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A US spy plane has been spotted over Marawi City and a top military official has confirmed that the Philippine military has received technical assistance thru surveillance from the US military.

In a report from Associated Press, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla was quoted as confirming the surveillance assistance after a US navy aircraft, a P3 Orion was seen by an Associated Press journalist and photographer hovering over the besieged city last Friday. Here’s a tweet by GMA News reporter Raffy Tima.

Here’s the video showing the spy aircraft.

Here’s his latest tweet showing this photo below…

The P3 Orion is a top surveillance aircraft which was first used in the 1960s and has undergone many improvements and variants over the years.

Here are some features of the P-3C Orion.

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