Freed 21 Filipino peacekeepers want to continue tour of duty – AFP


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 – The 21 Filipino peacekeepers recently freed by Syrian rebels after almost four days of captivity in Golan Heights are willing to continue their tour of duty, the military said Monday.

Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the 21 have yet to undergo psychological debriefing but have so far did not indicate intentions of going back home.

The 300-plus Army contingent left the country in November last year for the United Nations mission in Golan Heights that would last between six and nine months.

Burgos said the result of the debriefing is important as it will determine if the military should recall the troops.

He added that the Armed Forces of the Philippines “will know from the soldiers what their plans are after the psychological tests.”

The 21 unarmed peacekeepers were abducted during a logistics run last Wednesday in the village of Jamlah by Syrian rebels who demanded a pull out of the troops there.

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  • generalproblem

    ayaw na umuwi maganda nga naman kita nila dun at least pag namatay sila malaki makukuha nila sa UN at sa afp. pag naabush sila nga npa o abu sayyaf eh liit ng makukuha ng family. saka malaki ang allowance ng mga UN peacekeepers sarap pa tsibog nila kesa sa afp puro sardinas. ok mga sir tuloy nyo yan maganda yan

    • carlorocci

      Sarcasm at its best. Laki nga ng problema mo. hahahaha.
      Totoo nga naman….hahahaha.

  • Rene V

    totoo iyan pero naandiyan na kaya pangatawanan na ang ginawa nila. it takes guts to be unarmed in the middle of two or even three warring groups just to be the barrier separating them from clawing at each other to fulfill the UN mandate for peace. what  wonderful words and actions  for a world that is never at peace. my respects to ALL Filipino soldiers.

  • Pitbulldog

    …and is it true that peacekeepers receive around 5000 dollars daw in allowances aside from their Philippine pay pa?  Iyan ang sabi ng nila.  

    • Rene V

      you have any problem with some compensation? do you pay your employees fair wages?  masama ba ang loob mo sa kinikita ng mga troops natin? hindi naman ikaw ang nag papasweldo sa mga iyan ikaw pa ang masama ang loob, ayon sa sinusulat mo. can YOU do the work they are doing? then ask a question about their compensation as if this bleeds you to death…were you not given your needs as a child?

  • billy gunner

    unarmed peacekeepers? they are supposed to keep the peace in a anarchic area but how can they do it without a gun? as they say, some respects the badge, but everybody respects the gun!

  • innit1

    They get good money. Why go home.

    PDI, any news about the Filipino man who was murdered in Nigeria along with other 5 foreign nationals:????

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    dengerous jobs!!

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