Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said on February 16 that all vessels, including aircraft carriers, are entitled to freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea.
In addition, Roques said “we hope there will be no untoward incident on the occasion of the visit of USS Carl Vinson in our region.”
United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is currently on a Western Pacific deployment together with Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and Carrier Air Wing 2 – collectively deployed as Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG 1).
CSG 1 is currently operating in the Indo-Pacific region to conduct maritime security operations, promote freedom of the seas, and work with partners and allies to enhance regional security and stability, the US military said.
On Friday, USS Carl Vinson and USS Michael Murphy arrived in Manila for a port visit.
“More than 5,500 Sailors from both vessels will visit local attractions and participate in community service projects while in the Philippine capital,” CSG 1 Public Affairs said in a statement.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/notes/uss-carl-vinson-cvn-70/carl-vinson-strike-group-arrives-in-manila/10155773059912034/; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1025577