The Daily Manila Shimbun


Bombs, rockets from US arrive for replenish resources: Lorenzana 

July 4, 2017

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Tuesday the acquisition of bombs and rockets from United States. “We sent a C130 to bring them here. These are ammunition for aircraft, not ammunition for the firearms” Lorenzana said. “Even before Marawi happened we have stockpile of rockets and bombs which we were able to deplete, which ran out because of Marawi. So it’s just normal for us to stockpile again so for other purposes. It’s not just for Marawi as the (conflict in) Marawi is nearing its end,” he added. Lorenzana did not give details about the cost as well as how many bombs and rockets were transported by the C130 of the Philippine Air Force but he said the transport plane arrived in the country last week. In a press release, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said a C130 aircraft with tail number 5011 arrived in Clark Air Base in Pampanga last July 1. “The flight is considered as one of the longest transpacific flight done by the airlifters,” the Air Force said, emphasizing the aircraft was able to fly almost 14,000 nautical miles. According to the Philippine Air Force. the delegation led by its aircraft commander Col. Stephen Parreno, deputy wing commander of 220th Airlift Wing flew to Tucson, Arizona last June 23. “The team made stopovers at Guam, Wake Island, Hawaii, Point Mogu before finally reaching Tuczon, Arizona,” it said. (Robina Asido/DMS)