PHL Navy confirms that Chinese research vessel is docked in Davao

The Philippine Navy recently confirmed that a Chinese research vessel has docked in Davao City.

Navy spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata said the Yuan Wang 3 arrived in Davao City at 8:14 p.m. on Monday from the Port of Jiangyin in China for a “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.

Just like the landing of Chinese military transport aircraft Ilyushin Il-76 in Davao City last month, the Navy also maintained that there was “nothing unusual” over the presence of a Chinese vessel in the country.

The Chinese research vessel stayed in Davao City until the morning of July 19.

Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana has also confirmed the arrival of the Chinese docking vessel.

“Yes. We know about it. The Chinese Amb[assador] wrote to the SFA (Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter) Cayetano that it would be docking in Davao to refurbish and it was allowed to do so,” Lorenzana said.

The Chinese military transport aircraft Ilyushin Il-76 landed twice at the Davao International Airport last month for “refueling purposes.”

The successive “technical stops” made by the Chinese aircraft in Davao City has prompted six minority senators to file a resolution to launch a probe in order to determine “whether [these] violated the constitutional prohibition on the presence of foreign troops in the country.”

The five-page Senate Resolution No. 779 seeks to question the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on the landings.

It was filed by Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon and Senators Leila De Lima, Bam Aquino, RisaHontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, and Antonio Trillanes IV. — BM, GMA News

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