PH declares no-fly zone after N. Korean rocket launch

Posted at 12/12/12 10:13 AM

MANILA - The Philippines declared a no-fly, no-fish, no-sail zone off northern Luzon Island after North Korea launched a rocket Wednesday.

Benito Ramos, chairman of the national disaster agency, said North Korea gave no advance warning of the rocket launch and admitted his agency was "taken by surprise."

Earlier this week, Ramos said he expected North Korea would give the Philippines advance notice of any rocket launch so the Philippines could take action to protect airliners, shipping and fishing fleets from any possible debris falling from the third stage of the three-stage North Korean rocket.

Ramos said agency officials are on "red alert" in the Cagayan Valley and Aurora Province areas of Luzon where debris from the rocket could fall if the launch did not to go as reportedly planned by North Korea.