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Alerto pa rin! Defense officials studying areas that may be hit by NoKor nuke strike debris

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The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is on standby for any untoward incident that may arise in case North Korea makes good on its threat to launch a nuclear attack against Guam.

In a statement Saturday (August 12), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the agency is treating North Korea’s threat “more as a civil defense rather than a military issue.”

“As we have done in the past, we have directed OCD to coordinate with the AFP in determining the areas that will potentially, although remotely, be affected. It may also issue no-sail-zone advisories to coastal areas and alert advisories to local government agencies to step up preparedness of local communities in case the debris of a missile launch reaches the Philippines,” he said.

“Sa ating mga kababayan, huwag po tayong mangamba. Ang palagi naming sinasabi ay maging alerto lang po tayo at ipagbigay alam sa mga kinauukulan kung may mapansin man kayong hindi karaniwan sa inyong lugar,” Lorenzana added.

AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla earlier said there is a “remote” possibility that debris from a nuclear missile may hit the Philippines if ever North Korea strikes Guam.

Although the Philippines is not Pyongyang’s target, Lorenzana urged all countries involved “to exercise sobriety and refrain from actions that may escalate tensions” not only in the Korean Peninsula, but the rest of the Asia-Pacific region as well.