A lot of country considers Mindanao as a home for terrorist groups like the “Abu Sayyaf”. But not all people living in Mindanao are considered as Muslim terrorist. Being a victim of the circumstances, many of them needs help and assistance. The “USNS Mercy“, a US Navy ship on a humanitarian medical mission helps a lot of countries that they visit. They included the Philippines as one of the countries that they could help with there medical mission.
“A U.S. helicopter on a humanitarian mission in the Philippines apparently was shot at, prompting the Navy to temporally halt the mission, a defense official said Monday.
An MH-60 helicopter operating from USNS Mercy hospital ship had gone to pick up 11 passengers about 50 miles inland, and two bullet holes were found when the aircraft returned to the ship with the passengers.
“The holes appear to be an entry and exit point from a single bullet,” said Cmdr. Jeff A. Davis, a Navy spokesman.
It is unclear if the bullet struck while the passengers were on the helicopter, he said. There were no injuries and the aircraft’s commander was unaware of any bullet striking the aircraft during the flight, Davis said”; as reported at associated press.
The incident occurred at Cotabato. Nobody really knew who did the shooting. Nobody got hurt from the incident but extra caution were implemented.
“The Mercy heads next to eastern Samar province, where it plans to treat 12,000 patients, and is to arrive Sunday in Manila”; as said by iht.com.
The mission must go on, thanks to the heroism of the crew of “USNS Mercy” aid is on our way.
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