Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Recovered US Drone In The Philippines

US Drone, unmanned aerial vehicle

US Drone, unmanned aerial vehicle

According to the Philippine military the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was found by fishermen off Polilio island in northern province of Quezon last Sunday was owned by the US military. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman said that the drone is a Northrop BQM-74 Chukar.

The drone, which has markings indicating it is owned by the US Navy, was first spotted by a fisherman at around 4 p.m. last Sunday January 4. Local policemen took the drone then brought it to the local police station.

Meanwhile, Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon is asking for an explanation from the US about the presence of an unmanned aerial vehicle in Philippine territory. “it may constitute serious breaches in both local and international law and severely lambasts our national sovereignty. Even citing the Visiting Forces Agreement as justification would be a stretch.”

“We fear that the US military is exploiting the growing tension in the Philippine Sea to deploy spy planes and warships in our territory," Ridon said. "In the guise of protecting the Philippine claim over the disputed shoals and reefs, the US military may in fact be surveying the area to assess the value of its oil and mineral reserves which their country surely has interest in.”

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