Syrian rebels free Philippine peacekeepers—military

MANILA, Philippines — Syrian rebels Sunday freed four Filipino peacekeepers five days after seizing them at an observation post in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military’s chief spokesman said.

 

In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a man reads a statement as four abducted Filipino UN peacekeepers are seen in Daraa, Syria, on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP

“They have been released. They are now in the custody of the commander of the Philippine battalion in the Golan Heights,” Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan told AFP.

 

INQUIRER.net sources identified the four as Captain Arlis Jardin, Staff Sergeant Florendo Sosa, Sergeant Raul Holanda and Corporal Emmanuel Herrera

 

“They were released at around  8 a.m. Sunday Syrian time or 2 p.m. here in Manila,” Major Demy Zagala, AFP public affairs office chief, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

According to Zagala, the four Filipino peacekeepers are already in the custody of the commander of the Philippine Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Nolie Anquillano.

 

They will be brought to Camp Ziuoani from Position 86 for medical checkup and stress debriefing, Zagala said.

 

“The AFP is thankful for the safe release of our four peacekeepers. We salute the unfaltering courage of our four peacekeepers in facing the dangers of their mission in Golan Heights,” he also said.

 

The AFP also thanked the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for doing its best to secure the safe release of its soldiers.

 

The Filipino members of a United Nations peacekeeping force were taken by Syrian rebels on Tuesday in the tense ceasefire zone between Syria and Israel.

 

Manila had called on the Security Council to exert all efforts to ensure their safe release, and warned it may withdraw its contingent of 340 troops permanently if the UN could not adequately protect them.

 

In March, 21 Filipino soldiers were abducted by the same group and held for four days.

 

“They are fine, but as a matter of procedure they will have to undergo stress debriefing and a medical check-up,” Tutaan said of the four soldiers.

 

“We are happy that this has been resolved and the soldiers have been released and seemingly unharmed,” he added.

 

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The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has been monitoring a ceasefire in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria since 1974.

 

The ceasefire zone has become increasingly dangerous because of the two-year-old Syrian civil war, which has cost more than 70,000 lives.

 

Syrian government forces and rebels are fighting inside the area. Shells from the Syrian side have been hitting Israeli-held territory and Israel’s military has been firing back.

 

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday told reporters the Philippines may soon pull out of UNDOF entirely because of the mounting security concerns.

 

“The people that abducted our peacekeepers were actually under siege and they are using our people to get themselves out of the situation they find themselves in. That thing is not for us,” del Rosario said.

 

“We don’t want to expose our people any further, any more than we need to,” he said.

The Syrian rebel group, which calls itself the “Yarmuk Martyrs’ Brigade”, had said it was holding the four peacekeepers “for their own safety”.

 

UNDOF numbers about 1,000 peacekeepers and civilian staff from Austria, India, Morocco, Moldova and the Philippines. With a report from Nikko Dizon, PDI

 

 

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  • $18209031

    UN volunteers. dont expect to be saved in hot spots like the Golan Heights. You will be cannon fodder s only. UN has no heavy hitters to back you up. Parang sekyu ka lang dyan , very limited ang magagawa mo based on their rules of engagement. You are only observers and instructed not to shoot . Your weapons are only for self defense but most unlkely you cannot use it or you be shot dead by overwhelming enemy force. Hands up ka na lang at magpapaawa.

    • 33Sam

      EXACTLY!!!

      THE OPERATIVE WORD IS F-O-D-D-E-R!!!

      MEAT GRINDER FILLING!!!

      COLLATERAL DAMAGE DONE ON PURPOSE!!!!

      THEY ARE DESPERATE TO CAUSE ANY AND ALL FALSE FLAG TO GET PEOPLE PI$$ED OFF TO GO TO WAR FOR THEIR CRONY ELITIST AS$ES..

      • rlo

        I’m sure a brave little soldier like you can handle the pressure. Sure.

      • 33Sam

        AND I’M SURE YOU’RE A BRAINLESS FCUK THAT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT!!

      • rlo

        Did the Bildeberg Group reveal anything to you yet about their plans? Novus Ordo Secolorum?

      • 33Sam

        Yeah sure, they texted my RFID chip and now I’m robo-trolling on their behalf!

        Look, the information gets around. While we are in the infowar stage, this is the best time to get this information out. There will come a time when it will all be too late. Too many asleep.

