The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) assailed the reported presence off the coast of Masbate of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone owned by the US. The drone was found by fishermen on January 6.
The CPP said the drone was being used for counterinsurgency purposes, such as spying on the revolutionary movement. The Party also lambasted the Aquino regime for allowing the US to engage in intelligence operations in the Philippines, which is a clear violation of the country’s sovereignty.
The US drone, which is a BQM-74E Chukar III model crashed off the coast of Sitio Tacdugan, San Jacinto in Masbate. The same was confirmed by the US embassy, which said that the downed vehicle was a US Naval surveillance drone used in military trainings.
The CPP pointed out that this was not the first incident that a drone was used in the country. On February 2, 2012, the US reportedly used surveillance drones before bombing a lair of suspected terrorists in Parang, Jolo, Sulu.
Also in Masbate in 2009, a number of police and military officers in the province witnessed the launch of a US drone on the island. The drone, however, was damaged and later crashed.