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Stay calm, Cayetano tells overseas Pinoys

Cayetano Cayetano

FOREIGN Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday advised Filipinos in Guam, South Korea and Japan to stay calm assuring them that contingency plans are in place should North Korea make good its threat to drop missiles near Guam.

Cayetano told Filipinos “in Guam, in Japan, in Republic of Korea, (to) stay calm, keep in touch with (the) embassy.”

The Secretary said the Filipinos will be given updates through social media via their mobile phones.

He said the Philippine missions abroad are ready for any eventuality and thanked Sen. Ralph Recto for his proposal to provide the Embassies and Consulates abroad with emergency funds allowing them to act immediately if there’s a necessity.

On Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in separate calls Philippine Ambassadors to Seoul Raul Hernandez and Consul General Marciano de Borja in Guam assured Cayetano that contingency plans for the Filipino community have been prepared.
    
There are approximately 65,000 Filipinos in South Korea and 42,835 in Guam and 237,103 in Japan.
    
North Korea issued the missile threat after President Donald Trump said that Pyongyang will be met with ”fire and fury” if it continues to threaten the United States.

Cayetano called on the US and North Korea to “exercise restraint” and said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Philippines, as the bloc’s chair, are “ready to play a part” to have a peaceful resolution in the Korean Peninsula.
    
“While the Philippines tries to have empathy with all countries, there is a need for a decisive diplomatic solution to what’s happening, to de-escalate. So, we’re not saying that the solution will come overnight but there has to be a breakthrough na magstart mag usap,” he added.