Palace confirms another Chinese plane landed in Davao

By Michael Punongbayan, Alexis Romero | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang confirmed yesterday that another Chinese plane had landed in Davao City but clarified the aircraft followed local protocols.

The Chinese plane landed at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport minutes past noon last Saturday, according to previous reports. The landing happened two weeks after a Chinese military aircraft landed in the city and stirred speculations about China’s activities in the Philippines.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Chinese plane had a stopover in Davao City to refuel.

“(The purpose was the) same as (the purpose of the) first (landing). They stopped to refuel with all permits issued by our authorities,” Roque said in a text message.

“All licenses, permits and protocols (were) issued and observed,” the spokesman added.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also confirmed this. “Yes, we know about it and it has prior clearance to land,” he told reporters, adding that the aircraft came at noon and left around 2 p.m.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, commander of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC), said the Chinese military transport plane this time refueled on its way back to China from New Zealand.

He said there was nothing extraordinary about the incident as the Civil Aviation Authority (CVA) approved the landing and refueling. He added that it was also coordinated with the DND and that such aircraft also landed in other countries like Indonesia to refuel.

Earlier this month, an IL-76 Chinese military transport plane made a technical stop in Davao City to refuel, boosting speculation on China’s intensifying presence in the Philippines.

Officials maintained that the aircraft, which was bound for Cairns, Australia coordinated with aviation authorities and complied with procedures. They claimed that the same courtesy is extended to Philippine government planes when technical stops need to be undertaken in other countries.

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua had described notions that China is planning to invade the Philippines as “nonsense.”

“I’m really puzzled and even surprised that some of the people here (are) taking the landing of Chinese military jets as a kind of military threat to the Philippines. And even they indicated that this might be the beginning of our invasion,” the envoy told reporters in Cavite last June 12.

“Please allow me to be blunt, it’s nonsense. We have never thought of going to war with our good neighbor, our good friend that is the Philippines,” he said.  

CAB Hotline

Public Assistance 24/7



NAIA Terminal1 0919-9128457 Laoag Airport 0998-5864834
NAIA Terminal2 0919-9128458 Legaspi Airport 0919-9128461
NAIA Terminal3 0919-9128451 Mactan-Cebu T1 0919-9128464
NAIA Terminal4 0919-9128470 Mactan-Cebu T2 To be updated
Bacolod Airport 0998-5864828 Masbate Airport To be updated
Basco Airport 0998-5864829 Naga Airport 0919-9128462
Boracay Airport 0919-9128453 Ozamis Airport 0998-5864835
Busuanga Airport 0919-9128460 Pagadian Airport 0998-5864836
Butuan Airport 0998-5864830 Puerto Princessa 0998-5864837
Camiguin Airport 0998-5864831 Roxas Airport 0998-5864838
Clark Int'l. Airport 0919-9128471 Siargao Airport 0919-9128456
Davao Int'l. Airport 0919-9128469 Surigao Airport 0998-5864839
Dipolog Airport 0998-5864832 Tacloban Airport 0998-5864840
Dumaguete Airprot 0998-5864833 Tagbilaran Airport 0919-9128465
General Santos 0919-9128467 Tuguegarao Airport 0998-5864841
Iloilo Int'l. Airport 0919-9128466 Virac Airport 0919-9128463
Kalibo Int'l. Airport 0919-9128454 Zamboanga Airport 0998-5864842
Laguindingan 0919-9128468

✆ 852-8967 (CAB Legal Office)

Trunk Lines:
☎ (+632) 853-7259
☎ (+632) 854-5996

PRAD NAIA Terminal1 0919-9128457 PRAD Laguindingan 0919-9128468
PRAD NAIA Terminal2 0919-9128458 PRAD Laoag Airport 0998-5864834
PRAD NAIA Terminal3 0919-9128451 PRAD Legaspi Airport 0919-9128461
PRAD NAIA Terminal4 0919-9128470 PRAD Mactan-Cebu Int'l. 0919-9128464
PRAD Clark Int'l .Airport 0919-9128471 PRAD Naga Airport 0919-9128462
PRAD Bacolod Airport 0998-5864828 PRAD Ozamis Airport 0998-5864835
PRAD Basco Airport 0998-5864829 PRAD Pagadian Airport 0998-5864836
PRAD Boracay Airport 0919-9128453 PRAD Puerto Princessa 0998-5864837
PRAD Busuanga Airport 0919-9128460 PRAD Roxas Airport 0998-5864838
PRAD Butuan Airport 0998-5864830 PRAD Siargao Airport 0919-9128456
PRAD Camiguin Airport 0998-5864831 PRAD Surigao Airport 0998-5864839
PRAD Davao Int'l. Airport 0919-9128469 PRAD Tacloban Airport 0998-5864840
PRAD Dipolog Airport 0998-5864832 PRAD Tagbiliran Airport 0919-9128465
PRAD Dumaguete Airprot 0998-5864833 PRAD Tugeugarao Airport 0998-5864841
PRAD General Santos 0919-9128467 PRAD Virac Airport 0919-9128463
PRAD Iloilo Int'l .Airport 0919-9128466 PRAD Zamboanga Airport 0998-5864842
PRAD Kalibo Int'l. Airport 0919-9128454