Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher ‘Bong’ Go confirmed that a Chinese PLA Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 military transport aircraft landed in Davao City on June 8 for refueling.
The Chinese aircraft was spotted by member of Philippine Plane Spotters Group (PPSG), however, no official government statement was immediately available.
“There are reports from social media showing Chinese government plane landing in the Philippines. The request for landing was received, processed and cleared by relevant Philippine Government agencies,” Go said in a statement.
“The landing was requested for the specific purpose of refueling and was granted and given with specific conditions for compliance by the requesting party,” he added.
He added that Department of National Defense, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines “work together to ensure that requesting parties comply with our domestic procedures and requirements.”
He explained that “technical stops by foreign government and commercial planes, including for refueling purposes, are closely coordinated by our relevant Government agencies following established domestic procedure and in consideration of existing agreements.”
“The same courtesy is extended to Philippine Government aircraft when technical stops need to be undertaken,” he said.
Presidential Spokesman Secretary Harry Roque said, according to CAAP, no movement of passengers was made outside the terminal building.
“As per records of the CAAP, the Chinese aircraft made a technical stop in Davao City on June 8 for mere refueling. Relevant government agencies closely coordinated for the aircraft’s refueling, which followed established procedures,” Roque said.