PH rescue team lands in earthquake-battered Turkey — OCD

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The 83-man Philippine rescue team has already arrived in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday, the Office of Civil Defense announced. | JEMendozaINQ

The contingent rescue team from different agencies conducts a readiness inspection in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Tuesday before heading to Turkey. John Eric Mendoza/

MANILA, Philippines — The 83-man Philippine rescue team has already arrived in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday, the Office of Civil Defense announced. OCD Joint Information Center head Diego Agustin Mariano said the plane landed at 12:08 pm, Philippine time.Initially, the Philippine contingent consisted of 87 men but four had issues in documentation.

“There were 87 original personnel given to [Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.], but two from the OCD did not join due to lack of travel documents and the latest two from the MMDA did not also join also because of lack of documents,” Mariano told


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