Philippines to continue UN help despite abductions


Some of the 21 Filipino United Nations (UN) peacekeepers at the press conference upon their arrival at Jordanian Army Headquarters in Amman Jordan Saturday March, 9, 2012. AP

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine military officials say their country remains committed to deploying troops in UN peacekeeping hotspots despite the brief hostage-taking of 21 Filipino soldiers, who were welcomed back to freedom in Jordan with a traditional military feast.

The unarmed Filipino peacekeepers were abducted on Wednesday in southern Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights by one of the rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. After negotiations, they were freed on Saturday on Jordan’s border and taken to a hotel in Amman.

Philippine military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos says the government’s pledge to help in UN peacekeeping missions “is a global commitment” but added security will be improved for the troops’ safety.

A Filipino army major was also briefly held in the Golan Heights last January by anti-Assad rebels.

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  • Manuel_II

    Now can someone Armed them this time and order them to fight back.

  • PinoyOFW2000

    Can we send them to Sabah as UN peacekeepers…For the sake of the Filipinos being abused and mudered by Malaysia…

    • Hong Wee Cheah

       Baseless and irresponsible claim.

    • Warid Mihat

      get the fact right bro, it’s a baseless news, Innocent Filipinos are not abused or murdered in Malaysia. They are doing their business as usual… this is just a propaganda to worsen the situation. 

    • Hong Wee Cheah

      Your baseless claim is like a rapist telling the court that it is unacceptable for
      the rape victim to get an abortion and demanding her to proof to the
      court that his unborn ba$tard son is not harmed.

  • themask celestial

    Maybe we can send some Aquinos in UN instead na nagsisiksikan sila sa Pinas politics

  • salomeahmad

    OFS= Overseas Filipino Soldiers or Secues, take your pick. Like the OFW, a good source of $s for PH. This group is lucky but the next one might not be.

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