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Published August 13, 2017, 10:42 AM

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Sunday said the Philippines is already doing its role as the tension between the United States and North Korea continues to grow.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar(ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Andanar made the statement after Pyongyang expressed that it is carefully examining a plan to hit Guam with missiles after US President Donald Trump threatened to strike North Korea with “fire and fury.”

Guam, an American territory since 1898, lies in the Pacific east of the Philippines and 1,757 miles south of North Korea.

Andanar, in an interview over Brigada News FM, said as chairman of this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet, the Philippines is doing its part in the tension which the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) tagged as a “cause for concern” despite the strike is unlikely to hit the Philippines.

“Kung anuman ang magiging role ng Pilipinas, lalung-lalo na ngayon na chairman po tayo ng ASEAN (Whatever the role of the Philippines here is, especially now that we’re the chairman of the ASEAN), we’re already actually doing what we’re supposed to do,” Andanar told Brigada News FM.

“Ginagampanan po natin ang mga dapat nating gampanan bilang chairman ng ASEAN at nakita niyo naman kung ano yung nangyari noong Foreign Ministers Forum last week. Nakita niyo naman kung paano kinausap nina [Foreign Affairs] Secretary [Alan] Cayetano at iba pong foreign ministers ang North Korea,” he added.

Courtesy of Manila Bulletin