UN cites Filipino peacekeepers


MANILA, Philippines—The latest batch of Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights received medals from the United Nations (UN) in recognition of their service to peace and security in the troubled Middle East region.

The peacekeepers—the fifth contingent —received their medals Thursday, barely three months after being deployed under the UN Disengagement Observer Force (Undof).

“The awarding of medals to contingents in the Golan Heights is symbolic and a token of appreciation given by the UN to contingents for their contribution to the maintenance of peace and security in the region,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

The Philippine contingent forms part of the UN peacekeeping force composed of troops from Austria, Canada, Croatia, India and Japan.

These troops have been tasked by the UN Security Council with maintaining the ceasefire and supervising the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the so-called areas of separation and limitation between the two parties.

Lt. Col. Ramon Estella, commanding officer of the Philippine battalion, led his troops during the medal parade.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso Calonge and Maj. Gen. Natalio Ecarma III, head of mission and Undof force commander, were special guests.

The Philippine contingent was deployed in February 2012 and will finish its tour of duty in August 2012.

The DFA said the deployment of Philippine troops to the Golan Heights, especially amid the so-called Arab Spring, was a challenge and a test to their courage and endurance.

Since the 1950s, the Philippines has sent peacekeepers to Korea, Congo, Afghanistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Darfur, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Kashmir, Kosovo, Nepal, Sudan and Timor Leste.

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  • Anonymous

    he wanted to discuss greenbase with la gloria, so she saw it fit to be in green pyjamas i guess coz the country got nothing but green bananas in the end. he could have just shot her CIC right then and there if he had a better plan and the people would have been more grateful to him. you have to grab every opportunity you can get, once it’s gone . . . it will come back to haunt you . . .just like the green pajamas!

  • laguar

    Aren’t we Filipinos just great. On the one hand, we get a UN citation for being peacekeepers; on the other hand, China is accusing us of war mongering. Inside the country itself, one is either yellow liveried or not. Will somebody do a four-leaf clover determination of what we are?

  • bongwater420

    when i read the title, “UN cites Filipino peacekeepers” I thought that the filipinos commited something illegal or did something wrong in the line of duty. lol.  Author probably meant “awarded” instead of the pejorative citation

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  • isbuk02

    I am very proud of our Armed Forces!

  • Leonguerrero

    Congratulations to Lt. Col. Ramon Estella and his entire battalion. Keep up the good work and make us Filipinos proud!

  • WeAry_Bat

    Reminds me of the Philippine peacekeeping mission many years back who had to subsist on sardines from morning to evening and everyday.  Turns out, part of their funds had been diverted.

    I hope it won’t be the same for the recent peacekeeping missions.  And congrats to the ones cited.

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