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Int’l community hails submission of Bangsamoro bill to Congress


The international community hailed the submission of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft by President Benigno Aquino III to Congress, calling it an important step towards peace and development in Mindanao.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace backs PH peacekeepers’ escape

In this handout photo taken on October 2013 and released by Philippine Armed Forces public affairs office (AFP-PAO) on August 29, 2014 shows officers and men of the 7th Philippine peacekeeping force bound for the Golan Heights posing for photos during their send-off ceremony at the army heradquarters in Manila.  Heavily armed Philippine peacekeepers defied Syrian rebels on August 29 in a Golan Heights standoff hours after the gunmen disarmed and took hostage 43 Fijian soldiers there, Filipino authorities said. AP

The Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights who made a daring escape from the Syrian rebels after being locked in a standoff “could hardly be called cowards,” Malacanang said Saturday.

Posted: September 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Peacekeepers won’t be going back to Golan Heights

This undated image attached in a statement released on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 on the Hanin Network website, a militant website, shows the identification cards of Fijian UN peacekeepers who were seized by The Nusra Front on Thursday in the Golan Heights in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel. Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hanin Network Website)

As agreed upon even before Filipino soldiers engaged Syrian rebels in a gunfight over the weekend, no additional peacekeepers will be sent to Golan Heights, Malacañang said Thursday.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Undof Commander Singha rejects Enriquez resignation

AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala. Noy Morcoso lll/INQUIRER.net PHOTO

After giving the order for the “greatest escape,” the Filipino Chief of Staff of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) submitted his resignation papers, but the Force Commander has other thoughts.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Undof commander Singha’s order of surrender unacceptable, AFP Chief says

Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang shows reporters where Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights have been repositioned during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city. AP

With the death-defying “greatest escape” complete, the top brass of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Tuesday that Filipinos surrendering to Syrian rebels was “unacceptable.”

Posted: September 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »