By Francis Wakefield
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the historic meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore will benefit not only the Philippines, but the whole region as well.
Lorenzana made the remark after he led the Department of National Defense (DND) and its bureaus in culminating the observance of the National Flag Days (May 28 – June 12) and in celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Philippine independence day during the flag-raising ceremony held at the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) covered court in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City yesterday.
“(It will benefit) not only (the) Philippines, it benefits the whole region kasi palaging nagiging ‘yung dalawa dyan eh (there is tension between the two countries) in the Korean Peninsula, the US and the South Koreans against the North Koreans. Eh nakabantay din sa kabila ‘yung China dun (waiting on the other side is China. So it will be bloody kung magkaroon ng gyera (if there will be war),” Lorenzana said.
“So now that they are talking that’s good for everybody para maibsan yung (to lessen the) intensity of the conflict, ‘yung bumaba yung (to decrease the) tension and maybe there will be progress there in North Korea,” he added.
Lorenzana also expressed belief that if the talks bear fruit, development will surely come for North Korea and its more than 20-million people.
President Donal Trump and Kim Jong Un made history today becoming the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet and shake hands, as they seek to end a tense decades-old nuclear standoff.
The two men strode toward each other and shared the momentous handshake beneath the white-washed walls of an upscale hotel in neutral Singapore., before sitting down for a half-day of meetings with major ramifications for the world.
They shook hands for several seconds, Trump reaching out to touch the North Korean leader on his right shoulder.
As they sat down for their one-on-one meeting, the US leader predicted a “terrific relationship” with Kim.