Chinese military aircraft lands in Davao City?


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is verifying reports that a Chinese military aircraft landed at the Davao City International Airport last week.

“We would have to check with the Intelligence and Security Unit of the Department, which is in charge of issuing diplomatic clearances for all foreign military aircraft entering Philippine airspace,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato told The STAR yesterday.

“But if that IL-76 was indeed at the Davao International Airport (on Friday), it had the necessary permission to be there,” he added.

Photos of the military transport plane, identified as an IL-76, circulated on social media yesterday.