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North Korea missile launch ‘very concerning’ – Lorenzana

Pia Ranada
North Korea missile launch ‘very concerning’ – Lorenzana
The inaccuracy of North Korea's missile technology poses a direct threat to the Philippines, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed alarm over North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan early Friday, September 15.

“Even the President is very much concerned about these missiles from North Korea. We fear them. [It’s] very concerning,” he said early Friday afternoon during a Malacañang news briefing.

Calling the missile launch “a very dangerous act,” Lorenzana said North Korea’s inaccurate missile launching technology posed a real threat to the Philippines.

“Their technology is not accurate. They might be aiming for some other but it might drop into another country like the Philippines,” he said.

Unfortunately, the Philippines has no bomb shelters to keep citizens safe should a North Korean missile find its way within the country’s territory.

The President himself supposedly said there was nothing to be done.

“Now I’m going to tell you what the President said: ‘Ano magagawa natin?’ sabi niya (‘What can we do?’ he said). ‘We cannot shoot the missiles so it will not come here. Just go your daily – what you’re doing regularly, sabi niya (he said). ‘Kung oras mo na oras mo na,’ sabi naman niya (‘If it’s your time, it’s your time,’ he said),” said Lorenzana.

He added that it may be too late to start digging bomb shelters. Prayers would have to do.

“We just pray and hope that the missile will drop somewhere there in the Pacific Ocean,” he said.

One other way is if missile defense systems of countries the Philippines is friendly with can be used to block missiles from reaching the country.

Lorenzana said the Philippine government has not yet to coordinate with the United States or Japan about this.

In the meantime, the government has prepared contingency plans to evacuate Filipinos living in South Korea or Guam should there be a North Korea missile threat those places. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.