Filipino peacekeeping troops to arrive in Haiti

House Representative Ferdinand Romualdez spoke in chambers supported by several of his colleagues to laud the courage of a 40-member Filipino peacekeeping contingent, who fought the well-armed Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights. They managed to pull off what has been called the "greatest escape" to return home to Manila. Romualdez along with Representative Ben Evardone and other legislators formed an independent minority bloc to encourage House leadership to officially recognize the soldiers' valor in standing their ground when Syrian rebels attempted to overtake the Golan Heights UN peacekeeping camp.


In his remarks to House leadership Romualdez said the Filipino peacekeeping troops were worthy of the House's commendation ". . . for the bravery, courage, and professionalism they displayed during the attack despite being outnumbered . . ." He also reminded the House the soldiers held to ". . . the military's core values of courage . . . (and) for showing (the) highest levels of professionalism and competence . . ."

As soon as the peacekeeping troops arrived home to Manila, another contingent of 157 Filipino peacekeepers was dispatched to Haiti to the MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission. They are replacing a 155 naval contingent that has completed its mission. Military Chief General Gregorio Catapang has gone on record to say ". . . AFP will continue to support the peacekeeping missions of the United Nations"

In the meantime Evardone has filed House Resolution 1517 to praise the soldiers' "unparalled valor and firm commitment".

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