US Military Pulls Out Equipments From Mindanao

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    US military pulls out equipment in Zambo
    By Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star)
    Updated October 9, 2016 - 12:00am


    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – US military units deployed here have begun pulling out some of their equipment, including transport vehicles.

    The aviation security police confirmed the arrival of the US C-17 transport plane at the Zamboanga International Airport on Tuesday that picked up some service vehicles and equipment of the American troops.

    Police Aviation Security Group chief Senior Insp. Roderick Salem said American security personnel have been securing the cargoes and service vehicles near the control tower and loaded it on the C-17 Globe Master which immediately flew out.

    Salem said the US military coordinated the arrival of the transport plane with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). However, it did not specify the schedule for security reasons.

    Officials from the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) declined to comment on the reported pullout of the equipment. The US embassy in Manila also did not issue a statement.

    The US military under the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) ended its mission last February 2015 and pulled out its troops who were deployed on rotation basis for 13 years, providing technical assistance and training to their Filipino counterparts.

    However, the US military retained some of its personnel on liaison basis while leaving some service and equipment.

    Earlier this month, President Duterte said he wants US military forces out of Mindanao and blamed America for inflaming local Muslim insurgencies in the region.

    Duterte also said he would not allow government forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal reached with the US military earlier this year.

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