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Manila tells UN conditions for Golan force to stay

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top diplomat has laid down conditions to the United Nations for Filipino peacekeepers to stay in the Golan Heights, including additional weapons for their protection and shorter periods of deployment in the volatile buffer region separating Israel from Syria.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said Sunday that UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous pledged in a meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario in New York that the world body will work “with all stakeholders to provide what is needed consistent with the disengagement agreement.”

A department statement says del Rosario assured Ladsous the Filipinos will stay until Aug. 11, then decide whether to stay involved, depending whether the troops get better protection. UN and US officials have warned of “maximum volatility” if the Filipinos withdraw.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZP7LGATAU6NV5ZKS7NRHRZCEE Josh

    What a complete idiot. He withholds funding for the AFP in the name of “prudent and judicious spending” and then slams the frontliners when they perform poorly. Wow. That’s like replacing the head of PAG-ASA with a geologist! Oh, wait…

  • Anonymous

    What???  President Noynoy says that there will be no hot pursuit of the murderers?

    No wonder the government soldiers are double-sad — sad at the deaths of their comrades,  and sad at the President.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TE4H3I6DLLX5UDJI3WEAIPEWFI Mike G

    He wasn’t dismayed when his aide twitted offensively towards another country, nor was he dismayed how one of his advisers would own and carry high caliber fire arms… He however was dismayed with the head of PAGASA which he quickly replaced for not predicting a storm’s path. Now his dismayed at the AFP for going after a criminal.

    I ever wonder if there’s sense to his madness

  • http://twitter.com/JeanValjean78 Jean Valjean

    stupid, pencil pushing, apathetic PNOY at his best!

  • http://twitter.com/JorBen08 ALROSE

    The questions need to be asked of the AFP COC are the following: (1) with all the millions of pesos going to military intelligence, is this resource going to the right place? (2) what was the intel report prior to going the area where the massacre happened? (3) Do the military COC has the right assets (personnel) in the area of Basilan? (4) Is Pnoy getting the right advise from his civilian and military people prior to patrol in these areas known to be hideout of ASG and renegade MILFs?  Of course Pnoy has the right to get upset with his military chain. This was a big set back for him where 40+ military personnel died or wounded in the battle. The beheading/mutilation of 6 military personnel were the handy work of uncivilized people. Pnoy should declare war against ASG/MILF in Basilan and he should go all out in getting those who were responsible like what Estrada did. Let it be known Pnoy is for one country, one government and one people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NKQVDWJTDD7GE3KKLMNFLKL2JQ Meeney Miney

    I sympathize with the SF soldiers, the AFP, the police and all those who risk their lives to protect the citizens of the country. I ask all of you who read this and pass it on to others. Let us all say our prayers and find ways to give support for the soldiers and others who put their lives in danger just to protect us. They deserve our support more than ever this time BECAUSE OUR STUPID PRESIDENT DOES NOT! HE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE AFP! Pinagalitan pa! He is the commander in chief yet when many soldiers were cut down sinisi pa nya mga sundalo for going there who are just doing their jobs. Wala man lang hot pursuit!
    Naubusan ng bala ang mga sundalo. Bakit mauubusan ng bala? Kasi walang suporta. Reinforcements and resupply were withheld. Di pwede maubusan ng bala basta basta ang mga sundalo sa isang major operation.  Kasama sa plano ang fire support, resupply and extraction etc. 9 hours na labanan during daytime. Bakit di napadalhan ng suporta? Sinadya yun ng mga pulitiko just to save their stupid truce sa Moro rebels.
    We just are left to wonder how many soldiers/ policemen’s lives he is willing to sacrifice for his truce?  This president/commander in chief has just signed the death sentence of soldiers and policemen in the field. I hope he can sleep at night.
    To the brave SF soldiers…Rest in Peace…May God bless your souls…
    To the bereaved families… May God comfort you and bless you always…
    To the men and women of the AFP, PNP.. This country owes you so much.  May the Lord guide you and protect you always…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H723TQIZDBTIT3DP4QR5ZRBDAY gani v.

    Special Forces was ambushed ? Why? What happened to intel? If I’m also the President I’ll be mad. MILF claimed that they have spy inside the military. Kill those eyes and ears first, before losing more soldiers.

    To the survivors of the fallen; condolence with deepest sympathy….. R.I.P. braved soldiers

  • kris makati

    the feeling is mutual daw sabi ng mga soldiers… dismayado din sila sa performance mo ungas.

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