The BQM-74E found near the Philippines was lost 2,500 kilometers away, off Guam, the previous December. Back then the UAV had been launched from a destroyer to be used for target practice but something went wrong with its guidance system and the navy could not find it. The UAV was believed lost but actually landed intact and then drifted over 2,000 kilometers until it reached the Philippines.
In the Philippines leftist politicians and media accused the U.S. of using the UAV to spy on leftist rebels who are negotiating a peace deal with the government. The BQM-74 has never been used for taking photos, but a good journalist does not let something like that get in the way of a good story.