Australian military plane lands in Davao City

Che Che Diabordo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2018 06:16 PM

DAVAO CITY - An aircraft of the Australian military landed here Friday morning to unload supplies as its training with Philippine troops continued. 

A C17 aircraft with tail number A41-213 arrived at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport around 10:30 a.m.

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Around 39 Australian personnel aboard the plane brought out three container vans- a 10-footer and 2 wing vans- which were received by soldiers from the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division under the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom).

"This is in relation [to the] continuous training na kino-conduct ng (being conducted by) Australian defense forces with our troops in urbanized training," said EastMinCom spokesperson Major Ezra Balagtey.

He said the container vans carried items to be used for joint military exercises between the Philippine and Australian armies.

Balagtey said equipment will be transported to Mawab in Compostela Valley where the military drills are being held.

The Australian plane flew back to Clark in Pampanga around 1 p.m.

Last month, a Chinese aircraft also landed in Davao City to refuel before returning to China.

-- with a report from Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News