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Philippines mulls pullout of Syria peacekeepers


MANILA, Philippines— Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Friday that he has recommended to President Benigno Aquino III the pull out all Filipino UN peacekeepers from the Golan Heights following the abduction of four by Syrian rebels, the second such incident in two months.

Del Rosario said the government believes the exposure of the country’s 342 peacekeepers “is beyond tolerable limits.”

Aquino will have the final say in the matter. It is not clear when the decision will be made.

“We have sent a recommendation to the President and as soon as he says go, we will undertake to do that as soon as possible,” del Rosario told reporters.

He added: “We have to worry about the safety of our people … we don’t want to unnecessarily expose our people there.”

Syrian rebels seized the four peacekeepers along the UN-patrolled demarcation line separating the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syria on Tuesday, only two months after 21 Filipino peacekeepers were abducted and held for three days by the rebels in the same area.

A video emerged online Thursday that purportedly shows the abducted peacekeepers, who appeared unhurt. A bearded man, believed to be with a group called the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, read out a statement saying the peacekeepers had been moved to another location for their own safety as fighting raged between Syrian government troops and rebels.

The statement did not specify where the peacekeepers were being held, nor conditions for their release.

The Yarmouk Brigades also was behind the March abduction.

“We are also aware of the fact that negotiations are also being undertaken with the group that has allegedly abducted these peacekeepers. We contend on the other hand that abduction of peacekeepers is a violation of international law,” del Rosario said.

“If you look at the situation there, the people that abducted the peacekeepers were actually under siege and they were using our people to be able to get them out of the situation that they found themselves in. And that’s not healthy for us,” he said.

Nearly 1,000 UN peacekeepers are patrolling the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. Other major contributors are India and Austria. Croatia has recently withdrawn its contingent.


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Tags: Armed conflict , DFA , Golan Heights , UN peacekeepers , United Nations

  • mrsimpatiko

    wag nyong ipull out! mga duwagg!

    • 33Sam

      Pull out!!! DON’T SUPPORT A BOGUS WAR!!!

  • Yanong_OFW

    hindi yan papayag ang ang mga Pinoy na PeaceKeepers na mag pull out mawala ang allowance nila..malaki pa naman ang bigayan dyan kasi malaki ang risk..LOL

  • Gastig

    Hindi ba kasama sa tungkulin nila yan? Pauwiin niyo na rin ang mga MMDA at baka masagasaan ng bus o magka lung cancer…….at mga pulis at baka mabaril ng mga carnapper.

    Go with the UN’s recommendation. Wag namang tayo pa ang maunang aatras.

  • foreignerph

    When the goings get tough, the PH chickens out as usual, and as in Iraq. It’s so much easier to shoot to kill at an unarmed fishing vessel and applaud yourself for bravery.

    • 33Sam

      You don’t know the facts that these wars, in Iraq, Libya, and now Syria are all false flag wars created by the U.S. and NATO, basically the goon puppets of the globalist eugenicists who control the planet and have created wars funding both sides of every war for over several centuries to create a divide and conquer effect, so they can loan war torn countries money, control the country’s politics, natural resources and peoples.

      Sending peace keepers to these fake wars is stupid at best. George Bush lied about WMD’s with Cheney and all the gangster mobs like Rumsfeld to go into Iraq, take the oil to be given to their crony oil companies like Halliburton and killing over 1,000,000 innocent Iraqis men women and children. The crony news media like CNN, CBS, NBC reporting fake stories about “freedom fighters” is all bullsh!t! The same in Libya with that jacka$$ Richard Engel concocting fake news reports out of Libya. Now in Syria, its another Obama Hillary, Biden, John Brennan, Patrick Kennedy NATO CIA et al fake war where their puppets AL QAEDA are going into Syria and killing more innocent people, Muslims and Christians, so these globalists can slowly but surely get to their endgame goal of 90% population reduction by as many means as they can think of.

      As we speak Hillary Clit-on is being investigated at the Benghazi hearings for their sending 10,000 heat seeking missiles to Syria to be given to Al Qaeda, while Ambassador Steven and others was killed because he was in the way for the delivery of the missiles to a warehouse behind the facility that Steven was in which was not an embassy but a torture recruitment facility for Al Qaeda recruits that the CIA was fronting. A stand down to prevent the evacuation of Steven and some others was ordered. Gen Dempsey ordered the stand down under Obama. Gen, Keith Alexander ran two UAV’s so they knew what was going on the whole time. Admiral Mullen, responsible for Seal Team 6 lie that they killed Bin Laden was also involved. So if you want to talk about “cowards” you might want to make sure your facts are correct before assuming that the U.S. is the benevolent always right country and government because its run by crooks who have taken over the American population and seat of government. The fishing vessel is these same globalist crooks implementing Agenda 21 to get people used to watching foreign powers take lands and invade territories.

      So who is shooting in the dark now?

      • Mikhail Bakunin

        Excellent post. If more Filipinos think like you, we wouldn’t be the laughing stock of Asia; nah, more like of the world.

      • 33Sam

        If less people knew this information, they’d never know what an excellent post is. They’d be too busy jerking off with their left hand compliment while using their right to spoon-feed more idiots.

      • 33Sam

        you are the joke, WORM, so let’s all start laughing at you for being so dumb and ignorant..the information above comes from people in the know so obviously YOU ARE NOT IN THE KNOW… you are just another Hegelian dialectic barf bag!!!

  • quenchy

    UN Peacekeepers is one of the Philippines contribution to the UN. However, it has become apparent that the UN cannot guarantee the safety of its peacekeeping mission.

    All these past comments say that the Philippines is a coward for contemplating the pullout of its troops. Would you stay if you were one of the abducted? What would happen if just one of them were killed?

  • 33Sam

    Peacekeepers? At a fake war put on by the U.S., the CIA and NATO? Or tutas being asked to make appearances that this war is legit because the Philippines signed onto the global new world order Agenda 21 bullsh!t HYPE???



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