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JOLO, SULU- Despite the poor weather condition enroute and a short notice, the N-22 Nomad with tail number 68 took off at Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on 27 March 2017 to Jolo where they picked up the three (3) Malaysian kidnap victims who were recently rescued by the government forces. The rescued Malaysian nationals were transported to Zamboanga for debriefing and turnover.
Malaysian boat crew members Mohammad Jumadil Rahim, Mohammad Ridzuan Bin Ismail and Fandy Bin Bakran were taken by the rebels on July 19 2016. They were safely rescued by the government forces after a series for combat operations, both in land and sea against the rebel forces in Mindanao.
The N-22 aircraft is piloted by MAJ CARLO MAGNO RIBAYA PAF and 1LT JANICE M LAUDE PAF of the 220th Airlift Wing. At present, the Wing has three (3) N-22. These aircraft are deployed in Palawan and in Zamboanga. It performs maritime patrol over the West Philippine Sea, assists in the combat operations and transports VIPs and operational requirements in the different islands of Mindanao. It could land in short and unprepared runways making it very efficient not just in assisting military operations and patrolling but also in conducting humanitarian response to the farthest islands of Mindanao – Sibutu and Mapun to name a few. Through the thrust of the Wing commander, 220th Airlift Wing, BGEN NICHOLAS C PARILLA AFP, the Nomads are ensured to always be in Full Mission Capable, ready to respond to the requirements of the AFP and the Filipino people.