MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday called for restraint as the US and North Korea continued to trade threats of nuclear attack.
"The Philippines reiterates its call for continued exercise of self-restraint in order to de-escalate the tension and to refrain from actions that may aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula," Presidential Spokesman Ernest Abella said in a statement.
Abella's statement came after US President Donald Trump warned that Pyongyang faced "fire and fury" over its missile program. North Korea had threatened to strike targets in or around Guam, a US territory in the Western Pacific.
Abella said Philippine missions in South Korea and Guma were monitoring the situation to "ensure preparedness for any eventuality."
The military also said there was only a "remote" possibility that debris from a missile would hit the Philippines if North Korea made good on its threat to attack Guam.