MANILA, Philippines – Residents in Sta. Ana, Cagayan expressed fears over the launch of a North Korea rocket scheduled on Thursday.
"Natatakot kami siyempre, hindi namin alam kung ano mangyayari sa amin kapag bumagsak 'yon," said Boddy Aron, one of the residents.
Their livelihood is also affected by the launch as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) barred fishermen from setting sail from April 12 until April 16.
“Bawas sa kita naman ‘yan pero ano magagawa namin. Dito nila gusto pabagsakin, ‘di iwas muna tayo sa pasada,” said fisherman Dennis Pinera.
Boat trips from Divilican and Maconacon in Isabela have also been cancelled.
“Ina-advise namin ‘yung mga mangingisda at mga motor banca operators na huwag muna maglayag mula April 12 hanggang 16,” said Petty Officer 2 Jesus Manzano, detachment commander of the Philippine Coast Guard.
The NDRRMC is on alert in case the rocket veers off course and debris hit land.
The agency is coordinating with the Joint US Military Advisory Group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Foreign Affairs Department in monitoring the rocket launch. -- Report from Harris Julio, ABS-CBN News Northern Luzon