Bakit Davao uli? Another Chinese military plane landed in Duterte’s hometown last May – Trillanes
It was not actually the first time that a Chinese military plane landed in the Philippines as there was another incident also in Davao City International Airport some three weeks ago, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday revealed.
“This is not the first time na land ‘yan. Meron pang previous landing. Sa Davao din (some) two weeks before that or mga few weeks befoe na-discover itong Chinese plane na ito,” the senator said, referring to the sighting last week of a Chinese military plane identified as an IL-76, based on social media posts.
Although Malacanang and other Executive officials have already assured that the aircraft’s refuelling has been closely coordinated to proper authorities, Trillanes said the incident is “problematic on so many levels.”
“Unang-una may mga protocols bago nangyari ‘yan. Bago makaka-land ‘yan. So kailangan maghahanap tayo ng mga documentation from the concerned agencies kung may mga requests na ginawa. Hindi pwedeng boka boka lang ‘yan,” he said.
Trillanes did not let come to pass the fact that it was Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go who came out to announce that the plane’s request to land was “received, processed and cleared” by relevant government agencies.
“Kaya nagtataka ako biglang lumabas si Sec. Bong Go at suddenly parang okay na, na nagpaalam. Hindi pwedeng tawag-tawag lang yan. May mga protocols yan. that’s one. Pangalawa, sa dinami dami ng airports sa Pilipinas, sa Davao City nag refuel talaga huh?” he pointed out.
“Saka long range cargo plane yan. so from point to point hindi yan kailangan mag refuel. Trans-pacific ang capability nyan. Pangatlo, itong obvious cover up ni Sec. Bong Go na ito daw ay nag refuel lang. Dyan mo makikita na meron silang tinatago. Sa akin dito is, since military cargo plane yan, malamang nag unload yan ng precious cargo. Kung ano man yun ay fina find out pa natin,” he said.
Trillanes said the matter having the said incident being called to be investigated in the Senate has been a subject of discussion by the minority bloc in the upper chamber.