26 stranded foreigners in Zamboanga City brought to Manila via military aircraft

Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2020 11:17 PM

A total of 26 stranded foreign nationals were transported from Zamboanga City to Manila on Wednesday, the military said.

The foreigners, consisting of American, French, Canadian, German, Arabian, Korean and Taiwanese nationals, were transported through a Philippine Air Force C-295 plane.

Before they boarded the plane, they were required to present complete documents, including a health certificate stating that they do not bear any symptoms related to COVID-19 and are fit to travel.

Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Arvin John Encinas said proper coordination was made by the national agency before the foreigners were brought to Manila.

These foreigners could not fly out of the country because of the travel restrictions imposed by the government due to the coronavirus disease pandemic.

The aircraft also transported medical supplies, cargo, and stranded military and civilian personnel from Metro Manila to Zamboanga City on the same day.

The medical supplies are intended for Western Mindanao.

WestMinCom Chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said that they will continue to provide transportation assistance amid this crisis.