April 13, 2012. North Korea was all set to send its first “satellite” in space, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3, in a rocket launch that made the Philippines fidgety. Why? Because debris from the second stage of the launch was expected to fall on the eastern seaboard of the country!
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued this memorandum nine days prior, activating some measures and actions to prepare for anything that may happen during the launch of North Korea’s suspected ballistic missile.
But on the day of the launch, to the relief of everyone except North Korea, the rocket exploded ninety seconds after liftoff and crashed in the Yellow Sea.
Also on the covers:
- April 14 – Mindanao brownouts and power crisis seen to continue, as Pres. Aquino III declares an end to “cheap power” · Jessica Sanchez, who was saved by American Idol judges on the April 12 episode of the show · Erstwhile Dinagat Islands Rep. Ruben Ecleo, who was found guilty of parricide for killing his wife
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