United States like any other country was given an opportunity to freely navigate in the Philippine Rise formerly known as Benham rise, based on Malacañang order.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the given chance to the United States may not lead to another conflict to another country.
“All vessels, including aircraft carriers, are entitled to freedom of navigation in the [West Philippine Sea, the part of the South China Sea within the country’s 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone.”
Roque believed that there will be no untoward incident to hppen on the occasion of the visit of USS Carl Vinson in the region.
“We believe everybody is a friend of Philippines, and we have no enemies,” he said.
Meanwhile, Philippine Government and other military officials were flown to the ships for a tour.