From the Philippine Star (Feb 1): 'Docking of US submarine in Subic has diplomatic clearance'
The docking of a US nuclear-powered submarine in Zambales has diplomatic
clearance, a senior government official said today.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte issued the statement amid
opposition by some leftist groups to the scheduled arrival on Friday of USS
Cheyenne in the former US naval base in Subic Bay.
"This (arrival of US submarine) has diplomatic clearance from the Department
of Foreign Affairs and in consultation with the Department of National Defense
and our navy for a routine replenishment," she told a news briefing.
USS Cheyenne's visit to the Philippines is under the auspices of the Visiting
Forces Agreement between the two governments.
Valte also clarified that under the Constitution what is prohibited is the
entry of nuclear armaments, not a nuclear- powered vessel.
The arrival of a U.S. submarine came amid the grounding of USS Guardian in
Tubbataha Reef off Sulu Sea.
Valte said the government expects USS Cheyenne to take all the necessary
precautions to avoid similar accident in the Unesco World Heritage site.