- iHaveNet.com: Asia
By Bernadette Carreon
Philippines officials claim to have recovered an American reconnaissance drone in the waters off Masbate island in the central Philippines.
Deputy Commander of naval forces Captain Rommel Galang said that Manila has informed about the discovery to U.S. embassy, adding that it will eventually transfer 3.65 meter (12-foot) drone to them after investigations.
The police said that local fishermen informed them about the discovery, considering it as an unusual object, containing bomb, still they brought it to the coast, provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Heriberto Olitoquit said.
"A technical evaluation determined that the object is one Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)," Olitoquit told reporters.
The police later handed over the drone to the Philippine Navy for further investigations. In a statement to AFP, Deputy Commander of naval forces Captain Rommel Galang said that drone may have been floating for quite some time.
"We will first study this drone but initially it appears to be a UAV used largely in reconnaissance," he added. He further said that the serial number inscribed on it indicates it as an American drone.
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