outbrain
Close  

Military: No US drone strike in PH in 2006

/ 07:08 PM July 09, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The military on Monday denied that the United States conducted a drone strike in 2006 in an attempt to kill Indonesian terrorist Omar Patek.

“That’s against the law, the US does not participate in (actual) military operations here in the Philippines,” military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said.

ADVERTISEMENT

In the story of Mark Mazzeti title “The Drone Zone,”  which appeared on the Sunday magazine of the New York Times, it reported that a predator drone fired a “barrage of Hellfire missiles,” in the jungle of the Philippines” to kill Patek.

“They only do sharing of information, training but other than that none,” Burgos said.

FEATURED STORIES

Meanwhile, in an interview with reporters, then military chief retired General Hermogenes Esperon Jr., also denied the drone attacks, but  said surveillance was conducted at that time.

“We deployed surveillance aircrafts but not the predator drone,” he said in a phone interview.

He added that he did not know of any air strikes conducted by the United States in 2006.

Although US troops worked with Philippine military in 2006 through Joint Special Task Group in Jolo, Esperon said that they only performed non-combatant roles. Frances Mangosing

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Balikatan, Features, Global Nation, international terrorism, Jolo, Omar Patek, US drone strike
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.