Roque: Chinese plane landed in PH to refuel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque allayed any fears over reports that a Chinese plane landed in the country last week.

In a statement Sunday, Roque said, "As per records of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Chinese aircraft made a technical stop in Davao City on June 8 for mere refuelling."

The refuelling of the plane bound for Cairns, Australia, followed "established procedures," Roque said.

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said, in a separate statement, relevant Philippine agencies received, processed, and cleared the plane's request for landing.

Go said: "Technical stops by foreign government and commercial planes, including for refuelling purposes, are closely coordinated by our relevant Government agencies following established domestic procedure and in consideration of existing agreements."

Both officials said the same courtesy was extended to Philippine Government aircrafts when technical stops need to be made.

Armed Forces Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgar Arevalo said he did not have sufficient information about the aircraft, except that it was in the country for refuelling.

"That being the case, it's perfectly a legal reason to land in our airports – with appropriate permissions, of course, from appropriate government agencies," he said.