Malacañang on Friday remained mum about US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan but said the government was closely monitoring the situation.

Pelosi visited Taiwan, a country China claims as its province, earlier this week. It was the first time in 25 years a US house speaker visited the country.

“Kapag tungkol sa international relations parati po tayong nag-iingat. Ngunit suffice it to say, na minu-monitor po ng matindi ang sitwasyon. Wala po tayong reaksiyon o statement ukol doon,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said in a Palace briefing.

Cruz-Angeles on Wednesday made the same assertion that the government would not react to matters of foreign affairs immediately.

“Loose words might affect relationships and a very difficult to rebuild. So, we will take our cue from the Department of Foreign Affairs if such a reaction is even warranted,” she said.

In his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the Philippines would be a friend to all and enemy to none during his administration.

He has also called China the “strongest partner” of the Philippines despite ongoing disputes on the West Philippine Sea.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian has told the country to “abide by the one-China principle” as he decried Pelosi’s visit. John Ezekiel J. Hirro