Lawmakers back move of PH welcoming UN sanctions on NoKor
House members today welcomed the support of the Philippines over the adoption of Unit-ed Nations Security Council Resolution 2094 on March 7, 2013 imposing sanctions on North Ko-rea in response to the third nuclear test it conducted last Feb. 12.Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) instructed the Philippine Embassy inSeoul to intensify efforts with Filipino community organizations to prepare contingency plans.There are eight Filipinos working in the reclusive country of North Korea. Four workingfor the United Nations, some of them employed under the World Food Program while the other four are employed by a British tobacco company that operates a factory in Pyongyang.Rep. Angelo Palmones (Party-list, Agham) said the UN resolution would ensure peace inthe East Asian countries.Palmones said North Korea’s increasing efforts to strengthen its war chest demandsvigilance among Asian countries.Palmones said NoKor is a hermit government but does not think they will turn adverse toFilipinos doing humanitarian work in the country. “Their expertise and services in North Koreaare a necessity,” he said.Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City) said North Korean nuclear testing isan irresponsible act for a member of the UN. “It poses a threat to the national security of itsneighboring countries, including the Philippines,” he said.“The Philippines’ stand in opposition to such acts of aggression is justified. However, thegovernment must also be keen on the possible plight of Filipinos living in North Korea with thestaunch admonition of our government against North Korea,” Teodoro said.Teodoro urged the Aquino administration to be ready with pre-emptive measures that willaid the Filipino community.“There is a great possibility that the North Korean government may be provoked by thesanction imposed on them, which may cause grievous consequences for Filipinos living within itconfines,” Teodoro underscored.Rep. Winston Castelo (2
District, Quezon City) said the move of the United Nations(UN) would ensure peace in the East Asian Region.“With this sanction, North Korea will evidently know the sentiments of the worldcommunity brought about by its nuclear tests,” Castelo said.
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