Attack on Saudi oil sites will affect PH ‘deeply’ – Locsin

By: Neil Arwin Mercado - Inquirer.net September 15,2019 - 08:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines — “This is serious. It will — not could — affect us deeply.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. made this pronouncement on Sunday after Houthi rebels from Yemen attacked two major oil sites in Saudi Arabia.

READ:Drones spark fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities

“To put it bluntly, an oil shortage or steep rise in oil price will rock the Philippine boat & tip it over,” Locsin said in a tweet, quoting a report about the attack.

“So everybody shut the fuck up and focus. No more clowns. Declaring state of emergency won’t save our economy but kill it,” he added.

In a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the Interior Ministry said the sites were “targeted by drones.”

According to a report from Agency France-Presse, “Huthi rebels have carried out a spate of cross-border missile and drone attacks targeting Saudi air bases and other facilities in what it says is retaliation for a Saudi-led air war on rebel-held areas of Yemen.”

READ: Drone attacks strike major Saudi Aramco facility, oilfield

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