AFP chief happy with UNDOF commander's change of tune | Global News

AFP chief happy with UNDOF commander’s change of tune

/ 06:24 PM October 12, 2014
Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr. talks to soldiers at the 2nd Marine Brigade Headquarters in Sulu on Sunday after holding a command conference. FRANCES MANGOSING/INQUIRER.net

Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr. talks to soldiers at the 2nd Marine Brigade Headquarters in Sulu on Sunday after holding a command conference. FRANCES MANGOSING/INQUIRER.net

SULU, Philippines — The Philippine military chief is pleased that United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Iqbal Singh Singha has finally acknowledged the Filipino peacekeepers’ “bravery” in Golan Heights.

“Thank you very much,” Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr. told reporters in the sidelines after he spoke to troops at the 2nd Marine Brigade Headquarters in Jolo on Sunday.

ADVERTISEMENT

Singha earlier labeled the Filipino peacekeepers’ escape in Golan Heights as an “act of cowardice.”

This was after Catapang sought investigation on Singha’s supposed orders to Filipino troops to surrender their firearms. The Filipinos refused to oblige and Catapang claimed this decision of Singha put the lives of the Filipinos in danger.

FEATURED STORIES

After taking hostage dozens of Fijian peacekeepers in Golan Heights last August, Syrian rebels tried to do the same to Filipino peacekeepers and asked them to surrender their firearms to which they refused. This led to a standoff and a firefight that raged for a few days, but Filipino peacekeepers managed to escape while the rebels were sleeping.

But just this week, Singha lauded the Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights that refused to surrender their firearms and engaged with Syrian rebels.

“The Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers bravely faced the situation, and exhibited raw courage, resilience and patience,” Singha said last Thursday in New York.

Filipino peacekeepers pulled out two weeks earlier than scheduled last month due to the escalating tension in the region.
“You know we all have our interests. National interest, United Nations interest. So I think all is well that ends well. Bati-bati na lang muna tayo,” Catapang said.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED STORIES

Undof commander was the coward, not Filipino peacekeepers

PH pulls peacekeepers out of Golan Heights ahead of time

Subscribe to our global nation newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Features, Filipino peacekeepers, Global Nation, Golan Heights, United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Iqbal Singh Singha
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our global news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2023 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.