Foreign vessels should get clearance before passing PHL territorial waters: Duterte

Amid the recent reports on Chinese warships passing through Sibutu Strait in southern Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that all foreign vessels should notify and get clearance from the Philippine government before passing through Philippine territory.

“To avoid misunderstanding in the future, the President is putting on notice that beginning today, all foreign vessels passing our territorial waters must notify and get clearance from the proper government authority well in advance of the actual passage,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“Either we get a compliance in a friendly manner or we enforce it in an unfriendly manner,” he added.