The Philippine Navy stressed there is nothing irregular with the port call of Chinese vessel MP Yuan 113 at Sasa Port.
Commodore Ramil Roberto Enriquez, commander of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao said the Yuan 13 has a corresponding permit from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
He said the Chinese vessel had visited Davao City initially in 2010 and between 2010 and 2018, similar vessels had docked at the Sasa Port.
“Nothing extraordinary with its presence here. The Chinese Embassy in Manila requested for its clearance,” Enriquez said.
He said the Chinese vessel is civilian in nature, though state-owned and its entry to the Philippine waters is accompanied with prescribed clearances.
Enriquez said that as of July 16, 2018, when it enters the Philippine territory, it already had the clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
“It is a normal port visit of a foreign ship. This was also accorded to a Chinese naval vessel in 2017, to Indonesian ships which visited the cities of Davao and General Santos and under the instances when we are visited by foreign vessels going to our country,” he said.
Enriquez said there is no problem as long as the foreign vessel has corresponding clearance from higher authorities.
He said the Philippine Navy has been monitoring the Chinese vessel from the time it entered the Philippine Sea towards its berthing in Davao City.
“We no longer have concern on it when we learned that it has corresponding clearance from our government,” Enriquez said.
He recalled that since his tour of duty started at NFEM in 2017, three Chinese Naval vessels visited the city.
Enriquez said that in 2018, now is the second time when a foreign ship visited the city.
“There is no routine because it does not happen periodically, every month or every quarter. Like right now they are asking clearance to dock in the Philippines for replenishment in terms of food provisions and water,” he said. (PIA XI)