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AFP working on repatriation of PH Peacekeepers from Liberia

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 08:16 PM October 14, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Military are working on the repatriation of Philippine troops working as United Nations Peacekeepers from Liberia which has been stricken with the Ebola epidemic.

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office Chief, said the tentative date for the return of the 110 Peacekeepers is November 10.

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Philippine troops, who were deployed in the Golan Heights as U.N. Peacekeepers and recently battled Syrian rebels, arrive late Sunday, Sept 21, 2014 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future. A group of 244 Philippine peacekeepers flew back to Manila on Friday after being recalled, while 84 more arrived home Sunday, ending a five-year presence in the increasingly volatile Golan.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippine troops, who were deployed in the Golan Heights as U.N. Peacekeepers. AP FILE PHOTO

General Gregorio Pio Catapang said President Benigno Aquino III ordered the pull out of the troops from the West African nation which has suffered from the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

AFP’s chief said that there would be no heroes’ welcome for the contingent as they would have to go to a 21-day quarantine immediately after they land.

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Cabunoc said that once the contingent finishes the 10-day quarantine, and they are declared safe, they would be given a break to have time with their families, after which they would report to the Philippine Air Force, the mother unit of the Liberia contingent.

“Proper protocols will be observed upon their return to our country,” Cabunoc said.

As of Tuesday, the AFP is searching for a suitable quarantine area with the suitable facilities thst could house the 110 Peacekeepers.

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