VP Binay: PHL Embassy ready for worst case scenario in Korean Peninsula tensions

SEOUL, South Korea — The Philippine Embassy has a contingency plan in case tensions in the Korean peninsula escalate into a full blown conflict, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay announced Sunday.

“Nakahanda po ang ating embahada para sa worst case scenario,” Binay told leaders of the Filipino community in a dialog at the Philippine Embassy in Seoul.

Binay is the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Concerns.

There are about 50,000 Filipinos working in South Korea.

The Vice President also described as unfortunate North Korea’s plan for a rocket-launch of a satellite next month and said Philippine authorities will be directing local governments who could be affected to be prepared.

“This is an unfortunate situation because there is an existing UN (United Nations) resolution and North Korea had said they will comply with the resolution,” he said.

“We do not want to speculate on the effects of the launch. We hope it does not happen and North Korea complies with the UN resolution. However, we will be directing the local government who could be affected to be prepared for any eventuality,” he added.

Binay said he is hopeful that the tensions won’t escalate and asked the Filipinos in South Korea to continue to pray.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier issued a statement calling North Korea’s planned satellite launch “unacceptable.”

It also appealed to North Korea to abide by UN Security Council Resolutions 1874 and 1718, which call for the “abandonment of its ballistic missile program in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.”The Vice President is in Seoul to represent President Benigno Aquino III in the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit.#