The toll of a dramatic accident in the Philippines on Sunday is still unknown, but fortunately there are survivors. A military plane carrying at least 85 people has crashed in the south of the country, the armed forces chief said.
So far, 15 people have been rescued from the burning aircraft, a C-130, which crashed while trying to land on Jolo Island in Sulu province. “Help is there, we pray that we can save more lives,” added General Cirilito Sobejana.
Fight against terrorism
Many of the passengers had recently received basic military training and were sent to the island as part of a joint counterterrorism task force in the predominantly Muslim region.
The army is very present in the South of the Philippines because of the presence of the Islamist organization Abou Sayyaf, considered as a terrorist organization by Washington. It is made up of a network of activists to whom bloody terrorist attacks and kidnappings of foreign tourists and Christian missionaries are attributed.