“All ships from countries with whom the Philippines maintains friendly ties, may dock at our ports. Chinese survey ships, just like US warships, may dock at our ports,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said with regards to the docking of Chinese tracking vessel in Davao City.
“Only those afflicted with Sinophobia will find the routine incident objectionable,” he added.
The docking of Chinese tracking vessel Yuan Wang 3 in Davao City on July 16 was confirmed by Philippine Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata on July 17.
“They are here for replenishment as granted by the diplomatic clearance issues by higher authorities. This is a routine ship visit similar to any other foreign ship wishing to call on our ports,” Zata said.
The Chinese vessel will staying in the Philippines until July 19.
“It’s completely routine, nothing unusual about the visit. We had Chinese warships calling on our ports in the past the same as with any other warships from other countries,” Zata added.
According to National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua wrote to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano regarding Yuan Wang 3’s replenishment.
Sources: https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/07/17/ships-from-friendly-countries-may-dock-at-ph-ports-roque/; http://globalnation.inquirer.net/168473/palace-sinophobes-will-find-docking-china-ship-objectionable; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1041676