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Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg pours champagne on the nose of a Philippine Air Force C-130T cargo plane acquired through the U.S. Excess Defense Articles (EDA) during a formal turnover ceremony at Villamor Air Base in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on his state visit to Beijing last week, announced that his country is separating from the U.S. after handing China a major diplomatic victory. On Monday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affair Daniel Russel said that Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about the government's intentions have sparked consternation in the U.S. and other governments and in the corporate world.

MANILA, Philippines — The second C-130 cargo plane that the Philippines acquired from the United States was officially turned over to the Philippine Air Force on Monday. The C-130 heavy-lift transport aircraft arrived at the Benito Ebuen Air Base in Mactan, Cebu last October 10. The plane is the fifth C-130 aircraft of the Philippine Air Force. During the turnover ceremony at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, outgoing US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said that the C-130 planes symbolize the strength of the partnership between the Philippines and the US.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana noted that the importance of the aircraft was seen during relief missions for Typhoon Lawin, according to a report from ABS-CBN News. Lorenzana also thanked the US for co-funding the acquisition of the C-130 planes. The Philippines acquired two C-130 planes through the US Excess Defense Articles for P1.6 billion under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

source:www.philstar.com

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