        FYI OPRAH WINFREY IS A BILLIONAIRES CLUB MEMBER ALONG WITH Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg! — gathered in New York to discuss the “disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat” your continued existence poses to the global elite. Gates and Buffett in particular have donated huge sums of money for population control.

      • rlo

        El mano detras de mano. Do you have a “go bag”? You should prepare one. I’m thinking if la mierda golpea el ventilador! You’ll be like Denzel Washington in the film The Book of Eli. You’ll be a bad-ass mofo alone in the wind boy. If I were you, you should seriously consider laying low with all this info lest they send in someone to shut you down. Them Illuminati is serious folks boy! They’ll get Beyonce to bust you up.

      • 33Sam

        Yup but nothing ventured is nothing gained..that’s what they want you to be.. AFRAID OF THEM!!! WE ARE ALL DEAD IF WE DO NOTHING!!!

      • rlo

        Good. So now. Where do you live BTW?

      • 33Sam

        Planet Earth…

      • rlo

        Aw c’mon. Be nice. What’s your address? Don’t make it hard for my brothers.

      • zdrx

        his address? he lives within his mind, where different sets of realities exists. somewhere between the 5th dimension and the 12th of never.

      • 33Sam

        THEY DO THAT (SHUT PEOPLE DOWN) ON FACEBOOK, WHICH THIS ISN’T. HOW MANY PEOPLE REALLY WATCH THIS WEBSITE’S THREADS?? GRANTED THEY ARE RECORDING ALL OF THIS, EVERYTHING YOU AND I DO, ON YOUR CELL PHONE ON YOUR LAPTOP, THEY KNOW WHERE YOU GO WHAT YOU SAY AND WHOM YOU SAY IT TO. THIS WHOLE WEBSITE (LIKE THE REST OF THEM) IS JUST A DELPHI TECHNIQUE TO SPY ON WHAT PEOPLE SAY. ITS A COAX-NUDGE TO SEE WHAT OUR MINDSETS ARE ABOUT. ITS ALL SPYING!!!! SO FAR ITS ONLY BEEN MINDLESS SHEEP BAAA-BAAAA. NOTHING I’VE SAID IS REALLY NEW TO THESE PEOPLE. ITS JUST NEW HERE TO THIS ETHNIC DEMOGRAPHIC..

        AGAIN WE ARE ALL DEAD IF WE DON’T WAKE UP!!! ITS COMING DOWN THE PIKE. DAMNED IF WE DO..MAYBE THEY WILL GIVE UP AND GO AWAY BUT IF WE DON’T SAY ANYTHING, WE LOSE AS WELL.

        LIKE WILLIAM WALLACE SAID:

        Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

  • 33Sam

    NEWS IS CIRCULATING ABOUT SYRIA HAVING BEEN NUKED WITH A NUCLEAR WEAPON THIS MONTH OF EARLY MAY 2013 NEAR DAMASCUS. SYRIA REPORTING RADIATION BURNS BUT CLAIMING ITS FROM DU.

    • rlo

      The Illuminati will surely be upset about your revelations. They don’t like it when their plans are exposed by the likes of you. The plans of the Bildeberg Group must not be revealed. The freemason members of the Alawite sect of Bashar Al Assad will bring this war throughout the middle east.

      • 33Sam

        Too bad for them now isn’t it..I’m not the only one who is saying these things. Just making sure the people who read these threads wake up to the reality. Too much colonial mentality disneyland mickey mouse small world after all bullcrap milkf@rt fawning over kindergarten perceptions of the way things are while the globalist eugenicists control even the owners of this website. Central Asia is due for a drastic population reduction and then they work on the rest of the world. Filipino leaders getting bought off just like Hitler bought off the French Generals..

        Note. Kissinger wrote in his book “NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND FOREIGN POLICY” for the Council on Foreign Relations, that nuclear war will be around the “periphery of Turkey.” So where are all these middle east nations?

        AND KISSINGER’S BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 1957.

      • rlo

        Das ist gut, kleiner Junge. Dumm wenig ficken.

      • 33Sam

        Who you d!cks try to kid, flipped d!ck, you did the opposite

        You stayed the same, cause c0ck backwards is still c0ck, you pr!cks..

        I love it when I tell em shove it..

      • rlo

        It must be hard to hold a one dollar bill and not get mad or seeing those freemason bumper stickers! And going to Catholic Churches and find illuminati symbolism or finding out that William Wallace (a.ka. Braveheart) is most likely Knights Templar, the suspected progenitor of the organized Masonry, whom you so thoughtfully quoted to refer to your aspirations of freedom.

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