Aircraft from the Philippine Air Force have flown multiple times since dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was ousted 36 years ago, contrary to a claim in a viral TikTok video that they only reappeared at this year’s Philippine independence day celebration.
The uploader, queenthings8, credited PAF’s reappearance to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) in the comments section.
PAF records show that its aircraft had flown over 145,000 hours between 2002 and 2007. It had also made several flybys in national ceremonies, exercises and military operations from Marcos’ ouster in February 1986 to the beginning of Duterte’s term in 2016.
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