Filipino OFWs in South Korea on heightened alert

Filipinos in South Korea were told to remain on "a state of heightened alertness" after North Korea on Saturday declared a "state of war."

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Embassy in Seoul is "monitoring the situation closely," in coordination with the United States forces in Korea and the United Nations command.

“The Embassy is also coordinating with Filipino community leaders on steps to be taken in case escalation of tensions warrants an evacuation,” Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez said.

North Korea had warned Seoul and Washington that any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict.

“As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol,” the North said in a government statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

“The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over,” the statement added.

The United States said they are taking North Korea’s declaration seriously even as it follows a familiar pattern, while the threat was dismissed by South Korea.--Source: Agence France-Presse

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