Quantcast
Latest Stories

DFA cites 22 hero peacekeepers


Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs paid tribute to the country’s “fallen heroes”—22 military and police personnel who died in the line of duty as members of United Nations peacekeeping missions worldwide—on Tuesday on the occasion of International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said 22 Filipino military, police and civilian personnel had perished over the years while helping the UN maintain the peace in conflict areas from as near as Cambodia and East Timor to as far as the Sudan and Haiti.

“Today, we remember our 22 fallen heroes, most especially Joseph Ubaldo and Charles Uy of the UN missions in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively, who were among the 112 men and women peacekeepers who died in the line of duty last year as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease,” Del Rosario said.

The foreign secretary said the commemoration was not only about those who died in the line of duty but also those who continued to serve the cause of peace—thousands of others from the 116 UN member-states, including the Philippines.

“We also pay tribute to the more than 120,000 peacekeepers currently serving in 17 UN mission areas who work selflessly with great courage and under the most difficult of conditions to help lay the foundations for peace and security in conflict areas of the globe,” he said.

For its part, the Philippine military on Thursday honored more than 600 Filipino peacekeepers deployed around the globe in celebration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

In a statement, the Armed Forces of the Philippines praised the peacekeepers for their “unwavering dedication and courage” in serving overseas.

“The UN Peacekeepers Day marks a very significant event as the AFP pays homage to the efforts exerted by our peacekeepers who continue to propagate peace in foreign lands,” said General Jessie Dellosa, the AFP chief of staff.

“Let this remind us of our commitment to the United Nations as our peace initiatives are not only limited to the Philippines but to the rest of the world,” Dellosa said.

The AFP said it had 638  personnel deployed to nine UN peacekeeping sites around the world.

These include three contingents in Liberia, Haiti and the Golan Heights, and 35 military observers, staff and other postings in seven countries.

Since 2003, the military has deployed company-size units of clerks, soldiers and equipment in support of the UN mandate in Liberia.

In 2004, the Philippines sent out its first peacekeepers in response to a request by the UN for personnel, equipment and services for the stabilization mission in Haiti. Jerry E. Esplanada and DJ Yap


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: DFA , Foreign affairs , International Day of UN Peacekeepers , Military , Police



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • UN heads say Syria aid needs ‘largely unanswered’
  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
  • UK woman held for murder after children’s bodies found
  • Washington calls S. Sudan violence an ‘abomination’
  • Abducted soldier freed in Compostela Valley
  • Sports

  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • UST posts twin kill in Filoil pre-season cup opening day
  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Summer movie preview: Bay reboots ‘Transformers’
  • Business

  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • $103M Vista Land bonds tendered for redemption
  • Oil slips to $102 as US crude supplies seen rising
  • SC stops Meralco power rate hike anew
  • Technology

  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • China won’t budge, wants PH gov’t to apologize to HK
  • Cha cha train to follow Obama visit?
  • No word yet on inking of US-PH defense pact during Obama visit
  • Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  • Marketplace