"For this kind of surveillance plane, it's the most modern that we have. Wala naman tayo kasi (We don't have any to begin with)," said Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the official turnover of the two aircraft at the Villamor Air Base.
The two, said Lorenzana, will be "used anywhere in the Philippines," including the West Philippine Sea, which China claims as its own.
"They will be going there once in a while to cover our areas [in the] West Philippine Sea," said the defense chief.
The turnover of the aircraft comes days after President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out against critics of his drug war – including former US president Barack Obama – during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The Cessna planes won't be the last acquisition from the Americans.
Lorenzana said the US is "giving" ScanEagles and Ravens, unmanned aerial vehicles, to the Philippine Air Force. – Rappler.com