US embassy: Drone not used for surveillance-A A +A
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
THE United States embassy has clarified that the aerial target drone found in the waters off Masbate was not used for surveillance purposes.
Tina Malone, spokesperson of the US embassy, said the drone was only used for training purposes as air defense target.
Senior Inspector Kim Espineli, chief of police of San Jacinto confirmed in a radio report Monday that they received information of a crashed unmanned aircraft used by the United States military found in Sitio Tacdugan, Barangay Bagahanglad, in San Jacinto town.
The drone, a model BQM-74E Chuckar III, was discovered by fishermen Jolly Llacer and Ricky Cantoria drifting in the waters off Masbate which they later turned over to the authorities for fear that it was a bomb.
The item will be turned over to the Philippine Navy. (Sunnex with wire reports)