Suspected US drone found floating in Philippines
MANILA (AP) - Philippine navy officials say a suspected American drone has been found floating in the ocean off a central province, prompting them to deploy a ship with ordnance experts after fishermen reported the object may have been a bomb.
Philippine navy officer Captain Jason Rommel Galang says the 3-meter orange BQM-74e drone marked "Navy" was found by a Filipino diver and fishermen off Masbate Island on Sunday and has been turned over to local navy authorities.
Capt Galang says it's not clear why the drone ended up off Masbate.
US Embassy spokeswoman Bettina Malone said on Monday that efforts were under way to determine if the unmanned aerial vehicle, which was unarmed, was one of those used in American military air target training exercises and why it was in Masbate waters.