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RP-US Military Exercise cancelled
25 Jan 2001-Clark Field, Philippines
US Military forces participating in the 2nd Visiting Forces Agreement US-RP joint military exercise
have withdrawn from the former Clark Air Base because of the political crisis that ousted former
President Estrada.

No word if it will be rescheduled.

Wednesday, December 6 4:52 PM SGT 

Philippines Dept of Tourism Asked to Explain Clark Air Base Airport's Role
ANGELES CITY, Dec 6 Asia Pulse - The Philippines Department of Tourism (DoT) 
to has been asked by a multi-sectoral organization to clarify whether Clark International Airport (CIA) 
is operating as a normal international passenger terminal. Ruperto Cruz, chairman of the Pinoy Gumising 
Ka Movement (PGKM), asked DoT regional director Ronaldo Tiotuico to explain why there have been no 
regular flights yet at the mothballed CIA.

Cruz took issue with the DoT for advertising the thrice-weekly flights to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur 
from CIA starting last month as "regular flights" when these are actually chartered flights in advance.

These flights are limited to group tours only,Cruz added.

"You cannot go to Clark airport and buy tickets instantly 
if you want to leave the country," he said.

Cruz also said the publicity over the planned Clark-Hongkong flights organized by Ramona Ty,
former Angeles city tourism Office (ATO) chief, was a throwback to l996 when maiden flights 
took off from Clark to Hong Kong every year.

"I called upon DoT not to deceive the public by announcing that the Clark airport 
is now in operation with regular flights,"Cruz said.

He said PGKM chairman also criticized news reports that the Philippine Airlines would start 
regular flights between Hongkong and the Subic Airport in Zambales instead Clark airport 
which he described as better and bigger even that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

PGKM, with the support of San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto and the Young lawyers Group 
of Angeles City have reiterated their call to the President to develop the Clark Airport 
for the economic growth and industrial development in the Central Luzon region.



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