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Palace: PHL govt has contingency plan for peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Posted On 2014 Sep 01
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A contingent of Philippine soldiers – more than 70 strong – manned this UN post in Golan Heights before engaging Syrian rebels for seven hours on Saturday. Though surrounded and attacked with heavy artillery, the Filipino UN peacekeepers held their ground and were able to escape through the cover of darkness. Photos of Filipino UN peacekeepers in Golan Heighs by First Consul Elmer G. Cato/DFA.

A contingent of Philippine soldiers – more than 70 strong – manned this UN post in Golan Heights before engaging Syrian rebels for seven hours on Saturday. Though surrounded and attacked with heavy artillery, the Filipino UN peacekeepers held their ground and were able to escape through the cover of darkness. Photos of Filipino UN peacekeepers in Golan Heighs by First Consul Elmer G. Cato/DFA.

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government has contingency plans for at least 75 Filipino peacekeepers locked in a standoff with Syrian rebels at Golan Heights, Malacañang said Saturday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on government-run dzRB radio said, “Meron namang contingency plan, but we’ll leave it to the AFP to speak kung ano ang possible next steps.”

“Our men are holding their ground and we are all hoping that the tension will ease and that they will be brought home safely,” she added.

Also, Valte said “The AFP continues to brief President Benigno Aquino III on a regular basis.”

In the meantime, she appealed to Filipinos to offer prayers for the safety of the peacekeepers.

“Siguro damayan natin sila sa kanilang pagdarasal at pagasa na ma-defuse ang sitwasyon sa Golan Heights at maiuwi nang matiwasay ang ating mga sundalo,” she said.

On Friday, Philippine military Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak sought prayers for some 75 Filipino UN peacekeepers locked in a standoff with armed Syrian rebels in Golan Heights.

An article posted late Friday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site said Tumulak called on Filipinos to pray for the troopers’ safety. (MNS)

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