ng bayan.

  • NelsonBagatsing

    Sana matapos na ang kaguluhan sa korea at sana hindi madamay ag mga kababayang natin dun.

    • KateDula

      sa tulong ng gobyerno natin, sana nga matapos na at mailigtas ang mga pilipino sa korea.

  • Dyuwela

    I hope the government quickly gets our countrymen in Korea back home.

    • CarlRoy

      yeah i hope so, im sure they’re doing everything naman to protect our fellow countrymen.

    • bertyvelez

      let us just hope for the best and trust our government


    Legarda is famous for talking non-sense just to project herself as someone with brain. Morons knows very well that N. Korea can not wage war simply because it has no food ammunition even for a week. If it is for nothing Legarda is blabbering mouth but for real important urgent matter her mouth is nowhere to be found.

    Where is Legarda’s tongue in Sabah issue where Filipinos are suffering torture, oppression and death over there…… pweh !

  • Rathbumo

    Halatang namomolitika itong si Sen. Loren Legarda. Nung kasalukuyang nagkakagulo sa Sabah, ni hindi marinig an boses niya upang ipagtanggol ang ating mga Kababayang minamasaker ng Malaysian forces. Ayaw niyang mag-comment sa issue dahil baka magalit si PNOY at maapektuhan ang kanyang pagiging kandidato ng Team Pnoy at baka maantagonize niya ang ating Muslim brothers at hindi siya iboto. Ngayong may tension sa Korea, nagpaparamdam siya kasi sayang din ang boto ng mga OFWs sa South Korea. Kunwari concern siya sa kanila, pero ang totoo, concern siya sa boto niya, diba?

  • BIGButo

    Do not be scared Filipino brothers and sisters. The Americans are not far away, they will protect us. Be nice to them they are our friends.

  • Val Sor

    Ang dami palang mga Pinoy duon.

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