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The aircraft from 99 Squadron touched down at Cebu Airport after its mammoth 25-hour trip from RAF Brize Norton carrying 3 rough-terrain JCBs.
British Ambassador to the Philippines, Asif Ahmad, said:
The arrival of this equipment means that the promises the British government made to the people of the Philippines have become real.
Mr Ahmad stressed that although a lot of medicine and food had arrived from across the world, what was lacking was machinery to unblock roads to allow aid to get to where it is most needed.
He added that red tape for the landing of the C-17 had been swept aside by the islands’ head of state, President Aquino, who gave the RAF’s mission his personal seal of approval.
Representing the president at the airfield was General Roy Deveraturda, the region’s senior military commander, who thanked the RAF and the British people for their contribution to the disaster relief operation.